Nov 13 , 2023
HERE ARE SOME TIPS TO HELP YOU OUT.
Just taking your dog out to a public place and walking around will help him grow more comfortable with the world and people around him. From cars driving down the street to the mailman, the world becomes a little bit less scary once you’ve been around the block a time or two.Keep your buddy on a short leash and get your exercise on—there’s a lot to see and plenty to smell. Take different routes, allowing your buddy the chance to meet new friends and experience a wide variety of sights.
MIXING IT UP
Expose your dog to a wide variety of people, from men and women to children, so he can get acclimated to the idea of people (who are much bigger). The idea is that if your dog only ever hangs out with one person, he may grow wary of anyone that isn’t that person, so it’s crucial to diversify your dog’s social calendar and make time for meet-and-greets.
Stay calm and confident if your dog acts scared. Don’t push, but don’t make a big deal out of skittish behavior, either.
Ensure that people pet your dog where their hands can be seen, like on your dog’s chest or chin.
Use treats to give your dog a positive association with new people and experiences.
Go back to the basics. A dog who is confident with their training and routine makes for a well-rounded pooch.
TIMING IT RIGHT
Between 3 and 12 weeks of age is the sweet spot for socializing a puppy.
Typically, new puppies should be exposed to:
Unfamiliar dress (hoods, jackets, sunglasses, hats)
Body handling (ears, paws, tail, and so on)
Parks, bodies of water, woods, and beaches
Different types of flooring and ground surfaces
Common neighborhood objects like street signs, bicycles, strollers, skateboards, benches
Cats and Other dogs
DOG CLASSES ARE A GREAT OPTION
Dog training classes are also a great place to meet other dogs and people in a safe and controlled environment.
HOW TO SOCIALISE YOUR DOG WITH OTHER DOGS
Most dogs will do anything for a treat, so it’s handy to have a stash of these to keep your dog on his best behavior. Anytime your dog has a successful interaction with another dog, what do you do? You guessed it—give ’em a treat! This encourages positive social behavior.
Tasty, high-value treats will get more mileage—my dog is crazy for OUR TREATS but you’ll know your dog’s preferences best. String cheese, bits of cooked chicken, or small pieces of a hard boiled egg are typically very popular with dogs. Just adjust your dog’s calorie intake at mealtime to compensate for the extra calories at snack time.Let your bright-eyed and bushy-tailed buddy have a lap around the park and make the rounds. If you’re confident about recall, try an off-leash park, or set up a play date at a friend’s place with their dog.
FOLLOW YOUR DOG’S CUES
Make sure interactions are long enough to get acquainted, but not so long as to wear your buddy out.
It’s just like you and your BFF: spend too much time together and you might start to notice things you never noticed before…for better or for worse.
Introducing a three pound Chihuahua to a Great Dane might sound adorable, but remember to exercise caution when introducing dogs
Always make sure the other party is friendly before facilitating a meet and sniff. Know the signs of discomfort also in your pets (excessive panting, yawning, tail between the legs) and act accordingly.
Remember: practice makes perfect and the more successful interactions your dog has with his brethren, the easier it will get.
By Chona Kasinger
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