It’s critical for your pets to not only be at ease with their owners! This is a skill that isn’t just for puppies to learn; in dog years, age is just a number! Learn how to socialize an adult dog and why it’s never too late to start. Follow the steps below to ensure that your dog is a good canine citizen.
Take a Walk
Walks are beneficial not only for exercising but also for socializing. Socialization requires taking in all of the sights, smells, and sounds of the neighborhood. If you find yourself in a stressful situation, simply turn around and come back home. Remember to bring treats to reward positive interactions between dogs and humans.
Mix It Up
Allow your dog to interact with a variety of people and animals. The idea is that if your dog only spends time with one person, he may become suspicious of anyone who isn’t that person, so it’s critical to diversify your dog’s social calendar and schedule meet-and-greets. Invite a friend over, or arrange a playdate with a friend’s dog! If your dog seems nervous just stay calm. People should only pet their dogs where their hands can be seen, such as on their chest or chin.
Visit Dog Parks
You can take your dog to the dog park once you’re sure he can socialize in a controlled environment. But don’t get your hopes up just yet. Don’t go inside the fence on your first visit. Simply keep your dog on a leash and show them what’s going on in the park. If your dog appears to be at ease, you can go inside the fence on your next visit—but keep them on a leash until you’re sure they’re comfortable. Remember to reward them for their good behavior with treats! Keep in mind that practice makes perfect, and the more successful interactions your dog has with its peers, the easier it will become. So don’t give up and keep the mingling going!