Some dogs are naturally sociable and for some reason and some dog’s just aren’t. There is hope for every dog. Most dog owners have a dream when they get a dog to be able to share them with their friends and family and maybe take them out in public every so often. This dream has been shattered for many when they realize their dog is unsocial and hard to deal with out in public. Here are a few tips to help with these issues.
Whether your dog has problems being out in public, when friends come over, or with your family inside of your home small exposures to their fears is the best way to help your dog over come. If your dog has a hard time being in public the first thing to start with are walks around your neighborhood or a quite park where you will maybe only encounter a few people. Taking your dog to a crowded park or outdoor event with tons of people before they are ready will only shock them and cause them to act out and deepen their fear. Slowly work with them by taking small steps and gage when you think they are ready for the next thing.
If your dog is afraid of strangers the best thing to do is slowly introduce them and don’t let strangers approach your dog immediately. Your dog has to trust that everyone you bring around them is ok and the only way to do that is carefully. When you are out in public and some one asks to pet your dog politely say no for your dog’s sake. If you dog has trouble with people coming into your home put them away when there are large groups and let them out when only one person is there so they can get used to it.
If your dog is not social around other dogs do not try to take them to a dog park immediately or throw them into a dog playgroup because this will only cause them to act out in fear and potentially hurt another dog. Find another dog that is calm and about the same size as your dog to start weekly play dates with. This will help your dog get to know this dog slowly and hopefully become friends. At this point you can slowly start to introduce more dog friends.
If after all of these things nothing seems to work look into enrolling your dog into training and behavioral programs and classes. At these classes you will learn more tips to help your dog and your dog will learn how to better cope with its fears. These programs can sometimes be expensive but in to end the results are always worth it.
A lot of people get a dog to act as a guard dog for their home and family. If your dog is unsocial they will probably have a really hard time filling this role. A great and even better alternative to a guard dog is a home security system. I found a company called Smith Monitoring that offers some of the absolute best features available. Smith security will set up security camera in your home that can be viewed live at anytime via an app on your smart phone.