You go out for a walk and your normally loving pup lunges and barks at everyone or everything he sees! Not only is this embarrassing, it’s dangerous. Your dog could pull away from you and get lost or run into traffic, he could run afoul of another bigger, meaner dog, or he could pull you over. Some dogs express their lack of socialization by retreating or hiding. This can also lead to a dog that runs away from a social situation, and into trouble. Your dog is not happy, you're not happy, and no one the two of you encounter is likely to enjoy your dog’s company very much either.
Dogs are naturally social creatures. Think about a pack of your dog's wild cousins, their survival depends on being part of a social group. Your dog definitely wants to be social, but depending on his past experiences, he just might not know how. If you have a dog that has come from a situation in which they were isolated, neglected, or abused, or where a transition occurred which may have caused emotional stress to your dog, you may need to help him to develop his social skills! Most of us require our dogs to be social with other people and with other animals, so if your dog needs help with his social skills, you will have to give him some guidance.
Never use punishment to redirect an antisocial dog, as this just creates a negative experience associated with the social situation and will make existing antisocial behavior much worse. If your dog has acted up before in a social environment, do not give into that memory and tense up or be nervous about his behavior, as this will make your dog nervous and tense. You want to teach and encourage your dog to see other people and animals as friends, pack members, and have a positive, rewarding experience. You should be calm and confident in social experiences to provide your dog with the guidance he needs.
You will need a leash, treats to reward appropriate behavior, and lots of friends, both furry and otherwise, to assist you. If your dog is prone to be aggressive or bite, you may want to use a basket muzzle to ensure everyone is safe during training.
daisy was neglected as a pup. i rescued her when she was 3 months old. she is so skittish & spooked very easily. she’s also scared of most men. i’ve tried to reward her with treats when she goes near new people, but she is so scared that she won’t take the treat. how do i train this out of her?
Hello Maddie, Check out the article I have linked below. Under the How do You Socialize a Shy Dog with a Human"? section of the article, pay special attention to the sections on pairing people with fun and managing interactions. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-socialize-a-shy-dog/ You may also want to try the pair people with treats section again, since the issue might be not putting enough distance between pup and new people at first - dogs often won't take food when too stressed, so having new people too close to pup at first while training might be making their stress too high, so they don't want the food, increasing distance between them may help, but if not using other things mentioned in the fun and managing interactions sections can help too. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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My dog is always running around in my house. he does his business in my house always and he doesn't know any basic training. We got him before the pandemic (covid 19) and since my family is very strict we did not let him go a day out due to coronavirus because we thought dogs would sniff the floor outside and then catch the pandemic. Now I took him to a campus and he was barking at everyone, Through research I figured this was because of a lack of socialization. I know my dog loves me but he just doesn't listen sit or stay. I would need some help training him with some tips. I couldn't even get a proper pic so I had to use a pic from some months from now. I hope you could help. Thank you
Hello Amen, First, check out the crate training method from the article linked below to work on potty training. Follow it strictly to help pup catch up. You can also use the tethering method when you want pup to stick by you more once pup is doing better after starting the crate training method. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-german-shepherd-puppy-to-poop-outside Check out the article linked below for things to practice to help with socialization. https://www.petful.com/behaviors/how-to-socialize-a-shy-dog/ I suggest taking pup to as many safe outdoor places as you can and carrying treats with you. Have people toss pup treats whenever pup reacts calmly. Encourage pup to practice calm things like Sit and Down in public, and reward calm responses. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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