Did you know that if you socialize your puppy at a young age they will grow up to be a more well rounded dog? How do you go about socializing your new puppy? What about an older dog that needs socialization? Can an old dog learn new tricks?
As a pet sitting company in Mesa, AZ (also servicing Gilbert and Gold Canyon) we see unsocial dogs all the time. Some of the behaviors we notice when we meet our new unsocial clients are:
Aggression toward new people
Hiding behind mom or dad
Slow to get to know a new person
Some of these pets are great on a leash but leery of new people in their home. Some are great with new people in their home, but act aggressive while on a walk.
How do you make sure your new puppy is socialized properly so you don’t have to worry about these issues as they get older? How do you help your older dog be more social?
The following video offers great tips on how to ensure your pet becomes a well rounded, social dog.
So what do you do when you are busy and don’t have the time to properly socialize your dog? Here are a few recommendations:
There are several doggy day cares to choose from. If you enroll your puppy into doggy day care it allows them to be in a different environment and meet new dogs every day!
Taking your puppy for walks around the neighborhood and allowing them to meet new people, smell new things and explore is a great way to get them used to new things.
Seeking out social activities or pet friendly events that your dog is welcome to.
Do you have other ideas on how to socialize a dog? Leave your comment below…
Have a young dog? A dog with tons of energy? Work long hours? We’ve got your solution for finding the perfect dog walker.
People look for a dog walker for many reasons…
1. Young professionals that need help with their young dog
2. Families that have dogs with a ton of energy
3. Families work long hours and are busy with the kid’s activities
4. The walker in the family has had surgery or an injury and is unable to walk the dog
5. The walker in the family is going on a long vacation and the spouse works long hours.
No matter what the reason is, it can be difficult to find the perfect dog walker. Here are some questions you may want to ask your potential dog walker…some you may not have even thought of:
1. Can I pay per walk? Or do I have to purchase a block of walks?
2. Do the walks have to be the same days every week? Or are you flexible?
3. Do you walk one family at a time? Or do you do outings with lots of other dogs?
4. Do you offer a discount if we schedule dog walks 5 days per week?
5. Do you have experience handling wildlife encounters? (Snakes, coyotes, mountain lions, etc)
6. How do you keep my dog safe from possible disease and unleashed dog encounters?
7. How long are your walks?
All of these questions can be answered during a phone consultation. Once you’ve found the company that fits what your family needs you need to have them come to your house and meet them. Have them go on a short test walk with you to make sure they can handle your dog appropriately. Believe it or not, there are some pet sitters that are better with other types of pets than dogs but still offer the dog walking service. Hiring the wrong person to walk your dog could result in injuries that could be prevented or unwanted leash behaviors.