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At just eight weeks old, Lawson is starting to show some of the characteristics that we require in a fully trained dog: confidence, an interest in people and in playing. On arrival in Banbury, Lawson was given a health check by the vet, along with his first vaccination. Life is tiring when you are a small puppy, so Lawson was given time to have a nice sleep, in a comfortable basket, before Puppy Coordinator Vicki took him to his new home in the West Midlands, to meet socialiser Alison and her family.
Until Lawson has had his full set of vaccinations, Alison will carry him when they are out and about. It is important for Alison to introduce Lawson to a variety of environments from a very young age, so that he becomes accustomed to the world around him. Once his vaccinations are complete, Lawson can begin to go for short lead-walks. Walks will initially be on quiet roads, so that he is introduced to passing traffic from a safe distance. Then, as his confidence grows, he will be introduced to busier roads, so he learns not to be startled by cars rushing by and any unexpected loud noises. Alison will make sure that Lawson has lots of opportunities to meet other dogs, people and children, so he learns not to be scared or anxious, and how to behave politely when he is meeting and greeting someone new.