Puppy Socialization – An Important Part of Puppy Training
Part of training a new puppy is taking the time to get him used to being around new people, places, and animals. We’ve all seen shy dogs who are scared of their own shadows.
Puppy socialization is an important tool for preventing this dog behavior problem. Since a fearful dog is much more likely to bite a someone or attack another animal, it’s important not to neglect socializing him.
Prevent this problem with these five puppy training tips. Time spent now will help your new friend to grow up to be a happy, friendly pet.
1. Don’t Bring Him Home Too Soon
Avoid the temptation of bringing that little ball of fluff home as soon as he hits six weeks of age. Puppies learn manners from their mom and from their litter mates. A couple of extra weeks spent learning how to be a dog can make all the difference in your pet’s behavior as he grows up.
2. Stay In Control When Introducing Him To New Situations
You need to show your puppy that you’re the one in charge, especially when meeting someone new. If someone gets close enough to make your puppy hide behind you and growl, nicely ask that person to back off. This teaches your pup that you are the pack protector, so that he doesn’t try to take on that role.
3. Ask Permission Before Letting Your New Puppy Greet Someone
Walking with your pup on a leash is a great way for him to experience new people and new places. Most people love puppies, and are more than happy to stop and pet one. But remember that everyone loves dogs, so don’t allow your pup to just run up to somebody and jump on him.
This is also a great training opportunity for teaching him the sit-stay command, as well. He doesn’t greet anyone until you release him.
Watch out for small children. A small child may squeal or chase your pup, which may terrify him. Always be in control of the situation.
4. Don’t Soothe Him Or Coddle Him When He’s Scared
All you’re doing is reinforcing his fear. Talking to him soothingly or holding him makes him think there’s something to be scared of. If a little kid’s bothering him, make the kid stop. Your pup needs to know that, as the alpha dog, you will protect him.
5. What Signals Are You Sending?
Your companion is watching how you react to every situation, and he takes his cues from you. If you tense up whenever another person or dog approaches, he’ll tense up as well. Instead, show him how much you enjoy meeting new people, going new places, and doing new things.
Puppy training is going on all the time, whether you realize it or not. Be sure you’re teaching him good habits, not bad ones.
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