One of the best ways to socialise your canine best friend with other dogs is through carefully controlled and supervised play.
Care is needed though, especially if you pup is a little quiet/shy by nature. A free for all session where you don't know who else will turn up and take pot luck on the day can easily overwhelm a young puppy (even quite a confident one).
Much better is to find opportunities to let you pup have a play date with a small group of compatible pups of a similar age, size and disposition and of course to practice your recall amongst other dogs letting them go play again as a reward!
One of the ladies who started training her puppy here recently commented that they had just had a family holiday in Norfolk exploring the beaches and she was thrilled that even with the distraction of other dogs her pup responded really well and recalled with ease amongst the other dogs. The technique of using your pups biggest distraction, i.e. another pup, as a reward for coming to you is one of the most important life lessons for a young dog.
Our puppy course includes a 15 minute play time at the end of every lesson once the pups have started to get to know each other (and so have we) so we can match compatible pups in a small group to play in our fully fenced and enclosed training field.
Puppy playtime is really important for owners too allowing you to: