Socialising a dog can sometimes be a bit of a challenge, especially if the dog is adopted or has had a traumatic past.
However, with the right technique and training it will gradually get easier to get your pooch accustomed to other dogs and people.
The key to this is to start off slowly and to take them out regularly so they are used to being around others.
Below we have given some hints and tips on how you can successfully socialise your dog and introduce them to lots of new friends.
Take a class
If you are struggling to keep your pooch under control or they are a little too hyperactive, why not take them along to a professional dog training class where you can teach them under the supervision and guidance of an experienced trainer?
Expose your dog to new things
The more new things and scenarios you can introduce your dog too, the more likely they will get used to different situations and pooches.
It will also mean your dog is less nervous and agitated when exposed to unfamiliar surroundings.
Introduce your pooch to others
The quickest way to socialise your dog is by introducing them to others. If you have a friend who also has a dog why not invite them over for short periods of time and slowly but surely get your pooch used to being around others?
If you notice any aggressive or dominant behaviour, it is a good idea to give your dog a time out and subsequently reward her when they behave the way you want them too.
Go to the park
Taking your dog to the same park will expose them to other four-legged regulars who are also out and about.
It is one of the most natural ways to get your dog to socialise with others, while also getting some much needed exercise.
Written by: Hannah Dyball