As a dog owner, you cannot overestimate the importance of socialization in developing a well- rounded dog. Knowing the importance of socialization and exposing your dog to various environments can help create the stability needed to build reliability in their behavior.
Our professional dog trainers frequently encourage dog owners to participate in public outing training sessions to achieve that stability. This is especially useful if your dog fears people, other dogs, or unfamiliar situations. When supervised by your dog trainer, these sessions help build confidence in you and your dog.
Even after your dog training program has concluded, you must continue to take advantage of these socialization opportunities. This ensures that your dog maintains those consistent behaviors regardless of its surroundings.
So, where are the best places to take your dog? And how can you ensure your puppy is on their best behavior? Keep reading to find out.
What is covered in our outings classes?
If you've ever felt your pup is too distracted to handle, you're at the right place. It's normal for dogs to act unexpectedly in new situations; it's part of their growth and socialization. However, sometimes they need extra guidance that only professionals can handle.
For example, some socialization ethics your pup needs are;
How to settle in public, e.g., in parks.
While they may appear to be a natural choice for dog owners, a dog park may provide a negative experience for your dog, depending on the dogs personality.
Some owners may need to provide adequate care and attention to their dog or be unaware that it is engaging in bullying or aggressive behavior. For example, some owners may dismiss biting or fighting as "just playing" when, in reality, this could be harmful to the other dog in the equation.
If you take your dog to a dog park, keep an eye on him at all times.
Take a few moments before entering to become acquainted with the already present dogs.
Examine their behavior for potential warning signs of hostile behavior. Poor socialization may necessitate remedial work, so exercise caution before exposing your dog to an uncontrolled environment.
How to walk in these high-distraction areas like downtown areas and parking lots.
Depending on the city/town size, a downtown area can be great for your dog, you don't want the downtown space to be too busy or cramped, as this will likely turn from a low- key outing to a stress-inducing game of "dodge the human/car" .
Bringing your dog downtown can provide excellent socialization opportunities due to the variety of sights and smells available. Your dog could interact with friendly strangers and other dogs in an ideal world.
If you take your dog to the downtown area, be mindful of your dog's paws and overall health in warmer weather. Because downtown areas are typically paved and lack grass or shade, walking on the hot surface can be uncomfortable or even result in burns to their paw pads.
How to take your dog into pet-friendly stores.
If you're a dog owner looking for socialization opportunities, the most obvious place to start is a pet store - and since you'll always need to buy food, toys, and treats, it makes sense to bring your dog along!
Most national pet stores actively encourage you to bring your dog in; some even provide treats while you're checking out.
Furthermore, a word of caution! Keep a close eye on your dog while in the pet store.
These locations are frequently teeming with dog owners with the same idea, which can be
beneficial for socializing your pup with dogs of various sizes, breeds, and temperaments. Even a well-behaved puppy can be startled if they meet another dog unexpectedly (i.e., around the corner of an aisle).
How to take your dog to a pet-friendly restaurant.
Due to health and safety regulations, you usually cannot bring your pet dog into confined indoor locations where food is prepared.
On the other hand, some coffee shops, bars, and restaurants will have a patio area where you can bring your dog as long as they don't bother other customers. Many dog-friendly establishments will frequently provide water bowls for your four-legged companions.
You're probably also aware that coffee shops like Starbucks will make your dog puppuccinos (a small cup of whipped cream) upon request.
To take it a step further, an increasing number of "dog bars" specialize in providing enjoyable treats designed specifically for your dog. This great way to catch up with friends and bring your dogs for a relaxing, enjoyable outing!
Bonus: Public Outing Safety Tips.
When you've decided on an outing, plan to keep your pup safe for the day. Keep your dog hydrated for an exciting walk or a play date in the park.
Also, have plenty of doggy pick-up bags on hand. Pick up after your dog and bring extras to share with other dog owners to keep the area clean.
Lastly, consider how hot the day will be. Choose an outgoing that won't be too hot on your pups' paws to ensure your day is fun. Concrete and hot sand has the potential to burn their paws.
Time to register your dog for an outing class?
A group training class for your dog is the answer to give it the controlled, positive socialization he needs. At Morgan's Pawsitive Pup Training, we've discovered that these classes are a great way for dogs to brush up on their obedience commands or learn a new skill. They also give owners peace of mind because they're supervised by a professional dog trainer.
Puppy training classes boost your puppy's confidence during critical developmental stages.
During a group training session, your trainer should be able to determine which dogs will make good playmates for after class get togethers.
Why Register With Us?
Apart from the fact we take pride in producing environmentally friendly and brilliant pups, some other benefits are;
We live in a very dog-friendly place.
Being able to take your dog out will build a better relationship with your dog is our utmost priority.
Our class size ranges from 2-4 participants. So your pup can get maximum attention.
Our trainers are professionals with years of experience
Gain compliments from friends and family on how well your pup is publicly well behaved.
Sounds exciting! You can register your pup for our outing class or find more information below! https://www.morganspawsitivepuptraining.com/group-classes-outings-puppy-dog-intermediate-advanced-outings