An important aspect of a dog’s development is their ability to interact with other dogs, pets, people, places and new (sometimes unfamiliar) experiences in a positive manner. New dog owners might be unaware that the best time to socialise a dog is in its early puppy stages, roughly between three and fourteen weeks of age. However, it isn’t always possible for us to fully expose our puppies in this period, and measures must be taken when the dog has matured. Whether you adopted an adult dog or your dog had an isolated upbringing, it isn’t too late and highly important to socialise them, whatever their age.
Don’t throw in the towel yet. If your dog displays any of the above behaviours, it’s for a reason, but it’s not permanent. A well thought out plan (that you stick to) can reverse many anxieties your dog has. Here’s some helpful tips: