When your dog meets a new dog…


When your dog meets a new dog, things can get tense.  It’s not always easy.  How are you to know if the other dog wants to play?  How do you know if the dog is aggressive?  How do you if the other person wants you to meet their dog? I want to help you find a practical solution for dealing with this common issue.

The first thing I want you to consider is where you and your dog’srelationship is.  It’s important to know how well you and your dog are doing on the three major skills.  How good is your leash walking?  How well does your dog stay during distractions?  How well do you know how to communicate when things begin to break down?  These questions will give you some insight as to whether or not you and your dog are ready for the adventure of socialization.

The best way to introduce your dog to other dogs is by going on a pack walk.  I want you to focus on having your dog receive rewards for being together with you and also learning to respect the end of the leash.  This is not always an easy task for folks but if you are consistently practicing, then leash walking is something that can be attainable for you. One tip you can use if you find yourself overwhelmed is to make some space for you and your dog and immediately get back to clarifying to your dog what it is you actually want your dog to understand.  If you don’t know how to do this, please leave me a comment below.  I’d like to point you in the direction of some resources to help you and your dog.

Another great way to introduce dogs to each other is by using your place skill.  This is how I introduce dogs into my home.  The place skill is such a great way to calm dogs that when we use this skill, it eliminates excitement.  Excitement is the precursor to all bad behaviors. So, if you can bring the arousal level down, then it will be significantly easier to avoid the things that we all don’t want to happen.

Longoriahaus Dog Training is a dog training service in the Kingwood and Houston, Texas area. Longoriahaus Dog Training can help you raise a happy and reliable dog.

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