Socializing – Teach your puppy to be with other dogs
How to make your puppy be friends with other dogs!
Socializing – It is important to teach your puppy to not only be with other puppies, but with other dogs too. Dogs, though they are animals, but they have their nature and character. It’s just like raising a child, and encouraging him to the good social things, and telling him what is bad from a young age. This has to be a continuous process, and can even apply to older dogs to a certain extent.
The first thing that a dog would usually do, is sniff the other dog. If a dog has peed somewhere, the other dog might go and sniff it. Umm, don’t feel bad about it – this is just how dogs get to know each other more. It’s like a handshake with their nose.
Don’t expect your dog to be great friends from day one (which might happen, but now always). Dogs are very sensitive in possibilities of “threats”. From the first point of contact, you will be able to know if the dogs are giving a positive signal to the other. Dogs reciprocate these signals to a great extent.
Tip – Keep leashes on the dogs, and it’s recommended to keep the leash when introduced for the first time.
Once you see a positive vibe between the dogs, you can then let go of the leashes. The dogs will now get an opportunity to investigate each other more, now that they know they are free.
The puppy/smaller dog may show signs of submission (maybe by laying on the ground flat and raising one leg) which is perfectly natural. If the smaller dog is doing it by his own will, that’s a very good sign. It’s a healthy dog language. It means he says “i’m no threat, don’t be a threat to me”. But if one dog is trying to dominate the other, then it’s time you probably need those leashes.
The bigger and the stronger dog would reciprocate by just sniffing the other dog’s belly and getting more information. Since he finds no threat, he would just turn away, do any doggy stuff, but won’t get aggressive. So, please keep a keen eye to how they are behaving and keep the leashes ready.
Believe it, puppies need to see other dogs in order to learn their ways of lives. Young puppies tend to follow older dogs or their moms. Consequently, it just makes them feel more secure and comfortable.
If your puppy is not able to interact with other dogs, you have to find a reason for it. There could be a ton of behavioral reasons why your puppy is not socializing. This could result in an unhappy dog.
The recommended age that you should start socializing your puppy is before 16 weeks old. This is important, or your puppy will never learn how to hangout with other dogs. He won’t know how to interact with other dogs and live a social life.
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