Socialisation describes the process by which your dog learns to relate to people, other dogs, and her environment.
The first month
You’re laying the foundation for your pet’s behaviour later on in life, so do take out time for your new furry friend in the first few weeks at home. Most dogs take about a month or so to feel comfortable in a new home—establishing house rules and following a routine are the best ways to make this happen.
Be the top dog at home
Dogs are pack animals that need a leader. It is important that your pooch understands that he has a lower ranking than any human, including children. This understanding can be achieved through effective training. And the better you understand your dog’s behaviour, the more rewarding your relationship will be. Do click here for training tips.
Be ready for new situations
Identify possible new situations and environments such as riding in the car, having contact with children, walking through a dog-filled park—to name just a few. Prepare your dog for all eventualities, so he reacts with harmless curiosity rather than fear or aggression.
Seeing new people
It is essential that your new pup be fully comfortable with all sorts of people, especially children.
Meeting other dogs
Aggression is a common symptom of a lack of contact with other dogs. The best remedy is to have your leashed dog interact frequently with other leashed dogs.
If after all this, your puppy or dog is still having problems around other dogs and humans, you may consider taking him to a specialist trainer – do ask your vet for a recommendation.
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