Getting your puppy used to people and other dogs can be a delicate but important process. It’s vital to teach them to play well with other dogs, handle new places and react to new people and other pets in a friendly and easy-going way. Pups who don’t develop good social skills can become fearful and sometimes aggressive.
To avoid that, here are some tips to help you prepare your furry friend for the world!
Sign-up for Puppy School:
As well as teaching your puppy good behaviour habits, most schools will spend some time on socialising. Professional trainers can help you with any concerns you may have for you and your pup along with teaching you the power of body language!
You both may make a few great friends along the way – bonus!
Take them out to new places:
Introduce your furry friends to as many different types of people as you can. Taking them to a market or to a café gives them an opportunity to observe and become comfortable around other people.
Get a little help from your friends:
Getting your friends to hang out with your adorable pup isn’t difficult. If you know somebody with a dog, why not set-up a little play date?! Trust is vital so find a playmate you know is friendly and patient.
Regular walks at a dog park:
Dog parks are a good way of introducing your pet to other dogs of all shapes and sizes. It’s important to set a good example for your pup and greet other dogs warmly. Start by introducing your pup to dogs of a similar size and if in doubt, keep them on the lead in case they get too scared or aggressive so you can easily walk them away.
Treat it like training:
A good way to encourage good socialising behaviour is to reward your little fluffy friend when they do something well. Have a few treats handy for when you go for a walk or visit your friends and they behave in a friendly and sociable way. Your dog will soon find the incentive to be on their best behaviour!
What are some of your concerns with socialising your puppy? Do you have any tips from personal experience? Comment and let us know.