Let's answer this simple question using When, Why and How?
The first Question that comes to your mind probably is, whether your puppy is ready to socialize, and meet other puppies and dogs.
It is no secret that puppies learn the most when they are 1.5 - 4.5 months of age. This is probably the best time to let your pupper make friends and best friends.
Another important thing is to make sure your darling has taken all the important vaccine shots before any rendezvous with their fellow four legged sweet hearts.
So if your vet has suggested that vaccine has to be taken later, then you have to let them meet in a controlled environment with other pet parents and their pets whom you know personally. You can invite them over or visit their house.
To ensure your puppy is having a whale of a time,
you can be creative and make innovative socializing games for the puppies.
Don't forget to take note of your puppy and how he/she is reacting to this.
If he/she is under stress remove them from the situation and pat and play with them.
Why is socialising your puppy with others of their species important? In order for your doggo to grow up into a balanced adult with a healthy mind, body and soul, introducing your puppy to others is incredibly important so that they can learn social cues from their elders. As Cesar Milan says,
"The biggest reason that people have trouble with their dogs is that they have forgotten how to let them be dogs. The more we humanize our dogs, the more confused or neurotic we make them. A dog doesn’t know how to be a human any more than a human knows how to be a fish."
Introduce them outside of your home- If you let your doggo meet another pal inside your home, he or she might interpret it as an invasion of territory and thus they will get aggressive almost instantly. Call the parent of the dog you wish your puppy to be friends with and arrange for a long walk where they can ease into getting to know each other better without any external pressure.
Supervise- Once the dogs are let out of their leashes, continue supervising their interactions so that you can prevent any attacks by looking for signs.
Training- Ethically trained dogs tend to live happier lives and also makes your journey with them easier. It is good to have your puppy take part in some obedience training before you introduce them to other dogs. Additionally, check with the other pet parents if their darling had previously received some lessons in obedience !
Attention- Giving an unequal amount of attention to either one of the dogs can make our other furry pal jealous, isolated and angry. Both the pet parents should shower the two furry pals with ample amount of attention. By preventing these negative feelings which can at times even be dangerous, you will be doing a favour to you and your puppy pal!
Patience- While humans can fake a friendship, dogs are innocent and straightforward. Any attempt at forcing a relationship they are not interested in is bound to end badly. This socialising process will challenge your patience. But don't give up on your pet yet. Show love, kindness and patience throughout and if the friendship doesn't seem to be working out for your pet, let it be. Introduce them to other dogs if a particular friendship does not seem to be working. Eventually your pet would have gotten another best friend!
"These are our tips to help your pet ease into socializing exercises. As always, consult with your vet and do your own research as well. If you are in doubt, call a fellow pet parent whom you trust and enquire."