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Tips for Puppy Socialization

The importance of socializing a puppy cannot be emphasized enough. A well-socialized puppy can adapt to our world and grows up to be a confident and happy dog that can quickly adjust to different environments. Training your puppy to be more social is also one of the most effective ways to strengthen your bond with your furry friend. Here are some tips from boarding kennels in Petaluma on how to socialize your dog with people and other dogs.

With People

Take Your Furry Friend on Walks

Taking your dog on walks is the best way to get it comfortable around people. Keep your dog on a short leash during walks. Keep changing routes to allow your furry friend to meet new friends and experience different sights.

Introduce Your Dog to Different Things and Experiences

Dog groomers and trainers recommend introducing puppies to unfamiliar dresses, urban environments, vehicles, different flooring types and ground surfaces, and unfamiliar people.

To ensure your dog does not grow wary around unfamiliar people, introduce it to a wide variety of people (including men, women, and kids).

Enroll Your Dog in a Dog Training Class

Enroll your furry friend in a puppy kindergarten or boot camp. Take your furry friend to dog shows and talk with your vet about other socializing opportunities.

With Other Dogs

Take Your Pooch to Dog Parks or Pet Shops

A dog park is the best place for a dog to get some exercise and learn social skills. If your dog is obedient, and you are sure that it will respond to your commands, try an off-leash park. Set up playdates at your friends’ places with dogs.

Visit nearby pet shops to buy dog essentials such as dog food, dog shampoo, and compostable poop bags. Your dog will also get to meet dogs and make new friends. This will set the stage for puppy playdates later on.

Ensure the Other Dog is Friendly

Before introducing your furry friend to another dog, make sure the canine is not aggressive. During meet-and-greet sessions, watch out for signs of discomfort and anxiety such as yawning, tail between legs, and excessive panting exhibited by your pooch, and act accordingly.

Treat Your Pooch

One of the most effective ways to encourage good behavior in dogs is to give them treats every time they behave accordingly. Every time your dog successfully interacts with another dog, give it a treat. Just remember to adjust your furry friend’s calorie intake at mealtime to compensate for the extra calories.

One of the best ways to socialize your dog is to leave it at a dog boarding kennel in Petaluma whenever you go out for work. At Bridewell Hilltop, we have separate cat and dog boarding facilities. We have different programs for our guests and offer a range of pet grooming services. To make an appointment, call us at (415) 897-5471.