How to Win Friends and Influence Other Dogs

Making new friends can be a daunting task — even for man’s best friend.  Having your dog socialize with other dogs is very important.  Don’t be discouraged if your dog is having trouble getting along with other dogs.  You can help him win canine friends.  Here are some tips on how to help your dog become the most popular pet on the block.

  • Start slowly.  If your dog is nervous around other animals, you don’t want to throw him to the dogs — literally.  Going to the dog park might be too much for your pooch’s first step in making new friends, especially when there are quite a few other dogs there running around and possibly starting trouble.
  • Be systematic.  Start off by planning to meet one friend with one dog at a specific time.  Make sure that dog is well-mannered and polite.  If your dog happens to be full of energy, you might want to have an experienced trainer with you just in case your dog wants to dominate the other.  Your dog can sense if you are nervous, so having a trained professional there will help you feel at ease and in control of the situation.
  • Expose your dog to all types of dogs.  If your purebred dog has only met other dogs of his breed, imagine his surprise when he meets another breed for the very first time.  You want to make sure that you expose your dog to all types of dogs — small dogs, large dogs, quiet dogs, active dogs, long-haired, short-haired, etc.  Training classes are great places to go in order to have your dog meet all sorts of other dogs.

Thanks to Connie Kelly for submitting this great photo of her Australian Shepherds Taco, Dok, and Peaches to the casting call!

Does your dog get along well with other dogs?  How did you help him/her make friends?  Tell us in the comments.

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3 Responses to How to Win Friends and Influence Other Dogs

  1. After we first adopted Astrid, she was a little reactive when meeting other dogs. Probably the very best advice I ever got was to relax and be genuinely happy to be meeting a new friend, too! When we saw another dog coming our way, we would stop, talk about the ‘pretty puppy’ coming our way, then continue walking. Very quickly, Astrid realized meeting new dogs didn’t present a challenge, but was fun.

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