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  • Richard Chan

No “but..”, just don’t do it and thank me later.

Dogs are being rehomed or put down daily because of behavioural issues.

This is a fact. It is also a fact that many of these dogs were once little puppies who were very loved by their owners. What happened? One common mistake l have seen new owners (or even experienced dog people) make over and over again is their misunderstanding on “socialization”. For some reason, many people mistakenly believe they need to find some doggie friends for their puppies, and they believe they need to let all sorts of strangers pet their puppies since day one, in order for their puppies to be “friendly”. They usually do this by saying hi to other dogs on leash, letting their puppies pull them to other people, allowing all sorts of strangers to pet their puppies when on leash, letting their puppies play with other unruly puppies without any structures or boundaries... What these things all have in common is that they are perfect breeding grounds for anxiety, reactivity, aggression, fearfulness, and other behaviour issues. They are the hot bed for any behaviour issues rooted in a lack of impulse control, attentiveness, respect, and trust. Many people mistakenly believed that they had to do these things to “socialize” their puppies just to find out they ended up with an out of control, reactive, and anxious dog that they could not really take anywhere. There is nothing “social” about such a puppy when no one can include this puppy in his/her social life. Do not follow what everyone else does when it comes to socialization. Many reactive dogs you see on the street were socialized that way. Please teach your dog to be neutral and impartial around other people and dogs. You will appreciate the huge difference this can make when your puppy becomes a dog.

#aggression #balancedtraining #affection #dogpark #dogtraining #socialization #puppytraining #anxiety #boardandtrain


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