Socializing Your Dog For Outdoor Activities
Don’t you wish that you could be a dog to understand how their minds work? Dogs have unique personalities. They’re friendly, and then they’re angry, while oftentimes they run after other dogs barking like a mad-man on a walk outside.
Dogs are a handful, especially when they’re puppies. As much as you would love it, dogs are not going to learn to stay, sit, or be nice to guests all on their own. Pet parenting takes time, patience, and some helpful dog training tips.
Grab a pencil, take notes, and keep treats on hand. Your dog cannot spend his life inside a cramped house. Many awesome adventures are just over that horizon with your furry friend.
Why Should I Socialize My Dog?
If you don’t socialize your dog between 7 weeks to four months old it’s likely you’re going to have an aggressive and snapping dog on your hands. Like children, dogs need to experience the world, people and other dogs to gain better social skills.
Having a relaxed four-legged canine companion who loves to go on rides and meet new people is easier to keep up. And remember, since you’re their parent dogs are learning social cues based on your reactions and own behavior.
Dogs Love to Bark and Whine
Are you giving your dog the needed attention he deserves? At the end of a long workday, play around with your dog. All that barking and whining is likely due to cabin fever. Take the dog out for a nice walk every day or just play around in the backyard with their toys to prevent boredom. Dogs are not meant to be inside.
Tip for Walking in the Neighborhood
It’s nice to give your dog a walk around the neighborhood. Or as a dog would call it, ‘an adventure’! Walking your dog is a way to socialize with other people. Dogs grasp their bearings. Keep a good hand on the leash. Dogs are known for running away.
To prevent leash aggression have dogs get used to the leash while in the backyard or around the house. However, don’t tighten your grip the instant you see another leashed dog approaching. Dogs easily sense your anxiety. Give your dog his rightful freedom to roam along the streets while still on the leash.
While you have taught your dog to friendly greet guests teach them that it is not suitable to jump on your guests or other people on a walk. Jumping up only causes a tip over. To train your dog, ignore when they greet you until they’re calm.
A dog should never bare their teeth at you, people or other dogs. Train your dog for the right reactions. If you are having trouble dog trainers can help you with their behavior. If you feel that it is necessary to use a muzzle, then go ahead to prevent biting.
Dogs playing roughly is out of the question. Someone could get hurt. Teach them to play nicely around the house and with other dogs. Enroll them in a doggy day camp. That way your dog will better socialize with others.
Digging up the garden is a huge no-no! How do you stop this natural canine instinct, you ask? Tell him the areas that are suitable to dig. Inform them when they have done right or wrong. Communication is key.
Doggy Day Camp
Doggy day camps are a blessing. Right from the moment they’re puppies sign your dog up for a puppy day camp. It’s a way to socialize and learn new commands from fellow dog trainers. The camp also helps other dogs to get better acquainted instead of rudely snarling as a greeting
Socializing in Different Activities
Go on a trip to the pet store, a ride in the car, or even to a dog park. Along the way, your dog will meet other people and dogs. It’s important to familiarize your dog with other people who would like to pet them. Don’t ever force interactions if the dog is not comfortable. Remember, start off slow. Your dog has their whole life to experience and interact with the world.