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Friends for Fido

09 Mar

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog do well meeting other dogs? Even when you’ve successfully socialized your puppy, having given her lots of positive interactions with people and other dogs, she needs continued socialization into adulthood. Some activities that encourage this include taking your pooch out to meet other people often. Regular play dates with other dogs and trips to the park can also be beneficial, but always be aware of your dog’s behavior and how she’s feeling. Don’t let her experience anxiety or show aggression toward other animals. 

If your dog doesn’t have regular playmates, there are ways to help her meet some friends. An afternoon or two a week at doggie day care will allow her to have play time with lots of other dogs, and you will quickly see how she does in social situations without you being present. Or you could consider using a dog-walker who walks several dogs at one time. The key is to provide lots of opportunity for positive interaction between your fur-kid and other dogs. If a negative situation arises, don’t hesitate to remove your pooch from the situation and discontinue the activity.

Dogs also need to meet and have positive experiences with people who come into your home. If your pet is aggressive toward your guests, one technique to try is to give every visitor treats that they can toss on the floor for her immediately upon entering your home. And of course, always reward good behavior with generous praise. Your fur-kid wants to please you more than anything.

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