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Puppy Social 101

Properly socializing your puppy is one of the most important things you can do to help then grow up into a well-behaved and well-adjusted adult. However, there are a lot of misconceptions on how exactly to go about doing this. We walk you through how to properly socializing you puppy.

Dianna L. Santos

Dianna L. Santos


Learning that the world is not a scary place, but rather an opportunity for fun and excitement, is about much more than simply playing with other puppies or being thrust onto strangers or placed into strange situations. Proper socializatioin is about teaching your puppy confidence, that you will always keep the safe and giving them the tools to make good decisions.

For instance, a properly socialized puppy will:

  • Look to their handler for safety and security if they get nervous or overwhelmed

  • Will be thoughtful and inqusitive of the world around them

  • Will have good social skills with other dogs, not rushing them or shying away from them

  • Will have good social skills with people, not mugging them or shying away from them

In this course, we use fun and engaging games and exercises to help your puppy learn about the big wide world and that YOU are the most fun part!

While greeting other people is wonderful for your puppy to do and practice, you don't want them growing up to think that they can pull you across the street to mug complete strangers!

Likewise we talk through the do's and don't's of puppy play, and how to go about this in a safe and thoughtful way.

So if you have a puppy, you NEED to take this course!


  • My Handler is the BEST!

  • Strange Surfaces? Fun!

  • That Sounds Weird...Cookies!

  • Sometimes I Play, Sometimes I Train

  • I Can Do This!


  • flat or martingale collar

  • front-clip harness (optional)

  • 6'-8' leash

  • 10'-15' long line

  • LOTS of small, soft and yummy treats

  • variety of enrichment items

Puppy Social 101

Online Dog Training Course


Course features:

  • Effective training methods.

  • Convenient virtual learning.

  • Access on all devices.

    • Mobile.

    • Tablet.

    • Laptop.

    • Desktop.

  • Access material at any time. 

  • Continual access.

    • No deadlines.

    • No cut-off dates.​


Dianna L. Santos


Former AKC Scent Work Judge
Former USCSS Judge and CSD
AKC CGC Evaluator
C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator and Instructor
President, Online Dog Training University, Inc.
President, Cyber Scent Work, Inc.


Pet Dog U is fortunate to have Dianna grant us license to feature her courses, seminars and webinars on our online dog training platform. All of the content in this course is created by, owned by, and the rights to the content, are reserved to Dianna L. Santos.

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