ocialization is a critical component of a
healthy, well adjusted adult dog. This is
especially important in breeds that are
known for their protective or aggressive nature.
The personality and behavior of a mature dog
will be strongly affected by how he interacts
with littermates, his mother, and other pets - as
well as people. . . especially children, when he is young.
From puppyhood on, it is imperative that you
make every effort to expand his environment
and expose him to new things. At this stage of
life, puppies should be around as many different
people and animals as possible to help eliminate
fear of the unknown. Try some of these effective
socialization methods with your pup:
||Enroll in a puppy socialization or obedience
class, run by a professional, where he will
meet other dogs.
||Take him with you on walks, when shopping,
or even to work (where allowed). Gradually
get him used to new sights and sounds.
||Invite your friends, including men, women,
children and seniors, over to your house at
different times to meet your new puppy.
||Involve him in as much of your daily activities
as possible. Be sure to offer treats for good
Puppies that have been exposed to various
groups of people and pets are less likely to
be aggressive to those groups as they mature.
And you will be well on your way to having an
excellent companion for years to come.
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