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Calmness and Expectations

Whenever socialising with other dogs, I urge you to include calmness as a major part of the play date. Heres why.

Socialising your puppy appropriately

Whenever socialising with other dogs, I urge you to include calmness as a major part of the play date. Allowing dogs to free play continuously isn’t going to help them learn how to communicate with other dogs (it often does the opposite) or help you in the long run.

Remember, you’re trying to set expectations for your puppy and build habits of how you want them to be and interact when older. None of us want the dog that runs up to all other dogs, jumps on them, bites their ears, gets over aroused and then won’t leave them alone. Yet one problem that I get called into a lot is attention outside. Dogs running off to meet other dogs and ignoring their recall, dogs that drag you on lead to meet others, dogs that jump all over strangers and dogs that generally do not listen outside. Now is your time to prevent your puppy learning and practicing all of that. 

We spend a lot of time setting the wrong expectations for our puppies. We should be raising puppies to expect a rough 1:3 ratio. Roughly, 1 distraction you ignore and pass by, 1 you can quickly engage with (eg sniff) and move on, 1 you can have a longer interaction with (eg offlead play). This reflects much more of what we expect from them as adults.

Remember, teaching your puppy that they don’t always get to say hello is a huge part of appropriate socialisation.  So remember to teach your puppy how to mooch calmly, how to sniff, how to say hello calmly when other dogs are present and equally how to ignore and walk on by,  this is the true meaning of socialisation.

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