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How To Socialize A Dog

By Jerry Welsh

Dog owners that have taken time to properly socialize a dog will have a pet that adapts to any situation and gets along well with people and other animals. By socializing the pet an owner is assured to have an ideal and well behaved companion for life. Proper socialization prevents the development of unwanted behavior and turns the dog into a happy and well behaved member of the family. A first time dog owner may know about the need to socialize the pet but may wonder how this kind of training can be done.

Man’s best friend are known to be social creatures but just like us humans, our furry friends have different personalities too. Shy or nervous dogs will react either with fear or with aggression to unfamiliar faces or to new situations. A dominant one would try to control not only other animals but humans as well. Providing the basic needs of the dog is not the only responsibility of a pet owner. It is the responsibility of the pet owner to ensure that the pet is properly socialized so that it will grow into a well adjusted pet that can adapt to any situation and can interact with people and animals.

It is best to start socialization when the dog is between 8 to 16 weeks of age. This is not to say that older dogs can no longer be socialized. Making an older dog less sensitive to fear would take more effort. Puppies are easily socialized because they have not yet formed habits.

As soon as the puppy receives a clearance from the vet socialization must be started. Start by regularly grooming your dog so that it can get used to being touched. Being handled will prepare the dog to being touched by the vet, by the groomer and by other people.

Taking the dog to the local dog park or enrolling the dog to an obedience school will give the pet a chance to interact with other canines. It is necessary to give the pet a chance to meet as many people as possible and to be exposed to varied situations. A puppy would be more manageable so you can take the pet to the mall, to the pet supply store or to the neighbor’s. Entice the dog to respond well to socialization by using treats as rewards. All these extra efforts will be all paid up by having a well adjusted pet.

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