Tips for Socialising Your Dog

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A Dog Socialisation

Dog Socialisation in the past was an increasingly popular means of controlling dogs behaviour but it is no longer the only way. Today we find that there are many ways of training a dog without the need for this as a mode of controlling it. It can still be used for this purpose, but it is not always as successful as it used to be.

Socialisation can be viewed as the teaching of the dog to associate certain situations with positive outcomes or negative influence. The socialisation is also based on the fact that dogs do not respond to rewards. This means that it is more effective to use rewards rather than simply rewarding the dog for a particular behaviour.

There are various types of Socialisation such as noise training, call/response training, physical and vocal cues. The methods differ in method and some are more effective than others.

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For example, noise training uses vocal cues which can be easily accomplished by barking at certain things. This form of socialisation involves shouting at the dogs as if you were disciplining them.

Call/response training is based on using sound and voice to tell the dog what to do. The dog gets the message through the dog’s response to the sound.

Physical training is when the owner physically interacts with the dog when they are around the house or at the same place. This form of socialisation requires only interaction with the dog but a lot of concentration on the part of the owner. However, this method has its own downsides as the dog is not rewarded for good behaviour and it can be rather tiring.

Now, on to verbal socialisation. Here we use vocal cues to encourage the dog to be good at certain behaviours.

When using vocal cues with a dog, the owner must remember that they are more effective with younger dogs and with older dogs when it comes to tone of voice and how they get the message across. The owner should be very clear in their instructions and commands.

The correction method is based on verbal cues and verbal commands. Corrective Socialisation works best for very small dogs, whereas vocal socialisation can be used in bigger dogs.

However, this method requires a lot of time and effort from the owner. With verbal commands, it is also easy to teach the dog that does what.

Corrective socialisation is also referred to as Humane socialisation. It requires training to get the dog to associate a specific behaviour with a particular command.