Tips on how to socialize a puppy

Like how every human being should possess the necessary social skills to adapt and interact, every dog should be socialized to communicate and interact with other animals and human beings effectively.

Begin early

Once you get the thumbs up from the vet, that it is time for the pup to socialize, you can begin interacting with other neighborhood pets and owners. Taking the young animals to doggy daycare is useful as well considering they teach young ones in socializing with other dogs of various ages. Bringing these young ones to dog parks are a good idea as they will bound to play and become active among different dogs.

Mix it up

Do not make your dog comfortable with only a single age group or breed of dogs as it can later inculcate problems when dealing with dogs outside its comfort zone. Instead, mix up the situations placed in front of the pup by having it interact in the presence of adult dogs, puppies, female and male and of other breeds for better upbringing of socialization.

Remember to be part of your pup’s social interactions and pay attention to your pup’s reactions.  Do not let your young pup face new situations by itself as it can often overwhelm the poor thing. Instead be alongside with the puppy when it interacts with new humans and dogs. If the pup fails to feel secure and starts depicting negative social skills such as anxiety, remove the dog from the situation and caress it by encouraging. If the puppy interacts positively with other dogs and humans, support him by treating him and making him comfortable.

Accept your dog’s limitations and preferences

It is crucial that you as a dog owner understand the fact that not all dogs react like typical dogs when placed in social situations with humans and dogs. Certain dogs find it difficult and uncomfortable among humans and kids while others may find it difficult to interact with other dogs. However, in order to suppress any negative and anger in unwanted in social interactions, it is imperative to seek necessary training from professionals to make sure that the dog even if it is placed in uncomfortable situations remains calm and does not respond with violence. For further details and tips on such cases enquire with your vet.

End of the day, remember that your dog’s happiness is more important than your need to satisfy social interaction needs. So love and take care of the dog and tend to avoid social anxiety related situations.