socializing

How to Determine if your Dog is Ready for the Dog Park

You want to tap into the benefits of having a well-socialized dog, and give your four-legged family member a full and robust social life. You are ready to get out there, let your dog into a park, and let ’em rip. Hold your horses, or er, dogs, for a moment. Before releasing your pooch into the chaos of a dog park, they need to be prepared beforehand. Dog parks are the ideal place to practice social skills, but not learn them. These skills range from knowing how to heed another dog’s mild warning (such as a curled lip) to not

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Socialization Part 1: The benefits of socializing your dog

Do you know how your dog will react to a hyper pup in the local dog park? Or when they encounter a rambunctious child? Their reaction towards new experiences depends on how well they have been socialized. Let’s go back to the basics real quick. The dictionary definition of socialization is “a continuing process where an individual acquires a personal identity and learns the norms, values, behavior and social skills appropriate to his or her social position.” Dogs, like humans, aren’t born with the intrinsic knowledge of how the world works, and must learn how to act and react with

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