In this article, I will teach you how to successfully socialize your dog so that you & your furry friend can be around other people & dogs with ease when you are simply just at home or out in public.
Dogs who haven’t been properly socialized may become fearful, difficult to handle, noise-sensitive, nervous around other dogs and people, and frightened of exploring the world if you don’t socializing your dog, It is very important you socialize your dog at an early age. 10 weeks old is the recommended age to start socializing your dog so that they will develop new & good behaviors and will learn to be a well-behaved & balanced dog. Their confidence is sure to grow when each new interaction brings positive reinforcement & experiences.Ways to help socialize your dog include, inviting your friends and family over & their pets to visit your home, taking your dog out of his environment regularly to expose him to unfamiliar objects and noises, and getting him used to being handled . I have Come to realize that children are also a very good way to socialize your dog. With how hyper and active children can be the exposer to children not only help your dog become more comfortable in these situations but also helps children learn how to be more gentle with dogs. It is a win win for everyone. These new interactions & experiences can be very helpful. Remember it can be just as simple as from having a neighbor walk past the house, a car driving by, kids playing outside or simply just having your friends or family over for dinner. Overtime, this will help make experiences like having parties or going to dog friendly restaurants much easier and less stressful! I truly cannot stress to you how important the exposure part of socializing your pet is. You cannot be afraid to expose your pet to people, places & things. Or you will not succeed in socializing your dog. Now don’t get me wrong you do need to expose your dog to people, places & things but you also need to at all times keep you & your pet safe. Don’t expose you or your dog to anything that will hurt you or your dog. You know right from wrong & how to keep both you & your pet safe at all times.
•Go on walks
One of the best & easiest ways to socialize your dog is simple Just by taking your dog out to a public place and walking around will help him grow more comfortable with other dogs and people around him. From cars driving down the road to hearing all kinds of noises & sounds the world becomes a little bit less scary once you’ve been around the block a few times. It gets easier it really does. In no time you will see just how at ease and less stressed you & your dog will feel. You will realize just a little bit of exposure a few hours a day will do wonders for you & your furry friend.
Expose your dog to a wide variety of people, from men and women to children, so he can get use to the idea of people . Your dog is so used to just being around you that he may grow wary of anyone that isn’t that person. Socialization should engage all of your dog senses through exposure to the sights, sounds and smells of daily life. This exposure will help him develop a comfort level with new and different situations, with the result that he will learn to handle new experiences and challenges with acceptable, appropriate behavior.
Introducing a five pound Yorkie to a Golden retriever might sound adorable, but remember to exercise caution when introducing dogs. Always make sure the other dog is friendly before facilitating a meet and sniff. Know the signs of discomfort from your dog.(excessive growling , tail between the legs) Remember: practice makes perfect and the more successful interactions your awesome furry friends has the easier it will get.
Here are some very important tricks & tips to help you along the way to successfully socializing your dog.
- 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 let your dog smell their hands first then make absolutely sure 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 affirmation with new people and experiences.
- Make sure during and after each encounter with people you pet your dog and assure them how great of a job they did. Always keep their confidence up & always make them feel safe & secure.
Last but not least: Make sure interactions are long enough to get acquainted, but not so long as to wear your awesome adorable doggie out.