socialization

Are Dog Parks Good Places To Socialize A Puppy?

Are Dog Parks Good Places To Socialize A Puppy?

Responsible dog owners want to make sure their dog gets along well with others. Often, if a dog park is nearby, they may consider taking their dog there to play with other canines.  But there is a real difference in having fun, social play encounters at a dog park and socializing a puppy. Let’s look at this more in depth. Professional dog trainer and behaviorists use the term “socialization’ in a very specific way. Socialization refers to exposing a puppy to new experiences, people, objects and other animals while they are relatively young, in a restricted time window known as…
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Play Dates For Your Dog – Three Tips To Ensure Success

Play Dates For Your Dog – Three Tips To Ensure Success

For our readers who have children, arranging play dates for your child is essential. You wouldn’t think of depriving them of the fun and opportunities for socialization and learning that come with interacting with other children. The same goes for your dog! Arranging a doggie play date for your pup is a wonderful opportunity to socialize him. You can plan to meet in your or your friend’s backyard or in a nearby dog park where your dogs can run and play to their hearts’ content. Here are a few tips to ensure success: One - If both dogs are puppies,…
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