Do’s and Don’ts When Socializing an Adult Dog
Socialization is one of the most important factors of dog ownership. Whether you adopt an older dog or get him as a puppy, this practice is going to help him adjust to his surroundings and be more comfortable. When training and socializing a dog that is passed the initial puppy training phase, there are some important considerations to make in order to reduce Dog Owner Liability.
Do: Take Your Time
Take a walk around your neighborhood or across the street from busy parks to gauge your dog’s reaction. Watch his body language to see if he becomes resistant or nervous upon approaching other people or dogs. Reward your pup with positive reinforcement and treats as he approaches the dog park.
Don’t: Go Straight to the Dog Park
If you go straight for the dog park, your dog might be overwhelmed, which might cause him to shut down or worse, bite someone.
Do: Introduce Him to New People
Especially in the comfort of your home, it’s great to introduce people to your dog one by one. This will boost his confidence and comfort. Once he is comfortable with the person, allow the guest to give him treats and pet him.
Don’t: Allow People to Swarm your Dog
Again, you don’t want to overwhelm your dog and have him potentially react negatively. Avoid large crowds or hasty kids when starting to socialize your four-legged friend.
Do: Schedule a Doggy Playdate
Set up a one on one doggy date for your dog to play with a friend you know he likes. Once he is more comfortable, bring that dog on walks with you by the dog park to ease him into it with added confidence, says Dogster.
Don’t: Bring your Dog to a Party
Too many unfamiliar people and places might cause your dog to shut down, as well. Avoid doing this when socializing your adult dog!
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