Socializing Your Puppy

Dog training starts with socializing your puppy or adult dog. Dogs are a naturally kind and sociable breed, but they too can develop behavioral problems if you do not take the time to properly socialize them. Socialization is an essential part of helping your puppy’s character develop as an adult dog.

Let Your Puppy Meet People

The best way to start socializing your new puppy with new people is by inviting visitors to your house. Tell your visitors that you are in the socialization part of puppy training and that it will be beneficial if they do not acknowledge your new pup except when he is calm and behaving properly. You may also make use of commands like “sit” and “down” during this period to train good behavioral tricks to your puppy and prevent certain behavioral issues, such as jumping or being overexcited. Whenever your dog behaves, give a reward and praise.

Expose Your Puppy to Other Dogs

Introducing your new puppy to other pet dogs must be done in a neutral location to prevent territorial aggression. Begin by putting the dogs on opposite sides of a fence until they feel comfortable with each other. Next, go for a walk, with each individual handling their particular dog for 5 to 10 minutes or until the dogs demonstrate signs exhibiting their willingness to socialize. At this time, you can allow the dogs to meet one another while redirecting your puppy’s focus to yourself every five minutes or so to prevent him or her from becoming anxious or overexcited. As soon as the dogs are familiarized with each other, the process can be repeated at home.

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Explore Your Home With Your Puppy

There are many situations and objects at home that your dog may find scary if they aren’t properly introduced to them. Some of these include fireworks, vacuum, fans, knocking on the door, deliveries, large objects, such as chairs, washing machine, etc.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with these types of things at home is keeping your calm. In certain situations, such as with fireworks, it’s better if you don’t make a big deal out of you puppy’s fear, but rather redirect his attention to another activity. This will reassure your dog that there is nothing to fear, whereas acknowledging the problem usually only makes it worse.

Visit Exciting Places With Your Puppy

Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, you can begin socializing outside of your home. You and your dog should visit different locations, such as parks, pet stores, and veterinary clinics, and interact with different types of people, including individuals with physical disabilities (so the dog is not afraid of wheelchairs, canes, etc.), joggers, cyclists, youngsters, and construction workers, among others. It is essential that your new puppy is exposed to diverse environments, such as the city, country, and beach, so that he or she gets used to different smells and noises.

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