Starting Dog Training – Puppy Socialization


You may have a brand new dog and now what?  What age are you able to begin  socializing your dog.  Many dog owners think they need to wait until they’re completely vaccinated.  You must start as early as 10 weeks of age.   Dog owners hear the word socialization on a regular basis, but there’s a correct solution to do that. Let just say, for those who put your puppy right into a dog play group, but your puppy is just not having time, the dog may learn to associate being with dogs as a fearful, stressful thing.

Proper socialization begins with a managed environment, meaning keep the stimulation very low.  Take into accout that your goal is to have a well-adjusted dog that will not react to normal things, so there’s really no limit to what you possibly can socialize your dog with, and what you can not. A misconception that  people have is that they need to only socialize their dogs with other dogs the identical size and children.  Owners have to socialize their recent dog with dogs of all different ages, breed and play style and several types of people. Most significantly, they need to expose their dog to on a regular basis events and anything their dog will encounter in it’s life.  Resembling, the vacuum, mirrors, umbrellas, balloons, bicycles, cars, babies in strollers, wheelchairs, and other animals. 

My best suggestion in terms of proper socialization is give attention to the dog’s basic senses (SIGHT, SMELL, SOUND, MOVEMENT).

First is to  have a plan and you possibly can keep track of your dog’s progress with a notebook. Break down the categories, expose the dog to sight first, let the dog sees one other dog from a distance, in case your dog is just not reacting, then praise and encourage the dog to take a step further, next is let the dog go investigate the person, animal or object with its nose (smell). He can discover a variety of information with only one sniff. Then you mix sight and smell together. After that, let him hear an individual talk, a baby cry, a vacuum make noise, a balloon “pop”, a bicycle “horn” …etc., so the dog will feel comfortable knowing these items may cause noise, but it surely is nothing to be reactive about.

You don’t need to reveal your pup to a high level of noise at the start, for instance turn the vacuum on for just a number of seconds (without moving it), then turn it off, give a dog a treat for not reacting, then add more duration next time. Last, is so as to add movement. Have people talk and move around or pet the dog, treat and praise for not reacting. Push the newborn stroller, treat the dog for not acting scared, move the vacuum.  Turn it on, then turn it off after a number of seconds.

Anything that moves, whether it make a noise, we should always slowly expose our dog to it. I discovered that almost all dogs easily react toward fast-paced objects. This could change into a  behavioral problem afterward that can be hard to correct. It is best to forestall it, then correct.

You’re going to get the concept once you start. It is just not very difficult, at all times pair good things with each of the scenarios; resembling giving a tasty treat to your dog as one other dog approaches.  Drop a really tasty treat near the vacuum and praise your dog just by walking toward it. Put an all natural dog treat resembling Zuke’s Mini Naturals inside an umbrella, open it, so it drops out, the dog associate seeing umbrella high value treats come!  Make some loud noise and treat your dog for all of the calm signals (prepare your dog for thunder storms). 

Never force your recent dog to go near the person, dog, or object. Let the dog do it on his own. Give him some space and have some patience. Give your dog praise and encouragement.  At the identical time listen to his stress signals. When things don’t go right, remove the dog from the situation or walk farther away from it,  but act neutral and calm. Don’t raise your voice or baby the dog. This only teaches the dog it’s okay to react or be frightened. You don’t need to nurture that mind-set. As an alternative, have a positive attitude, don’t stop the progress all together.  Remember socialization takes time, have a greater plan and work on it next time, you’ll have a well-socialized dog.


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