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Puppies: Critical Period of Socialization

Yesterday we talked about what puppy owners can do while they wait for a puppy class to begin.  Several readers mentioned the importance of early socialization and training. There are actually some critical periods of socialization for puppies. A critical … Continue reading

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Confidence Building: Helping Submissive Dogs

From time to time, we get calls about submissive dogs — the dogs who drop and show their bellies when another dog approaches. There are things you can do to help your submissive dog gain confidence.  Here are some suggestions. … Continue reading

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Puppies Meeting People

In AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, the puppy level of Canine Good Citizen, the “s” in S.T.A.R. stands for socialization. For those of you who have puppies or have had them in the past, how did you introduce and expose your puppy … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Lunging on a Leash: The Truth Behind the Mystery

If there’s one thing that will ruin a peaceful walk with a dog on a leash, it is when the dog lunges at other dogs or people.  To get a solution, it helps to understand the causes of lunging.  Here … Continue reading

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Is Your Dog a Social Butterfly?

Proper socialization is the key to owning a well-adjusted pup who enjoys meeting new people.  Well-socialized dogs are happy and easy to control.  They give a good impression to others and make the people they meet feel that they are … Continue reading

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