People* love to tell you that, you have to socialize your dog to be able to have a well adjusted pet. Let them meet lots of other dogs and as many people as possible. On the surface this sounds pretty reasonable, doesn’t it? Of course, that’s so simple.
There are two major flaws, associated with this advice. Take a moment or two, and see if you can come up with the correct answer…….. Did you try it ?…Yea !……Excellent !!
For those of us that couldn’t figure it out, because we have been brainwashed for so many years. On the proper way, or in this particular case the improper way to socialize your dog. Here’s the answers.
1: For the vast majority of us these days, its unfortunate but we simply don’t have the time to do that. To take your dog out, and meet other people and dogs. And if we did, Its not going to accomplish a whole lot because odds are most dogs you meet out there, are going to be just as nervous as your guy. Not to mention that the people you meet are likely to be nervous around other dogs also.
2: There’s all different degrees of nervousness in dogs. This is actually their survival instinct. So what happens in these circumstances is your dogs mind tells him to, bark, growl, snap at it. Do what ever it is you have to do to scare whatever’ s, frightening you away.
What this means is, that if you take your dog out to meet other animals and your guy starts freaking out and you have a hard time relaxing him. You may be making him a basket case, if you can’t calm him down.
Some dogs if they meet a lot of dogs and people, ( hence the time issue thing ) they will become happy and relaxed around just about anything. Other dogs it really doesn’t matter how much you try and socialize them. They don’t wanna meet anything new. Unless you know how to make them at ease.
Here’s how you do it. There is going to be multiple parts for this thing. Because you must learn, one step at a time. Without hoping around to different sections.
THE FIRST PART : In the comfort and security of your home or yard ( so your little guy starts off happy ), you are going to learn how to make and get your dog excited. Talk to him like a baby. You have to get happy and excited, let your playful emotions come out. GET HAPPY. HAPPY. HAPPY. This is how you talk to dogs. We have the ability to make them happy, calm, or sad. By the way we talk to them. You have to show it to your dog, through your eyes, your face, your body language.
Don’t stand there like a mope, with no emotions. GET EXCITED !!!!
I”m going to stop here. This is your first big step in learning how to talk with your dog.
This may help you. Do you ever sing around your house, when nobodies home. Pretending your on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. Come on we all do it. When you are doing this, all your emotions and feelings are coming out. THAT IS HOW YOU TALK WITH YOUR DOG.
I’ll be a little more organized in the future. So I will have links for you guys, to some of my other blogs that have doggie info on them.
You have a great day , And don’t be afraid or embarrassed to act like an idiot with your dog.
The Spirit Dog