Organise a puppy playdate

Organising a puppy playdate can be so much fun! But there are a few things that you have to keep in mind if you want the playdate to be successful.

Keep these in mind:

  • All the puppies need to be under 16 weeks old. The size of the puppy doesn’t matter as much as the age. However, having said that, if you have a tiny Pomeranian puppy and a Great Dane pup, both 12 weeks old, it would not be a good idea for them to be allowed to play together – merely because of the danger that the Dane may step on or paw the Pom by accident. In a case like this, it is better to separate the really large breed pups from the small breed pups. It is ideal if they can still see and hear each other, so that if they should meet a much bigger or smaller dog as an adult, they do have some point of reference.
  • The area must be 100% safe – securely fenced, no drains or holes pups could fall into, and no uncovered swimming pools. It also needs to be a place where no ill animals have been kept or exercised or where stray dogs can roam.
  • There must be shade available for the puppies as well as ample water.
  • Make also sure that there is a place for them to sleep if they want to take a nap.

Wendy Wilson, behaviourist

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