How To Socialize Your Dog

>> 7/15/09

Just like people, dogs are social creatures. Some dogs can adapt better to other dogs, cats or whatever other creature then others. There are dogs that can even dislike the other sex of their own breed. Taking in to account that dogs are social animals it's strange that some have difficulties while socializing.

Dog owners often have other dogs and pets visiting or living with them. To make sure all animals live peacefully together is not something that happens on its own. When on top of that your neighbours' dog visits your premises every now and again and the occasional cat wandering through the garden, you better be prepared.

To prevent potential problems you better prepare your dog by socializing him as soon as possible. When dogs grow up, very much like adults, it's more difficult for them to learn the rules of social behavior. It's very important to expose your dog at the earliest age possible to other people and dogs. When they are still puppies the whole world is new and wonderful and they are very open to new experiences.

When your puppy has received all his vaccines it time to meet other dogs and people. It is important that many different people touch him especially in sensitive places like ears, toes and close to the eyes. This will make the visit to the vet much easier. Off course he needs to meet as many other dogs and animals as possible.

Dogs like to explore the world by scent. When two dogs meet they like to sniff each other out. Be on your guard and make sure that both dogs know the rules of proper dog socializing. But normally this should come natural for them and you should give your dog the time to do all the sniffing he wants.

If your puppy likes to jump on or bite other dogs, see if the other dog corrects him in a gentle dog manner. You should only interfere when one of the dogs is at the point of getting injured. Just stay near your puppy for an emergency intervention, just in case. You might want to bring a pair of gloves if you expect fighting.

If they bark constantly you might want to distract them with a snack or play a little bit until the next dog comes along or just try again the next day. What works or not differs from dog to dog and some dogs will have more difficulties to learn than others. You'll learn your dogs character over time while you observe his social behaviour.

An adopted dogs might need extra attention when you (re)socialize him. These dogs often have a past of abuse and injury invoked by humans or other dogs. Their natural tendency is to react with violence to other dogs and people. However they can be socialized and with a little bit of good will you can turn them in to wonderful dogs that love their families and play with other dogs.

Start early, expose for short intervals followed by longer ones, repeat as often as you can. All the time you should be in control of the situation, both physically and mentally.

How To Socialize Your Dog by Daniel Varena

About the Author:

Author Daniel Varena is an expert on dog training and on his website razas de perros you can find all sorts of tips. You can also get all sort of tools to help you with dog training in his shop tienda animales.

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