If you want to make your pups feel comfortable around other dogs and people, the trick is socializing your dog. That helps when your pet has new experiences, like being in different environments or meeting new people. If you didn’t start when your dog was a puppy, you’ll be happy to know that older dogs can still learn new tricks. Let’s look at these essential tips for socializing your dog.
You don’t want to scare your pup and overwhelm him with too much at once. Before you introduce your pet to new surroundings, be sure he’s calm and ready for something new. You’ll want the first time to be in a controlled setting so you can intervene if necessary.
Taking your pup for a daily walk to public places will help get him more comfortable with the outside world. There will be people, cars, and different buildings that bring new sensations. To your dog, the world will become less scary after walking around the neighborhood a few times. Using a no-pull harness is helpful to make the walk easier for you both.
If your dog hasn’t been around other animals, you’ll want to try introducing him to another dog. The best way to let two canines meet is through an activity they’re familiar with, like walking. Keep plenty of space between them and observe their interactions. When your pup remains polite and relaxed, give him treats as a reward. Some dogs can become aggressive, so space and supervision are required.
Dogs who have anxiety may be fearful of humans. One way around that is slowly getting them accustomed to other people. Ask a friend to come over and to not pay attention to your dog at first. Then, if your pup remains calm, have your friend reward him with his favorite treats. Treats create lasting friendships for dogs!
This step is only after you’re sure your canine is comfy around other people and pets. Once you are confident, head down to the local dog park. Don’t let your pup run wild on the first visit. Keep him on his leash and walk him around the perimeter of the park. If your pet remains calm, you can go inside the fenced area on your next visit. Always keep your pet on a leash until you’re confident he feels relaxed enough to be around other pets. Keep giving those treats as rewards when your dog is calm and obeys commands.
Many pet parents want to take their dogs wherever they go. It’s hard to do this if your pet isn’t properly socialized. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to a more relaxed, happy dog who loves living life on the go. Your dog is your best friend, and it’s never too late to get one ready for outside experiences. Get started today and stay positive. It may take some time, but the results and bond with your dog will be worth it.