The do's and don'ts when socializing your puppy
Now that you are the brand new mother or father of a new pup, you need to ensure that it grows in to a well adjusted, obedient and healthy dog. The very first stage of your journey will be to make certain your pup gets socialized. Socialization will be the basis for how your dog handles aggression and obedience. Listed here are a couple of suggestions to bear in mind on your journey.
When it's time for your pup to interact with other animals or people you must make sure that this is done as calmly and peacefully as possible. You do not want to make your pups first experiences scary or confusing. Ensure that your puppy is in a safe environment that he will not be frightened in.
It's an entire new world for these small fellows, so get them started gently. Begin with family members and buddies, the more individuals they meet, the much less they'll be frightened by strangers. As soon as they've mastered meeting individuals, introduce them to your buddies and neighbors dogs, so long as those pups are gentle and obedient. It is all about making sure your pup feels safe.
Next, while they are still young, you'll want to take them out in public as often as possible. Take them to parks and playgrounds, walk them to the store or drive them to pet stores. Basically just get them meeting and used to strangers on a regular basis.
These are thing that you should do when training a puppy to be an obedient dog. Now there are some things to avoid. The first is never wait too long to start the socialization process. The younger they start the better and easier it will be for them to accept other people, pets and surroundings in their lives.
Avoid putting your pup in stressful situations where they may not feel safe. If you must go in uncharted territories, for example when traveling, give them a safe place to be by themselves but at the same time keep an eye on you. Don't let them go close to strange animals you don't know. You never know how another dog is going to behave if you don't know them and it only takes one attack can traumatize your pup and change its behavior forever.
Never reward your puppy for being afraid, it will only enhance this behavior. This isn't just a problem for your dog because often when dogs are scared they lash out and biting is just one of their defense mechanisms. You do not want to encourage that behavior.
The last thing to keep in mind as a dog trainer is to be patient. You do not want to rush your puppy through the process as all dogs are going to learn at their own pace. You are much better off letting them go at their own pace and actually see results than rushing them through only to find they learned nothing.
If your dog is not socializing well with others despite all your attempts, you might want to call in the top guns. Check out other in-depth training practices that will teach you much more than the basics covered here.