Socialization is the act of exposing your puppy to the world. It starts at birth and this critical period ends after 14 weeks of age. Socialization involves introducing your puppy to new objects, places, people, and situations. This needs to be done in ways that help your puppy learn how to respond to and interact with these experiences appropriately without causing fear. These experiences help owners and their puppies build a bond together. Puppy socialization will help your dog grow into a well-rounded adult.