Tips to socialise your dog

Social pups out and about.
Social pups out and about.

1. OBSERVATION is important to start with. Head down to the park where other dogs are, but don’t go in. Let your dog sniff around and watch the other dogs. If any come close and your dog reacts well, give them a treat. If not move further away until they start behaving better as you go closer.

2. YOU need to establish a positive association when other dogs are around, so when you’re out walking your dog avoid pulling on the lead. Encouraging your pet with a treat will be better.

3. INTRODUCING your dog to other dogs early on at puppy school is a good place to start. But even if they are older it will still help. The distraction of learning tricks will not only make them better around other dogs but humans, too.

4. KEEP cool, calm and collected when you are out and about and your pet will, too. If you react like there’s nothing different when another dog is around they will believe it, too.

5. SOCIALISING your pet with people is important as well, but only do it one at a time. If they offer a treat and talk nicely your pooch will have a positive association.

The main thing to remember is to be positive. Trying to correct bad behaviour will ultimately make for a jumpy, more nervous dog.

Topics:  lifestyle pets

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Kilcoy gets a run at history

HONOURED: Somerset's Matthew Heck will carry the Queens Baton through Kilcoy next Tuesday.

Queen's Baton Relay celebrations to hit town next week.

Rain gives a boost to prices

ON THE RISE: Recent rain in the state is driving demand for cattle.

Cattle prices recover from last year's fall

Have you seen the car connected to a Laidley robbery?

Police are appealing for information on a break and enter of the QN Hotel in Laidley.

If you know anything contact police or Crime Stoppers.

Local Partners