A big part of owning a dog is making sure that he or she is socialized properly. This means your pooch should be adjusted enough to be comfortable in their own home as well in new places. Admittedly, changes or new introductions can cause nervousness, but this is where your confidence and “know-how” come in. Purebred Breeders LLC invites you to read on for tips on how to introduce your dog to new places so the experience can be more pleasant for both of you.
Moving to a New Home
A large challenge for dog owners is moving their faithful pets into a new home. Remember that this can be hard at first for the human members of the family because people often need a little time to adjust to the change each time they move. It is the same thing for your pet. Properly socializing your dog early can help with the sudden changes, but there are other things you will have to do. You can allow the dog to explore the new home completely, both inside and out. Purebred Breeders LLC recommends that you stay with your four-legged friend throughout the process, especially when exploring outside.
You can also provide your pet with a special place in the new home that is similar to his or her original spot. This place can be where the pet’s blanket, toys, water or food dishes are set up. It is best to use old belongings that have the scent of your old home since this will remind the pet of the old home and help him or her relax. Continue to explore on a daily basis until he or she is comfortable to move about. Purebred Breeders LLC strongly urges you to puppy-proof the new home if necessary if you are dealing with a growing dog.
Traveling to or Visiting New Places
Introducing your dog to temporary new places is another big hurdle. New parks, stores, and veterinarian offices can all make your canine companion nervous. Try to make the first few visits to a new place are short and offer your dog a friendly pat from time to time. A treat or two while at the new place can also help, but do not reward the pet on the way home or after returning home. This could make the pet want to leave the new place more quickly at the next visit. Gradually extend the time spent there until a full visit or trip is possible.
Socializing your dog when it is still young is the best way to ensure that new environments do not scare them as easily, but even older dogs with less socialization can learn to enjoy a fun outing. Always take the time to help your pooch get familiar with a new place before you leave him or her, and look out for signs of stress, nervousness or any kind of anxiety. Purebred Breeders LLC also urges you to go on walks outside of your regular route so your pooch can get used to the idea of seeing new places and people.