with your dog
Socializing your dog is part of
the whole dog training picture.
Combined with good pack
leadership and good obedience,
socializing your dog will make
him a well-rounded member of
beginning around 3 weeks of age,
starts to sort out and learn how
to deal with different forms of
stimuli. These different forms
of stimuli can be anything from
humans to different animals, or
simply a different environment.
The idea behind socialization is
to make these NEW experiences
pleasant and manageable for your
mind that just taking your dog
to the local dog park may not be
the best idea for this part of
his training in the beginning.
You want to do your best to make
sure that you have a fairly
controlled environment to
socialize your dog in. I can't
count the number of times that
clients have called me after
their dog had a BAD experience
either at the dog park or at the
local doggie play date. The
reason is always the same: they
simply didn't know how the other
dogs there would react their
dog. CONTROL YOUR VARIABLES.
If your dog
has a pleasant experience in new
settings with people and with
animals, the effects on him will
be positive and long lasting.
Similarly, if your dog has a bad
experience with these new
settings, the effects on him
will also be long lasting.
Dogs of all
ages need socialization. Most
owners look into socializing
their puppy, but socializing is
important throughout your dog's
pleasant and non stressful and
keep it going to keep the
positive results flowing.
- Set up a
play date with dogs you know
aren't aggressive to other dogs.
non-threatening people to your
dog gently and ask that they not
look, talk, or touch the dog for
the first 5 or 10 minutes that
- Let the
dog investigate on his own or
put him in his
going to new places keep your
dog on a leash and take it slow.
Remember to not over-stimulate
him. Work into heavier stimuli
such as crowds or new animals
gradually. Start from a distance
and work your way towards the
- Do it
often for short periods of time.
article should get you going on
your way to having a well
rounded dog. Good luck, and
remember: a couple of minutes a
day goes a LONG way.
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