7 Ways To Socialize A Shy Dog

7 Ways To Socialize A Shy Dog

Socializing your dog is incredibly important, as it teaches them what is the appropriate behavior and expectation for any given situation.

How Can I Help?

  1. Go hard during your dog’s first month with you. Make sure you set aside time and energy for some intense socialization right out of the box.
  2. Meet new friends! Other friendly dogs can help ease your canine companion out of his shell. Just be careful and take your time when introducing them to your dog.
  3. Don’t mollycoddle your dog when they are frightened. Only praise and lavish attention on them when they are being brave.
  4. Have people yawn repeatedly alongside you while socializing your dog to strangers and new people, as a signal for them to stay calm.
  5. Get your friend to assist you while running your dog through socialization exercises. Have them sit with their back to your dog with a treat and keep their eyes on the floor. Each time your dog approaches them for a treat, praise and reward your canine companion.
  6. Teach your guests and friends how to pet your dog in a way that doesn’t scare your canine companion.
  7. Consult a canine behavioral therapist for further help. Perhaps further training by professionals may be necessary.

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