Let’s Get Social
Dogs need friends just like people do. So many pet owners think a cute puppy kindergarten class in McHenry County is the answer. Puppy fun classes are enjoyable to watch but they do not develop permanent socialization lessons. They can create future problems. When puppies are playing you do not have control of them to correct improper behavior so they may even develop problems they didn’t have originally.
Socialization with other dogs does not start with other dogs living in the house, neighbors, or other dogs that visit your McHenry County home on a often. It should begin 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 pets to play with other canines but be careful of dog parks in McHenry County (or anywhere). You are aware of how much socialization your dog has but you never know about another dog. We now live in a litigious time and if 2 dogs get into a argument 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 local fast food restaurant, try a reputable day care, attend group classes where socialization is stressed.
At Rock’s Positive K-9 Training we work with pets with socialization problems all the time and it is stressed throughout all training aspects. Check our class schedule and try one of our group training sessions.