How to Properly Socialize Your Dog

 

Ensuring that your dog is properly socialized is absolutely necessary for its quality of life and saves you a lot of headaches in the process. There’s so much for your dog to enjoy out in the world, but it can be difficult to take them places and/or have people over if your dog is going to overreact to any unfamiliar situation. Of course, some dogs learn quicker than others, and some are properly socialized right away, but some may need help even into their adult years. This article will focus on properly socializing your adult dogs.

The Importance of Socialization

Socialization of your adult dog is important because it allows for your dog to have a greater comfort level with the world around it. You will both benefit greatly from being able to enjoy everything going without having to avoid people or other dogs. Any aggressive or fearful behavior from your dog can put a damper on many situations, and lead to a suppressed lifestyle that you should never want for your pet.

While training your dog to properly socialize with the world may run your patience, it’s important to never give up. There are going to be instances that you may have to power through, but most fellow dog owners are understanding as long as these situations don’t escalate. When things grow tense between your animals, be sure to have control and to end it as quickly as possible.

Also, remember that it’s not your dog’s fault, and it’s not either of your faults as you’re actively trying. There are a lot of great pet owners out there who have taken on a new adult rescue, and oftentimes they may have had traumatic experiences with people or other dogs that left them scarred. Keep at it! Like we said, it’s one of the best things you can do to assure your dog has a high quality of life.

Socialization Suggestions

Walk Your Dog

Walking your dog is the most essential part of properly socialization, and gives it the best chance to observe people and other dogs. Be sure to reward their good behavior to try and convey the message that they’ll be okay. You can in fact teach an older dog new tricks.

Doggy Day Care

If you’re out of the house during work hours, try enrolling your dog in a daycare program for a couple of days out of the week. This is a great way for your dog to be immersed with other dogs instead of being home alone all day.

Play Dates

There’s no better way for your dog to get comfortable with both people AND other dogs by inviting a fellow dog owner or two for a play date. This will help them forge friendships and give them a sense of the unknown. Be sure to closely monitor the situation for any aggressive behavior, but if everything goes well, it’s a great form of interaction.

Conclusion

It’s important to remember that poor socialization skills is not your dog’s fault.  It’s really not either of your faults as long you’re actively trying. There are a lot of great pet owners out there who have taken on a new adult rescue, and oftentimes they may have had traumatic experiences with people or other dogs that left them scarred. Keep at it! Like we said, it’s one of the best things you can do to assure your dog has a high quality of life.