You’re having a puppy but it’s still at a young age so you’re concerning whether to let it come outside to socialize with other dogs or keep it inside until it reaches a certain age? Let me tell you this. Being overprotective is not gonna work well. Imagine that you have a child who is about the age to join in kindergarten. However, you’re uncertain about your child’s attitudes and behaviors when encountering his new friends for the very first time. You decide not to let your child go anymore. Do you know what will be the consequence? He will have no friends at all. You can be one but mates within the same age are always better. Same to puppies. That’s why this blog is here to show you the key when introducing your puppy to other dogs the first time so that you will no longer worry.
I know it’s challenging. Simply because you don’t know how your puppy will behave. Will it gonna “communicate” well with other puppies, dogs or even bigger dogs? What if unwanted behaviors start to take place? There are lots and lots of questions you ask yourself when it comes to the time your puppy meets up with its canine friends. Believe me, this is absolutely normal reaction. Now, let’s come back to the main point. Here are the cases with different mix of dogs so that your pup will have no problem socializing any certain dogs.
When Introducing Your Puppy To Other Puppies?
It sounds simple, doesn’t it? Just like a child comes to his first class and meet different and strange faces. I remember when I was at my kindergarten age, I cried the moment I saw the doorstep of my first class. That was funny but still, a normal reaction. There’s always something anxious and fearful when you run into a whole new world with new things. What do you think will happen when introducing your pup to other puppies for the first time ever?
Puppies are usually full of energy, enthusiast and excitement. The earlier introducing your puppy to other puppies is, the quicker they will get along. When puppies are at around the same age, there’s an invisible harmony between them. They almost come up with same ideas, same thoughts and same energy.
A confident puppy always loves to socialize with friends in its age. So determine if yours is confident, social or not. How to see such characteristics in dogs? Easy like a piece of cake. When your pup is kept inside the house, does it have the habit or running around, sniffing things and playing games with you? Well, if it does, then a yes to the question. Those acts indicate your pup is interested in discovering things around it. Therefore, when it meets a new friend, a surprise at first wouldn’t make him stop “communicating” with its brand new pal.
On the contrary, if your pup turns out to be the opposite, frequently lying in a corner, not so excited with all your games, then, you need to train it a bit more. Get it to be more active first. Make it be interested in something, ball fetching, for example. Then things should be alright.
Let Your Puppy Meet Adult Dogs
Introducing your puppy to adult dogs is a new experience and challenge, for sure. Not every puppy can get along well right away with a grown-up one. They’re basically not at the same age so the age gap is already quite a problem. Dogs come in all shapes and sizes due to the variety of breeds. And when talking about an adult dog, it means that they are usually in medium to big size. There’s a high chance that your little pup will be astounded by its friends’ size which may be as twice as it is.
Do you know that playing with adult dogs can really benefit your puppy? If no, then I’ll tell you why. An adult canine is not only a friend but also a teacher. Yes, you’re a teacher, too, because you do train your puppy. However, as the matter of fact they’re the same kind and speak the same language, there’s barely any barrier stop them from “talking” to one another. Such adult dogs with proper training will know how to behave and treat well to a new puppy, even in an initial meeting.
In fact, your puppy can learn a lot from playing with an adult of its kind. That’s the key of socialization, the key of introducing your puppy to adult dogs. Spending time with it will make your pup interact more flexibly. If yours get too excited and exuberant, the adult will tell it off. So, when it grows up, it can apply the exact same way to stop some dogs from jumping up too roughly on it. A precious lesson and there will be more and more.
What About Greeting An Older Dog?
Most dogs turn to be relaxed and tolerant when they come to their senior years. They are no longer interested in physical activities or things that require strength as their health is not in good condition anymore. But puppies, on the contrary, are full of energy, They run, hit, bark and jump everywhere. With two completely different traits, how can a puppy be in good terms with an older dog?
Well, puppies usually lack of social skills. So, the initial meeting is important. If you’re not sure you can keep an eye on you pup all the time, let it stay on the leash. Don’t let it jump on the senior dog too excitedly because it’s truly irritating. Let it stay calm with a line in your hands so that you can hold it back anytime unwanted things are about to occur. Then introducing your puppy to older dogs will be under control.
There’s another good idea. At first, don’t let the two interact touch by touch. Why don’t you make a certain distance between them? Why? Older dogs are usually calmer. They will not greet puppies with excitement. Instead, they will just stay where they are and have an eye on the pup. But pups will jump and run. Let them “stare” at each other from far. And you know how good puppies are when imitating an older dog. Just like a child copies an adult during his childhood. After a while, it will realize “He doesn’t jump up at all.” which means being too excited doesn’t do much help when meeting other friends. It will become just as calm as the older dog.
It’s all about socialization. One way or another, you will still find the advantages of introducing your puppy to other dogs. Once having a great, social and beautiful friendships with plentiful of dogs, your pup will grow up itself to be better.
Here is a demonstration video from Doggy Dan that I want you guys to watch to see how great socialization between dogs can be.
Isn’t it a beautiful scene? The way they play, chase and do mouthing is wonderful. That will be the result when introducing your puppy to other dogs many times not only for it to socialize but also, learn from other friends, no matter big or small, young or old.
Sometimes, that’s how training goes. Training is not just about keeping alone doing what you commands. It’s also about perceiving new things, new knowledge through a meeting with pack of canine pals. What your puppy can learn when it’s still young is really precious. Because those things can still be used and applied when it grows up. And eventually, your pup will be an obedient and good dog,
My intention to separate this blog into different contexts instead of several tips is for you guys to understand more easily. You will know with what canine friends, how your pup should react and behave. Dogs are in a diversity of breeds so they definitely have different characteristics, too. That’s why identifying your pup’s traits is crucial to lead it how to socialize. With training and practice, things will go on the right track. Be patient, calm and careful because you know your dog receives your energy. When you want to be that, you should be that as well, as a pack leader.
That’s all I want to share today. I hope you find this blog useful for you when introducing your puppy to other dogs. There will be more and more blogs coming about puppies, big dogs, anxious dogs, aggressive dogs and how to train them. So, please stay tuned to keep track of us. Also, try those tips above and let me know the result soon. Thank you, Dan, for such a great demonstration video of Toby and Moses. They’re awesome and you are, too! Thank you, all my lovely readers who follow from the top to this very end words. We’ll be back as soon as possible with interesting information for you. Enjoy the writings and love your dogs and puppies.
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