How to Train Your Dog to Socialize
“A well-trained dog will make no attempt to share your lunch. He will just make you feel so guilty that you cannot enjoy it.” Helen Thomson
Being the social creatures that they are, dogs need to socialize as humans do. If kids need to be around other kids to learn how to make friends and behave properly, dogs need other dogs too to learn how to be a good dog. Dogs barking or attacking without reason are indications that they were not trained properly. This can endanger their health, cause harm to others, and usually make medical treatment difficult when it’s needed. This is why starting at a young age to train them is necessary. Regular exposure to other dogs and other people will ensure that your dog will develop into a friendly and self-confident grown-up.
Puppies learn to socialize the moment they are born. Interaction with its mom and siblings is the first step of learning and is essential in forming a stable foundation for their socializing skills. Your turn to continue the socialization training starts as soon as your puppy leaves the litter.
After weaning is the best time to introduce your puppy to different sensations, sceneries, scents, and sounds without it being afraid. Missing out on this opportunity, your puppy will likely be unable to learn how to be at ease around things they are not familiar with. This could lead them to misbehave when faced with unfamiliar situations.
Below are some tips:
Let your puppy get used to being touched and handled by different people every day. Hold it gently and make the moment enjoyable for the puppy. Carry it in various positions, touch its feet, caress its body, and make eye contact.
Introduce Different Sounds
Make your puppy listen to various sounds so it won’t be startled easily. Listening to people talking, tv sounds, radio, passing cars, and sounds of children is a good start.
Cordial Meal Times
Keep your puppy from having a resource guarding habit. Train your puppy to be relaxed while eating even if somebody comes near the food bowl. Untrained dogs often feel apprehensive when someone goes near their precious resources and become aggressive to protect it from being stolen. Go to the food bowl while your puppy is eating and put in a better treat then leave. Do this a few more times until your puppy starts to anticipate this action.
Let Your Pet Enjoy Me Times
Dogs are prone to separation anxiety. This is one of the most common issues that dog owners encounter. Non-stop barking or getting into trouble while the owner is away often happens. Teach your puppy to not panic when left on its own. Take time out to keep your puppy alone in a box, crate, or an area where it can be by itself. Leave a toy to chew on or some activity to keep it occupied. Give a reward after the confinement period. Repeat doing this until your puppy doesn’ mind being left alone anymore.
Showing your fur baby who’s the boss is not necessary. Enforcing dominance through aggressive approaches like holding them down frequently can make them hostile instead. Reward your puppy with treats for correct behavior. Tell your dog no when it misbehaves. Don’t shout, say it in a firm but calm and confident tone. Be consistent.
Interaction with New People and Pets Every Day
Let your puppy experience friendly encounters with different adults, children, cats, and other dogs. Taking daily walks around your community or going to the park will greatly improve your puppy’s behavior.
Put an End to Biting
Puppies are inclined to use their mouths to explore and this could sometimes lead to biting. Teething can cause them to bite too. Redirect this behavior by giving them suitable toys to bite. When puppies play among themselves, play biting is inevitable. Sometimes when the bite is too hard, the puppy receiving the bite will yelp and the one biting will stop. You can imitate this by making a sound when bitten and then stop playing. This will teach your puppy that biting is wrong and will not do it again.
Training your dog to socialize doesn’t end here. Training should still be provided through adolescence and adulthood.