September 26, 2023
Many puppies are socialised by their owners at a young age, but this isn’t always the case. There are numerous instances where dogs have not had the chance to be socialised for quite some time during their lives. It might be because your puppy was sick from birth, and wasn’t able to be around other dogs. Or perhaps you have adopted a pooch that has never been trained or socialised.
Whatever the case, while socialising your adult dog can be challenging at times, it’s definitely possible with a little perseverance and a helping hand!
1. TAKE THEM FOR REGULAR WALKS
Regular walks are the best way to get your dog out and about for a bit of exercise, and allow them to learn through observation. Dogs enjoy routine, so if you choose a time in either the morning or afternoon to take them for a walk every day, this will ease their minds quickly and help them to adjust to something new.
If your furry friend is easily excitable, try walking them with an appropriate training aid to decrease the strain pulling has on their little necks. If you are unsure what training aid to use, reach out to a training professional such as those at Canine Evolution.
If your dog is quite cautious and weary, try an extending lead, so that when your pooch works up the courage to explore, they won’t be held back.
2. EXTRA PRECAUTIONS MAY BE NECESSARY
It’s always important to consider both the safety of your own dog and the dogs and humans around you. If you know that your dog can get a bit nippy, consider using a muzzle such as a good basket muzzle, so your dog can still freely drink, pant and take treats, or a soft strap head collar while he or she gets used to being around others.
3. SLOW AND STEADY WINS THE RACE
Remember to take it slow. Your pooch won’t be ready to be let loose in the dog park on their first walk. After a couple of walks, consider taking them around the perimeter of the dog park so that they can get used to the sounds and smells of other dogs. From here, you can slowly work your way up to playtime. A yummy treat to reward good behaviour and positive social experiences with other dogs always goes a long way in the beginning, too!
4. SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
Dog training is another effective way to get your pooch accustomed to being around other dogs. It’ll also help them learn vital new skills that will increase their safety and prevent accidents from occurring. A dog that can sit, come and heel at command is much easier to walk, and far safer for humans and dogs alike to socialise with.
At Pet Resorts Australia we are delighted to announce that our training partner, Canine Evolution offers a range of services to suit your training requirements. Contact them now to find out more and take your dog from ruff to refined!
5. PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION FOR UNSOCIALISED OR UNSOCIABLE DOGS
Please let our Receptionists know of any existing behaviours that you are aware of at the time of your booking. This way we can assess and make arrangements to accommodate to suit your pet’s needs. Find out more about our private accommodation requirements here.