When you have a new puppy at home, it's often tempting to invite your friends and family over to coo over the new arrival, play games and feed dry dog food treats to your furry friend.

And while it's important not to overwhelm your pooch in these all -important and rather daunting first few weeks, experts point out that regular visitors can actually prove rather useful in helping socialise your young pup.

Although your vet will advise you not to start training your pet until they've had their second set of vaccinations (usually at around 12 weeks) it's a good idea to start socialising your puppy even before this age.

Kennel Club communications director Caroline Kisko points out that puppies learn their vitally important social skills predominantly between the ages of three and 14 weeks, so this is the time owners should be providing plenty of social interaction.

"You can ensure this by making sure lots of people come into your home to meet the puppy, as well as other vaccinated dogs," she says.

Not only will this provide plenty of mental stimulation for your young dog, but it will also ensure that they will grow up to be a good tempered and well-behaved family pet.

"In a nutshell, the more people and dogs your puppy comes into contact with in the early stages of his life, the more socialised and well-balanced he will be as he becomes an adult," Caroline adds.

"Failing to properly train or socialise a dog can potentially lead to issues later in life, such as general misbehaviour or more serious issues like aggression."

However, it is important to make sure that any friends or family who visit your puppy during this period behave calmly around your youngster, while owners should also ensure they only allow fully-vaccinated, well-trained older dogs to socialise with a young pup.

Written by: Hannah