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Introductions: Prerequisites

Part of the reason why many people want dogs is because they are animals you can be social with.

When dogs are trained well, they’ll welcome guests into home after you let them know it’s safe. Beyond the home, some pet owners also want to take their dogs to parks where they can meet and socialize with other people and their fellow canines.

However, you cannot force dog-to-dog introductions upon your pet. It’s something he/she has to be prepared for first.

In this article, we will highlight some of the things you need to do if you want to raise a dog who can easily handle introductions with other hounds.

Prepare Your Puppy for Introductions

Even if you’re not planning to take your puppy out to dog parks right away, that doesn’t mean you can’t start preparing him/her for future interactions. If anything, it will be easier to get the training to stick if you start teaching your pet about socializing while he/she is still a puppy.

Teach your pup that other dogs are friends and not enemies so that your pet won’t become defensive at the sight of an unfamiliar face.

Find a Friendly Dog to Help with Training

So, how do you let your dog know that it’s okay if another dog is around? Well, you can accomplish that by actually bringing a dog over that your puppy can play with.

Perhaps, you have a neighbor or a family member with a friendly dog who can show your pup the ropes. It would be even better if you already have an older dog who can show your young‘un how to properly behave.

Don’t Bring Toys into the Training Sessions

There’s no issue with giving your puppy a few toys to play with. However, you can’t conduct sociability training with those toys around.

Dogs can get very attached to their toys. Even if they are normally playful animals, their attitude can change if someone they don’t trust messes with their toys.

It’s best to just leave the toys out of the equation and let the socializing happen without them.

If you want your pet to be capable of handling face-to-face interactions, these are just the dog training tips you need to follow . In a separate article, we’ll discuss what you need to do when the introduction is taking place.

If you want to make dog-to-dog introductions easier for your pet, we at TAILored Pet Services can provide some assistance. We will assist in any way we can during the training process to ensure that future interactions go smoothly. To learn more about how we can help, please call us at 425-923-7791 or peruse our website.