The Surprising Truth About Socializing and Dog Parks

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When a dog meets another dog, their reaction is normally either friendliness, fear, aggression, or disinterest. If your dog is fearful or aggressive, go to a veterinary behaviorist to determine the root cause of the behavior. Not all dogs do well at a dog park, and this is not the only way to socialize your dog. If your dog already does not have confidence at the dog park, use obedience classes or one on one play dates to provide a better environment.

Key Takeaways:

  • While some dogs are extroverts, others can be highly uncomfortable around other dogs.
  • Owners should gradually expose their puppies to other dogs, but not force it if they seem highly uncomfortable.
  • Dogs should social opportunities throughout their lives, including learning from play dates, obedience classes, doggy daycare, or doggy therapy.

“Like people, dogs come in all shapes, sizes and personalities.”

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