Socializing your dog is among the most significant responsibility you took on when you became a pet parent. A confident, well-adjusted dog, is trustworthy around people and other dogs in his immediate pack and beyond, and importantly—people are safe around him.
Thousands of years ago dog were wild beings. Members of their pack taught them important social skills as they learn through interactions with other pack members, picking up verbal cues and body language. Pack boundaries are clear:
Now as domesticated companions dogs must live within human-imposed social boundaries and you are the pack leader - even if it’s just you and your dog.
Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, here are some things to keep in mind as you help your dog navigate a world of other dogs and humans.
Here are some tips for helping to socialize your dog:
Walk your dog every day and introduce them to other dogs. The exercise is beneficial for you both and will provide the opportunity to interest with humans and other dogs, If you have a negative encounter don’t yell or pull back on the leash. Try to use a training sound they know or a quick sideways tug with the leash, or a gentle touch.
Go to the dog park and allow your dog to observe the happy play taking place. If a dog approaches your dog, You can give your dog a treat to reinforce positive behavior. If your dog behaves aggressively, back away and slowly try again when you dog has calmed down.
Visit a pet store where dogie visitors are welcome. This is an excellent opportunity for brief encounters with other dogs and people.
Safely expose your dog to different social activities. Try one new activity each week. Use a leash, and a muzzle if necessary.
Invite over one new person each week. Keep your dog leashed, but don’t force an interaction with the new person. Ask the person to keep an unexcited, even tone, and to offer your dog a treat; if you don’t yet trust your dog to take the treat gently, your guest can toss it on the floor.
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