Zarko is only the 3rd dog I've had as a tiny 8 week old pup, those couple of extra months are so important.
When I mention socialization the most common thought is mixing with other dogs. Add to that the fact that you can't walk them until 2 weeks after the second jab and boom it's to late. The key socialization period is 4 to 14 weeks, so assuming the pup arrives at 8 weeks you have 6 weeks.
Socialization is exposure to lots of different things, people, sounds, textures etc.
Every day I go for a walk with Zarko in my arms and this will continue until he can go on the floor.
In the 4 days he's been here we've been to the local shop, both the first and middle school, the vets, the local park, my training Paddock, the pet shop, today were going to the main road.
He's seen all sorts of adults and children, umbrellas, hats, pushchairs, bikes, scooters, cars, a ride on mower,a bus, a cat and dogs. He's heard traffic, squeaky breaks, children screaming and dogs barking.
He's walked on grass, rubber, dirt, puddles and concrete.
Over the coming weeks I will take him to different places to see and hear different things and turn him into a bomb proof adult.