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Socializing An Adult Dog

Sunday, May 8, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogsocialYou’ve just adopted an older dog and don’t know whether or not he’s been socialized during his life. Start slow, don’t expose you new friend to lots of other dogs immediately. After you buy that new, fancy dog collar and dog leash, now it’s time to take him outside for a walk to see how he reacts to other people and other dogs. Take your dog with you frequently. Leaving a dog in his dog crate frequently is not going to make him comfortable around other dogs and humans.

Here are some ideas for making sure your dog gets plenty of socialization throughout his life:

  • Take regular walks in places your dog will get to meet other people and animals.
  • Visit the dog park.
  • Invite over friends and their dogs for playdates.
  • Enroll your dog in a dog daycare once or twice a week.

Keep you dog’s interactions with other dogs and people as positive as possilbe. Use praise and dog treats to tell your dog that having other people and animals around is a good thing.

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