Socializing your Puppy for SuccessSocializing your Puppy for Success

Familiarity and experience are the keys to your dog’s socialization with other dogs. Your dog should have positive experiences with as many people, places, and animals as possible.

Are you able to control your dog’s behaviour when interacting with other dogs and people? Some dogs display curious personality quirks. People with beards or gloves are concerned for their dogs. They bark furiously when they see another dog or are afraid to get in a car.

This behaviour is called socialization. Socialization should be started young and continue into adulthood. Even dogs that have been adopted as adults can benefit from socialization training.

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Familiarity and experience are the keys to socialization. Your dog should have positive experiences with as many people, places, and animals as possible.

Repeated exposure is not enough. Your dog must have positive experiences in new situations. If your dog is afraid of strangers, it won’t help to invite them over.

Keep them young

Puppy parties at your vet clinic and training school are great opportunities for your dog and other dogs to make friends. Refrain from indulging anxious dogs or disciplining rowdy ones. Dogs are social animals. They need to learn how to interact with one another.

Allow them to meet people of all sizes and ages. Have some treats on hand to reward good behaviour. Never leave your dog with infants or toddlers. Young children can hurt or fear your dog, and if your dog feels uneasy or startled, it may turn on you.

Take your dog on a walk that isn’t his usual route and show him places he has never been. He will feel more at ease in situations not his normal surroundings, the more he experiences them.

You are the leader

Dogs naturally have a strong sense of hierarchy. You should always be at the top. Before he can be confident and unafraid, he needs to feel secure.

It would be best to stop trying to get your dog used to larger animals. Until you can show that you are comfortable with the situation, you will do more harm than good.

It is simple and effective to help your dog socialize. Keep his attention on you when he’s in unfamiliar situations. Because you are strong and competent, your dog will recognize you as his pack leader and take comfort in knowing that you will take care of.

Professional assistance

Do not hesitate to seek professional help if your dog displays aggressive behaviour. Although aggressive behaviour is not necessarily a sign of a bad dog, it should be treated quickly. Talk to your vet to find a behaviour specialist.