Animal Friends Blog
Taking ownership of new puppy is a very exciting time. These furry little balls of fun seem to have limitless energy and bring much enjoyment to your house. Of course, there is a more serious side to being a dog owner and you have a responsibility to ensure that they remain fit, happy and healthy. In addition to dog health issues, you have a duty to make sure that your puppy grows up to be friendly. Here are a few tips that should help your puppy develop into a sociable dog.
Invite some guests round
As soon as you get your new puppy you will of course want to show them off to the world. Exactly when the right time to do this is, depends on their behaviour. If the puppy is suffering from being separated from its mother then it can be wise to allow a few days for it to become familiar with both you and its new home. Once the puppy is a little more certain of its environment, you can then have a few friends round to say hello. Try not to have too many guests to visit at the same time, or your puppy might be a little overawed or shy. Also make sure that you keep a close eye on any children, who may be a little too rough whilst playing with the dog.
Do a little research to see if there are any puppy classes being run in the local area. These provide your puppy the chance to mix with other puppies. The fact that young dogs tend to be very playful means that there isn’t much chance of fights occurring. There is also no thought of competing for mates or territory at such a young age. Due to the fact that the puppies are still quite weak, any disagreement is not likely to be serious. By playing with other dogs from such an early age your puppy will associate such interaction as being fun, which will reduce the chances of them being aggressive as they mature. Puppy classes also provide you the chance to talk to other owners and perhaps pick up some tips on dog health.
Out for your first walk
Once you have been to a few classes you can then begin taking your puppy out for walks, which will allow them to meet both people and other dogs on neutral ground. As a result neither dog will feel intimidated or the need to assert their authority. If you know someone who has a dog then it might be nice to arrange to go out on walks together. Do remember that your puppy is still only young and won’t be able to walk as far as older dogs.
Welcoming another dog
The next stage of the process is to invite both a friend or family member and their dog round to your house to visit. The instinct to protect its territory will still be minimal and thus your puppy should be happy to welcome other dogs into the property.
Making some visits
The final step should be to go and visit other peoples’ homes. Start by going to properties where there is no dog sharing the home. Once your puppy is used to visiting you can then move on to homes where there are dogs present. Hopefully by then your puppy will have worked out how to behave and will be sociable when in another dog’s territory. Being checked out by the older dog on arrival will also give your puppy an idea of how to assert its authority within its own territory in an acceptable manner.
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