You Need a Puppy Training Plan That Focuses on Teaching Good Habits Your Dog Will Practice As An Adult
A good socialization program should help your puppy prepare for his adult life with you. It means not just promoting confidence in interacting with other people and dogs, but just as importantly, understanding how to behave appropriately during those interactions.
Unfortunately, when we focus too much on having our dogs “say hi” to other people and dogs, we make them manic and overly excited about those greetings. We inadvertently teach unstable and psychologically unhealthy behaviours in interacting with other dogs and people.
Dogs aren’t so different from us - if we saw a person frantically running up to every single person on the street trying to hug them, we wouldn’t consider that person happy or stable - so why do we expect this is acceptable behaviour from our dogs?
Worse yet, owners that socialize their puppies this way can create unwanted behaviours like pulling and lunging on the leash, jumping up on people, dogs that won’t come back when called, and even overly aroused and inappropriate play with other dogs that can eventually turning into fighting.
A good socialization program should instead teach that while other people and other dogs are pleasant to be around, his first and foremost focus and priority is you - his owner. When your puppy learns to choose you as his priority on his own, loose leash walking and come become a non issue. Jumping up on other people and overarousal around other dogs also become non issues because it just simply isn’t in his head or mind state to behave that way.
If you know you ultimately want a well mannered adult dog, start your training program properly to get the end results you truly want today.