Each dog in the world has a unique set of qualities and personality. There are canines who are more assertive and self-assured compared to others, regardless of what breed they are. If you happen to have a dog who is assertive, then you are in luck. Assertive dogs have a certain sense of confidence that makes them a joy to be around with. However, these types of dogs also need to be with the right type of owners – those who will establish that they are in charge and not the other way around. As the owner, you need to take charge and get your dog involved in the right activities to help keep their assertive side at bay.
If you want to prevent your dog from being assertive or aggressive, one of the best things that you can do is facilitate proper socialization. Your dog should constantly be exposed to other people as well as a variety of environments. A good activity that you can do is to bring your dog to work. Aside from socialization, there are a lot of other benefits that come with bringing your four-legged friend to your workplace. For one, you won’t have to leave your dog behind at home, which gives you more bonding time together. Additionally, having your dog in your place of work has been shown to increase productivity and to boost motivation and morale.
When it comes to socialization, your dog should be frequently exposed not just to humans but also to other canines. Lack of socialization can lead to your pooch being hostile towards other dogs, which can be a problem when in public places where other canines are present. One of the best ways to introduce your best furry friend to other dogs is through a doggy party. This activity is pretty much like a normal doggy playdate, albeit a bit more festive and grand. Doggy parties allow for supervised interaction between canines and could help shape your own dog’s behavior towards other dogs. Plus, it is also an excuse to hang out and catch up with your dog-owning friends.
Animal shelters are non-profit organizations that are established to rescue animals that have been put up for adoption, abused or neglected and to help them find new homes. In these shelters, you will find plenty of dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds. As a dog owner and lover, it is natural for you to advocate and support such organizations. By bringing your dog to a shelter, you can use your furbaby as an ambassador for pet rescuing. You also help give joy to the animals in the shelter by letting your dog play with them. At the same time, this is another form of socialization for your own pooch.
One way for your dog to organically socialize with other people and canines is by hanging out in your local dog park. These parks are frequented by dogs and their owners. Apart from socialization, parks also present your pooch with lots of opportunities for recreation and leisure.
Assertive dogs are interesting and amusing personality-wise. But, when left untrained, they can start to show signs of aggression and other unwanted behavior. By enrolling your dog in obedience classes, you get to control your dog more through commands.