Ways to help your dog become pawsitively social

Ways to help your dog become pawsitively social
    Ways to help your dog become pawsitively social
    (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christopher R. Morales)

    Ways to help your dog become positively social
    Thinking of taking Fido along as you visit a community fair or festival? First, consider your dog’s temperament.
    Not all dogs are comfortable in crowds. Those with fears or aggressive
    tendencies should be left at home. Work with a trainer to desensitize these canines
    until they are comfortable in chaotic environments.
    Even the most reliable dogs need careful management.
    Here’s your checklist for success:
    Outfit your dog with a sturdy, non-retractable leash attached to a well-fitting collar or harness
    with current ID, license and rabies tags. Bring your own water, a collapsible water
    bowl, plenty of treats and poop bags. Plan your dog’s potty breaks and take him
    away from the action to do his business. Keep your dog close and under
    control at all times.
    Dogs that are allowed to pull or lead their owners through crowds are at greater risk of getting stepped on or bumped into by a stroller. Some adults and children are afraid of dogs; they
    will be more comfortable if your dog is under control.
    As you talk to vendors, stroll through booths, or stop to watch the entertainment, keep your
    dog at your side. Have him sit so he doesn’t jump up.
    Reward him with treats. When folks admire your well-mannered pet, have Fido sit for the greeting. Take a moment to teach children the proper way to greet a dog: wait for the dog to sit; extend a hand for sniffing,
    and if the dog is friendly, lightly stroke its shoulder or side. Never pet a strange dog on top of the head, and always be calm.
    Be your dog’s advocate. If you aren’t comfortable with certain people, nicely decline their request to interact with your dog. Never allow your dog to visit or sniff noses with another dog in this type of environment.
    You don’t know if the other dog is healthy or has good dog skills; the last thing you want is a dogfight or a sick dog. Pay attention to the weather and ground temperature. The heat of thesun can make pavements too hot for dog paws. If it’s warm, give your dog frequent water breaks in the shade.
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