Author: Kenny Johnson
Undoubtedly, dogs love and adore their human parents. They love playing with them and get along pretty well with other family members instantly.
But does that happen with other pups as well?
Whether you are planning to add a new pup to your family or organizing a playdate for your doggie, either way, you need to teach your dog to get along with his furry friends.
Research shows that interactive play between dogs can be stimulating, both physically and mentally. In fact, it is also found to reduce anxiety as well as destructive behavior around the house.
All in all, having furry friends for your dog can help your dog brush up his social skills and allow them to find solace in someone other than you.
Here we have some amazing tips for you to use and help your doggo get along and share a friendly bond with a new pup.
Throw a fancy dog party
Just like humans, dogs tend to make friends when they are having fun. So, if you want your dog to jell with other pups, you need to start finding opportunities to bring them together.
For this, you can consider hosting small get-togethers for your dog’s potential canine friends. You can arrange plenty of party games for your furry friends.
And to take it a notch higher, you can also arrange for a dog’s fashion show where all the parents dress their dogs in cute pet costumes and take pictures with each other. All you need to do is make sure every parent is responsible for their pet’s behavior to avoid any chaos at your party.
Always encourage good behavior
Positive reinforcement is one of the best ways to show your pet that you are happy with their behavior. That’s how you teach new tricks to your dog. Right?
You need just that to help your dog share a friendly bond with the new pups. With the help of positive reinforcement, you need to show your dog how happy and pleased you are with them making new friends.
For instance, whenever your dog meets his new friends with a gentle sniff or a wagging tail, you can offer him treats to praise his behavior. You can also use appreciative words like “good boy” whenever your dog shows signs of positive social interaction with other pups.
Once your dog realizes that he can get treats by making friends, he would definitely repeat the behavior to have more. Plus, your dog would also start believing that good things will happen whenever he plays nice with his new furry friend.
Prioritize personal space and individual attention
Dogs tend to get into defensive mode whenever another pet enters their territory. This is especially true if you bring in another dog into your household. Your dog might even start feeling jealous of the new pup getting all your love and attention.
So, it would be best to give every dog its own personal space and individual attention. Carve out time to pamper each of your dogs to keep the jealousy factor at bay.
Once your dog realizes that he is still your favorite pet, he will drop the competing behavior and try to make friends with his new sibling.
In the end
One of the most important things to take care of while helping your dog socialize is to stay patient. If he is naturally shy or feels awkward with new people or pets, it will take time for your dog to get used to the idea of having new furry friends around.
So, use the tips mentioned above and help your dog make some life-long friends.