Classical Conditioning

Classical Conditioning – SIRIUS Adult Dog Training

When older dogs get stressed out, they stop listening to humans.  Always take the time to ensure that your dog is comfortable with their environment.  Lots of soothing praise and food treats will help them adjust to unfamiliar surroundings.

 

Shy Shepherd - Training the Companion Dog 1 – Socialization & Training

Playing with one other dog will not be sufficient for your pup’s socialization.  Instead, they should meet, and play with as many other puppies and dogs as possible.

Give Dogs Time – SIRIUS Adult Dog Training

If you want your dog to be calm and confident, you have to first give them time to get used to new people and places, then you have to  praise and reward them for their good behavior.

Little Dogs First - Training the Companion Dog 1 – Socialization & Training

Letting the little dogs off-leash first gives them a chance to explore and get comfortable.  Some pups are naturally shyer, and need more time to build up their  confidence.

Sensory Overload – SIRIUS Adult Dog Training

Walking through a new environment can be very stressful for a dog, especially if there are other dogs or strangers around.  Take time to settle down in unfamiliar places and reward your dog for acting calmly.

Walk in the Park

Take your dog to new and interesting places and hand feed them with their dinner or special treats.  Your dog will become much calmer and more confident.

Take Time on Walks

Walks can be very exciting for dogs.  It’s important to give them time to adjust to new surroundings, with praise and treats as reinforcement.

Socializing Your Adolescent Dog: Walks & the Park

Socialization is a never ending process, just because you socialized your puppy well doesn't mean you can neglect them when they get older. Take your dog on walk and trips to the park.

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Classical Conditioning

Whereas eight-week-old puppies are universally accepting of people, adolescent dogs naturally become wary of anything unfamiliar, including noises, objects, dogs, people and places. It is not uncommon for adolescent dogs to become fearful or reactive. As puppies grow older, the world becomes a scarier place. To prevent dogs from becoming wary of children, men, strangers, skateboarders, other dogs, loud noises, vacuum cleaners, nail clippers, collar grabs, etc. etc. etc., take your time when exposing your puppy, adolescent, or newly adopted adult dog to novel (unfamiliar) stimuli, settings and situations and make sure you classically condition your dog not only to tolerate, but also to thoroughly enjoy all of these potentially scary stimuli.

 
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