Early socialization fosters dog-cat relations.

If you have questions on puppy socialization and habituation we encourage you to enroll in a Puppy Headstart class at Green Acres Kennel Shop. You can learn more about that by “” or by calling us at 945-6841. If you are not within our service area, you can find professional dog trainers offering classes at the links below:

Not to mention putting other dogs at risk of a bad socialization experience.

Something that gets me, though, is that not all dogs take food treats or have little food motivation. As you noted, the important factor about socialization is that dogs come out with a positive experience, and for some of them, simply moving away is positive for them as a reward for remaining calm. Some dogs just want human interaction or attention. Using obedience training in conjunction with socialization can make things go so much quicker, since the dog already has a positive relationship with its handler, and there is a mutual respect and trust. Using this to gradually expose the dog to new situations, sounds, people, and environments can build up confidence in the dog as well as cement the obedience foundation that has been laid earlier.

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* Article: Dog-Friendly Dog Training - Socialization Techniques by Andrea Arden Fears are stressful, and stress is bad for your dog's health. Socialization takes away fears and stresses so your dog is not only happier, but also healthier. You can socialize your dog to be calm about what is happening in the world around him.

Dog Socialization, Training and Obedience

Once a pup’s socialization window closes -that’s it. There is no turning back the clock. Usually these dogs never seen much of the world, which can lead to fear and even aggression. After 4 months of age socialization is remedial.

Remedial Socialization Guidelines

Shelter Dog Socialization Training | Best Friends Animal Society


The problem isn't with socialization itself, but with many people's understanding of socialization. Socialization is vital for proper mental and social development in dogs, and it needs to be offered properly. Mistakes in socialization, even if intentions are good, can backfire and may even produce an overly shy or overly aggressive dog.What if you have an adult dog? Maybe you made some socialization mistakes, or you inherited a bad socialization legacy along with the dog. In either case, socialization experiences aren't as they should be. Is there hope?Good socialization introduces a puppy or dog to something new, maybe even challenges the dog a little. Good socialization provides a positive experience for the dog.How do we know this? Because so many owners have come to us deeply concerned with the behavior of their dog. And because, through Step-UP Socialization, so many of those dogs have blossomed into happy members of our cageless community. They have then become better adjusted at home and in public.