Jul 31, 2008 05:00PM
● By Super Admin
Q. What is the best way to socialize my dog with other dogs and people?
Anti-social or aggressive behavior in dogs is often a source of considerable anxiety for dog owners. According to Jason, the best measures against this type of behavior are preventative, and should be taken sooner rather than later.
A. “Start them when they are young! Puppies should be with their natural litter for a minimum of eight weeks, ideally 12 weeks, because there are some dog-to-dog socialization skills that can only be taught by the littermates. Once you bring your puppy home and he’s had all the appropriate vaccinations, help him experience the “world.” Get outside, daily! Take your dog on walks through your neighborhood, downtown, to the parks, lakes, trails, and anywhere that dogs are welcome to expose him to a variety of environments. If your dog is a little older and hasn’t yet had these experiences, dog day care and socialization classes are another great option.”...
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