The Village Vets, James and Ant, tell you all about the importance of socialising your puppy.
It's really important that you socialise your pet to prevent unwanted behaviours down the track - barking, separation anxiety, digging, urinating when you get home.
There's a critical socialisation window between six and 12 weeks. Whatever you do with your dog during this time frame - they are going to think is normal for the rest of their life. So it's really important to set them up during this key period.
A great starting point is puppy pre-school. Most vets now run a puppy pre-school; it's well worth your while attending.
A really key point to this is rewarding the right behaviours and not rewarding the wrong behaviours, and that's the basic of dog training. It's really important to remember that dogs are pack animals, and their behaviour is geared towards that, so if you only have one dog, their pack is your family.
So you've got to always interpret their behaviour in terms of that pack mentality, and realise that a lot of anxiety does come from being on their own.