Dog training isn’t just about giving commands or correcting bad habits.
It’s also about teaching your dog to live harmoniously with others. This lesson starts with a discussion about what makes up a good social life for a dog.
It’s not just about going out to play with other dogs once in awhile, it’s about doing it every day of every week.
1. Make Sure There Are Lots Of Opportunities For Socializing
Most dogs love playing with other dogs. They may not enjoy it as much as interacting with humans, but there’s no denying that living with other dogs does add excitement and variety to their lives.
A dog has the ability to bond with another dog. If you’re unable to provide opportunities for your dog to interact with other dogs, they will eventually develop negative feelings towards them.
Not only does this give your dog the opportunity to experience a wide range of personality types, but he will also learn to accept other dogs without negative reactions.
The biggest problem usually occurs when people bring their dog inside other homes where other dogs reside. Most dogs aren’t comfortable around unfamiliar animals.
However, in most cases, these problems don’t last very long. The longer your dog spends working on his social skills, the easier it will become.
2. Give Your Dog Time To Meet Other Dogs In A Way That Works Best For Each Individual
Dogs have different personalities, so each one needs to find a way to meet other dogs that works best for them. Some dogs thrive when they are introduced to other dogs only when they’re approached by an owner, and others feel more relaxed meeting other dogs in the presence of their owners.
Even though you may know which type of environment would work best for your particular pet, you still need to take extra steps to ensure success.
For example, instead of exposing your dog to a group of strangers, ask a friend to introduce your dog to four or five friendly dogs at once.
This method allows the dogs to see each other before any contact is made. It gives your dog time to assess the situation and decide whether he wants to approach the other dogs, and it helps prevent a stressful introduction.
When your dog meets other dogs during play sessions, do not separate them by putting your own dog into a crate or leaving them alone together. Instead, keep your dog out in the open with the other dogs.
Again, it depends on your dog’s personality, but most dogs prefer being in the same room as other dogs rather than separated from them.
3. Be Consistent With Your Approach
You can’t expect your dog to adjust overnight if you’ve been inconsistent with how you’re introducing new dogs to him.
There are times when your dog will respond well to encounters with other dogs, and there are times when he won’t. He may be scared of certain breeds, he might have a strong reaction to a specific dog, or he could have some other reason that prevents him from integrating with other dogs.
If you want your dog to make friends with other dogs, you’ll need to be consistent with your approach. You should always put yourself in your dog’s position and imagine what it would be like to be him.
If you think about the first time you met a new person, did you immediately start talking to them? No! You probably spent time observing them, getting to know them, and making sure they were safe before you decided to engage them.
Your dog needs to go through the same process. If you show him that you’re interested in meeting other dogs, he will begin to trust you.
4. Avoid Excessive Stimulation When Introducing New Dogs
Your dog doesn’t need constant stimulation to get him ready to meet other dogs.
Instead, try to give him just enough attention to help him relax, but not so much that he gets overwhelmed. This means keeping your dog calm while you’re playing with him, giving him treats every now and then, and spending plenty of time with him.
5. Reward Your Dog for Being Calm and Relaxed
It’s important to keep training sessions short and sweet. Dogs are smart little creatures and they can tell when you’re trying to teach them something more than once.
They also get bored very easily and if they sense that boredom is coming on they may stop listening.
The best way to avoid this situation is to keep sessions short and sweet. A session should last between 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the dog and his level of interest.
Try not to go past the 10 minute mark because if you do, you run the risk of becoming frustrated and giving up altogether.
As long as you maintain a positive attitude and a smile on your face, your dog will eventually respond to your commands.
So, stay calm, relax and enjoy yourself, and you’ll find that you have an obedient pet in no time at all.