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Puppy Socialization: What It Is & Why It’s So Important

Puppy Socialization: What It Is & Why It’s So Important

Of all the things you can do for your new puppy, socialization is probably the most important. Introducing your puppy to different sights, sounds, people, animals, and places in a positive way can help your dog form positive associations that will last a lifetime. And timing is crucial. The younger the puppy is, the better. Up until she is about 4 months old, there’s a window of opportunity in which your pup is more accepting of what she comes across. This is called the critical socialization window. After that, it can be more difficult to introduce her to new things. (more…)

How Your Emotions And Reactions Impact Your Dog’s Behavior

How Your Emotions And Reactions Impact Your Dog’s Behavior

A few years before I became a certified dog trainer, I was trying to deal with my pitbull’s leash reactivity on my own. If your otherwise sweet, friendly, dog barks, lunges, and snarls at other dogs, people, or objects while on leash, there’s a good chance that she has leash reactivity. This is different than aggression in that reactivity is your dog’s way of telling you that she’s uncomfortable on the leash while encountering all the triggers of people, or dogs, or strollers, etc. (more…)