Socialisation . . .

SOCIALISATION starts right at home getting your puppy accustomed to the sights & sounds of the world in which it lives. Your new puppy needs to be able to deal with the household, the family, the washing machine, the vacuum cleaner, visitors to your home, etc. Japanese Spitz are a sensitive breed and can sometimes exhibit fear to one or more of the above, if so gradual & repeated exposure to the problem together with distraction with a favourite toy plus treating with a tit-bit will ultimately bring success.

Once your puppy is comfortable with the home environment it is time to investigate the wider world where the very inquisitive nature of the breed will often put its snout where it should not. The starting point for any trip beyond the home is to get your puppy used to its collar & lead.

Use a lightweight rolled collar & lead and ensure the fit is such that it will not slip over the puppies head; again be gradual and using distraction first try the collar for short periods, then adding the lead and allow the puppy to simply 'trail' the lead behind itself. Once used to this you can then pick up the lead and encourage the puppy to walk with you.

Start with brief 5 min walks and build up from there by introducing areas with traffic noise, busy town centre areas, parks with wild fowl, horses, etc. but most importantly do not forget your camera so you can capture these experiences forever.

Ownership . . .