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Although dogs are generally friendly animals, there are many considerations that go into socializing. You might think that all you need is to find the right type of breed and everything will go smoothly. How you raise a dog has a very important role in the development of the dog's behavior, especially if you've had them since birth. From birth to the age of 3 or 4 months every experience will have an effect on the dog as an adult. Dogs that are trained from an early age to make friends with other dogs, humans, and new situations during this time will make dogs grow into animals that are confident, calm, and friendly. This process is known as the socialization process.
Puppies that are not socialized generally grow into shy and sensitive dogs. These dogs will have difficulty interacting. Fear that arises in dogs can be a trigger for aggression. A dog that has good socialization can also become less friendly if he is isolated when he is an adult. So with all this being said, how do you ensure a friendly dog personality?
1. Do not keep the puppy away from the mother and siblings before the age of 8 weeks. Interaction with the parent and sibling can teach puppies many things about socializing. If you remove them too early, there will be permanent damage to their socialization abilities.
2. Invite your dog to make friends with other dogs. Do activities that will help your dog learn how to get along with other dogs. For puppies, ask to play with other puppies. Thus the puppy will have experience playing so that it will increase their socialization instinct.
3. Create lots of opportunities for fun experiences with various people. Take your puppy for a walk so he or she can meet various people. If your dog is used to meeting a variety of people from an early age, it is unlikely that the dog will become aggressive later. The experts recommend inviting your puppy to participate in activities, such as gathering with other dog lovers. These activities are important to introduce your puppy to other people besides their owners and show them how to behave around humans.
Besides the tips above, you can also encourage your dog to make friends with neighboring dogs or people you know around your area of residence. Don't forget to let your dog stay in the house too! Dogs that live in the house together with humans will usually consider people who live in the house as part of their pack. The dog will also feel more comfortable hanging out with people and noise inside the house. Also, start familiarizing your dog with a variety of sounds and experiences. The sound of lawnmowers, vacuum cleaners, washing machines, and the like are types of sounds that are normally not liked by dogs because of how loud they are. Teach your dog to get used to them from an early age. Teaching puppies to be friendly with dogs and humans is the most important job as a dog owner. This keeps people safe around your dog and prevents your dog from becoming aggressive.