You may find that your pet is uncomfortable in the company of other dogs. This can be due to several reasons. It could be that a previous (traumatizing) encounter with an aggressive beast is making your dog wary and nervous. Or it could be a lack of mingling and socialization that has made him stonewall potential friends.
These issues can be tackled but are never easy to do away with. When you sense that your pet is uncomfortable around other dogs, it can make things awkward or even dangerous for all concerned. Here, we’ll go through a few approaches to help your dog become more comfortable and calm in the presence of other dogs. This can help you enjoy the walks to the park or sessions at the local dog wash again.
Training Your Dog to Socialize
Dogs tend to be naturally social, but at times a lack of socializing early on can make them nervous or even aggressive. It’s better to make socialization a priority as early as possible. Even if a dog is well behaved around other dogs, it’s only natural for them to get excited while meeting a new friend. Here’s how you can socialize your dog in a safe and comfortable manner.
One can never anticipate how a dog will behave in a new environment. So if you are visiting a friend’s place or pet salon with your dog, it’s always a good idea to have a leash on your dog. Much depends on any other dogs that might be there and their reaction toward a newcomer. Be sure to consult the hosts or the establishment before deciding to bring your own pet with you. Everyone involved need to work together to ensure the comfort of all concerned.
Asking a friend or fellow pet parent with a well behaved dog to assist you is a great way to help socialize your dog and help him stay calm when approaching other dogs. Arrange to meet your friend and their dog, preferably on a walk. Ensure that both dogs are on leashes and to meet and greet your friend from a distance, well before your pet begins to react to their presence.
Have your dog sit down and have your friend with his pet come closer. When your dog begins to display aggression, it’s better for them to turn and walk the other way. Have them come back toward you once your dog calms down. Repeat this till your dog realizes that he needs to remain calm around other dogs that approach him.
While bad habits can seemingly pop up over night, they might take a long time to correct. Keep practicing with your dog in this manner for a couple of months, while remaining patient and calm. It’s good to always reward good behavior with a treat.
At times, a pet dog can be protective of you and react aggressively to other dogs. They might be wary that you can take care of any adverse situation around other dogs and resort to this behavior to ensure that they are safe. Try to make the time with your dog as positive an experience as possible.