Let’s Get Social
Dogs need friends just like their owners do. So many pet owners think a fun puppy kindergarten class in McHenry County is the answer. Puppy fun classes are enjoyable to see but they do not develop permanent socialization lessons. They can create future problems. When puppies are tumbling around you do not have control of them to correct poor behavior so they may even develop problems they didn’t have to start off with.
Socialization with other canines does not start with housemates, neighbors, or other canines that visit your McHenry County house on a regular basis. It should start with strange dogs they don’t know. The most critical time in the dog’s life to work on socialization is between 10 months and 24 months of age…and then continue for the rest of their lives.
Allow your dogs to play with other canines but be careful of dog parks in McHenry County (or anywhere). You know how much socialization your dog has but you can’t know about someone else’s dog. We now live in a litigious time and if 2 dogs get into a fight and your dog wins even if he didn’t start it, you will be sued.
Take your dog to as many public places in McHenry County as you can and be sure they are in your control. The only way a dog can learn is with life experiences where you can correct any bad behavior. Try stores where they allow pets, go to drive throughs at the bank, try a reputable day care, go to group classes where socialization is stressed.
At Rock’s Positive K-9 Training we train dogs with socialization problems all the often and it is stressed throughout all training aspects. Check our class schedule and try one of our group training sessions.