It’s important for your pup to make new friends. It increases their socialisation skills and helps them stay calm and friendly around others. However, your dog can also help you socialise at the same time!
Looking for new friends? Look no further! Puppy play dates can be beneficial for both pup and owner.
If you’ve never had or been on a puppy play date before, here are a few ways you two can be ready before the big date!
If you have an adorable little puppy, they’re most likely to be rambunctious, wild and looking for fun. Some obedience classes will be needed to ensure that they are well trained so that they behave on their date. You can take this opportunity for you two to make new friends. If you’re both new, talk to some other owners and ask for tips on how to better train your dog. If you two have been attending for a while, give some tips to some new owners. Also make sure your pup is socialising as well. Slowly allow them to meet other dogs that are the same size as them so that they don’t get intimidated easily. Once they’re used to meeting new friends, they’ll be able to approach anyone with friendliness and discipline.
Go for a walk:
An easy way to make new friends, especially once your pooch is well trained, is to take them for a walk. This is a great way for your dog to be exposed to breeds of all shapes and sizes in your neighbourhood. Once they’re comfortable meeting new dogs, you can take them to the local dog park where they can run and make new friends. At the same time, you can strike up a conversation with local dog owners. Laugh along together when the dogs do something cute or funny. Ask them any questions you have about raising your pet. Talk about a recent movie you saw. The conversation topics are endless!
Join a Playgroup:
There are plenty of playgroups around where you and your dog can make new friends. Google a local group that benefits both you and your pooch. Once you find one, head on down and make some new friends! Depending on your dog’s breed, joining a playgroup that caters to a certain breed may be beneficial for your pup. Especially if your pup is small, having them around the same breed or other small dogs may help them be less intimidated than if they were around bigger ones. Once they’ve settled in, strike up a conversation with other members about how your dogs are the best pets ever!
The Play Date:
Once you and your pup have made new friends, you can organise a play date! Make sure it’s at a home that’s safe and large so they have plenty of room to run around and have some fun! Also make sure that your dog is comfortable around new people and environments. You don’t want any accidents to happen if they’re shy! Set your pups up in a backyard with their new furry friends and sit down, relax and have a coffee! Just be sure you keep a watchful eye on the little ones.
What tips do you have for puppy play dates! Comment below and let us know!