So you’ve decided to add a puppy to the family. As a pet parent, you have a responsibility to help guide your dog and help them become confident and friendly when interacting with others. We’ve all seen the dog that loses control, barks, and lunges when they see another dog on a trail or at the park, which is embarrassing for the owner but isn’t ideal for the dog who is clearly stressed out. Here are some tips on how to raise a friendly, socialized dog.
The sooner you start socializing your dog, the better. Puppies are naturally curious and eager to learn, so it’s a great time to introduce them to new people, places, and things. Make sure they have completed their vaccinations before venturing out!
It’s essential to be consistent with your training and socialization efforts. If you aren’t, your dog will be confused and may not learn what you’re trying to teach them. Stick with it! This will take time and effort, but it’s ultimately worth it.
Puppy classes are a great way to socialize your dog and work to teach them basic obedience commands. They’re also a great way to meet other dog owners and learn from their experiences.
You’ll need to be nearby to correct negative behaviors and prevent any problem interactions from happening with people or animals. If your dog seems scared or uncomfortable, give them a break. Don’t force them to interact with someone or something they’re uncomfortable with.
Use Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement is the best way to train your dog. When your dog does something you want them to do, praise them and give them a training treat. This will help them to associate good behavior with positive outcomes.
It takes time and patience to raise a friendly dog. Don’t get discouraged if your dog doesn’t seem to be getting it right away. Just keep working with them, and they’ll eventually get the hang of it. Remember the dogs you’ve seen that you’ve hoped your dog would be like as motivation. 😊
The more your dog is exposed to different people and animals, the more comfortable they will be around them. Visit various locations, including dog-friendly stores, restaurants, and beaches. This is especially important if you want your dog to be friendly with other dogs but just as necessary if you want your dog to stay relaxed when your doorbell rings, and people enter your home. Try not to make too big of a deal about visitors and new animals. Staying calm can encourage calm behavior.
Be a Good Role Model
As mentioned above about how to act when the doorbell rings, dogs learn by watching their owners. If you want your dog to be friendly, be sure to be friendly yourself. When you meet new people, introduce your dog and let them sniff them. If you’re nervous or anxious, your dog will pick up on that and may hesitate to approach new people.
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A solid training foundation can help you and your dog live better together. Our comprehensive dog training department has something for anyone looking for a better relationship with their dog, including puppies and older dogs. Reach out to learn more about the current offering and the enrollment process.
Following these tips will go a long way to help you raise a friendly, happy, confident dog.