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How to Socialize Your Dog with Humans and Other Dogs

People adopt dogs or puppies and make them a part of their families. Hence, it always helps if the dogs get trained beforehand. But even then, the significance of proper socialization training should never be ruled out. It is one of the best things you can do for your little angel. Pet dogs need to be socialized.

Socialization is a crucial trait that helps them become confident individuals in the future. It would ensure that they can be around other dogs they do not know and other people without much of a problem.

Despite that, some dogs do not like strangers, people they do not know, or other dogs. So, there is a high chance that they grow up to be like that when they become older. Do you like every person you meet? Then you should not expect your dog to do the same with every other person or dog they meet.

However, you can train them to behave themselves when around other people and dogs. If you can teach them how to behave, it may change the way they view various things.

The best step you can take is to prevent any problem by nipping it in the bud. Most of the dogs react aggressively or negatively as they are afraid. Time, consistency, and patience will help a dog overcome their fears. The last thing you want for your nervous dog is a negative association with such interactions.

How to socialize the dog with humans?

Teaching your dog to socialize with other people

  1. You would never want your dog to fear people. If you are serious about that, you should start by bringing them to a local store. Does your dog have issues with other dogs or is not afraid of them?
  2. If not, you can take them to a pet store as well. However, if your dog is afraid of other people and dogs around or does not like them, it is better to stand outside the entrance of a food store or a mall.
  3. In fact, in such cases taking them to a pet store could prove to be too much of a stimulus for them. Always make sure to carry some treats with you like small pieces of hotdogs, leftover chicken, leftover hamburger, turkey from dinner, or some cheese.
  4. If people come ahead and pet your dog, make sure they give him one of the treats they are carrying. Try and get them acquainted with men, children, and women from all races. If your dog is a bit nervous, they might crouch with their bodies close to the ground or hide behind you.
  5. In such cases, they may also tuck their tails behind their legs. If it is, you can ask people to just walk by. Provide them treats without petting them. For such nervous dogs, eye contact can be an intimidating factor. Ensure that when people go past they do not make eye contact with the dog.
  6. By doing this, you get to ensure that your dog makes a positive association with strangers. However, if your dog is showing more severe reactions such as lunging, growling, and nipping, you should get help from a trainer.
  7. In general, however, if you expose your baby to people in such a positive manner and do it several times a week, you would soon start seeing them get excited at the prospect of being around people soon enough.

How do Socialize dogs with other dogs?

Teaching your dog the ways of socializing with other dogs

  1. Socializing your dog with other dogs is a trickier part of the business. It is especially true when your dog already has issues with other dogs, to start with. It is always better to get help from professional dog trainers in these cases.
  2. If you want to prevent your dog from developing a fear of other dogs, you have to set up play dates with other dogs of the same age. Even older ones would be okay. Make their experience a good one and get dogs from various breeds.
  3. Otherwise, your dog would not get used to the prospect of playing with small dogs. However, they would go ballistic the very moment that large and playful Great Dane comes calling for them. You can also admit them to group classes and help them become confident individuals when they grow up.
  4. However, you must also make sure that the trainer you have hired for this purpose believes in teaching techniques of positive reinforcement, such as clicker training. In most group classes, your baby would learn obedience training and get to play with their mates after the class gets over.
  5. You may also try getting them to join a daycare center for dogs. However, you need to ensure in this case that you have checked the facility already. You need to especially watch them handle troublesome situations, such as when a fight breaks out. You have to agree with the steps that they take in such situations.
  6. You have to be realistic in this case. Dogs are always going to disagree with each other. It happens to even the most socialized ones among them. Just like we do, arguments can and do happen between dogs. However, they settle these arguments a lot quicker than we do.
  7. The good thing about these dog daycare centers and group classes is that they are beneficial for dogs of all ages. If your adult dog is shy, these options could be helpful for them as well. This way, they would play and socialize with other dogs even as monitored.
  8. When you train to socialize your dog, you have a confident and happy dog. That way, all the time you spend with them would be one of happiness.
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