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Meeting Strangers - SIRIUS Puppy Training Classic

Meeting new people is very exciting, so it can be a difficult time to control your dog.  If you want to train your dog to meet people in a calm manner you have to practice it.

Vet Visit Handling - Training the Companion Dog 1 – Socialization & Training

Pass the Puppy teaches your pup to enjoy being handled by strangers.  If you are the only person who handles your dog, they may not be comfortable being touched by anyone else, including your vet.

Settling with Strangers - SIRIUS Puppy Training Redux

Have other people practice handling your puppy, so they’re comfortable being examined by strangers, such as a veterinarian.

Strangers Grab Collars - SIRIUS Puppy Training Redux

Your puppy should practice all of their training exercises with other people as well.  Positive training experiences with strangers are an important part of socialization.

Children Near the Food Bowl - Training the Companion Dog 2 – Behavior Problems

Dogs are naturally possessive around their food, but with a little training it’s easy to show them that they should welcome children around their food bowl.

Fighting With Dogs

Many people have unrealistic expectations about dog-dog social behavior. Dogs are expected to behave perfectly and get along with all other dogs, even though people have difficulty being universally accepting and friendly. However, although people may often disagree, argue, and sometimes resort to pushing and shoving, very few people inflict severe injuries. When tempers flare, extreme physical aggression is strongly inhibited. Really, dogs are not that much different.

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Fear of People

Socializing a puppy to people is the easiest and most enjoyable aspect of raising a dog. On a regular and ongoing basis, puppies need to meet, play with, and be handled and trained by a wide variety of people, especially including strangers, men, and children.

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Dogs & Children

Babies and children should never be left unsupervised with puppies or dogs. Learning to respect, understand, care for, and successfully control a dog gives a dramatic boost to any child's self-esteem. But these benefits do not come by magic. Children and parents alike must realize that cartoon dogs are fantasy, and Lassie was several well-trained dogs. Both Lassie and Timmy were acting. In the domestic environment, both dogs and children must learn how to act around each other. All dogs must be taught how to act around children, and all children must be taught how to act around dogs.

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Continued Socialization

Training a dog to be people-friendly and especially to enjoy the company of his immediate human family is the second most important item in your puppy's education — much more important than socializing him to other dogs. (And as we all know by now, the most important item in your puppy's educational curriculum is teaching bite inhibition.) Although a few common sense precautions make it possible to live quite happily with a dog that does not get along with other dogs, it can be extremely difficult and even dangerous to live with a dog that does not like people — especially if he doesn't like family members! So people-friendliness is a much more important doggy quality than dog-friendliness. But it is truly wonderful when a dog is dog-friendly, having had ample opportunity to meet and play with other dogs on walks and in dog parks.

 
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