Tips for Socializing Your Dog During COVID-19

Young couple in medical surgical masks holding walks with dog in the summer park; socializing during pandemic

How to socialize your dog during a pandemic

Social distancing provides many challenges for everyone, including dogs. Family pets quickly become accustomed to their unique routines and environments, and social distancing makes it difficult to expose pets to new people, places, activities, and experiences.

Whether a dog is new to the family or a loyal friend, a puppy, or an adult dog, socializing is an important part of responsible dog ownership. Socialization helps dogs prepare for interactions with different types of people, places, and activities.

Dogs who haven’t been socialized properly may become aggressive, territorial, or skittish in situations that are outside their normal lifestyle.

Tips for Socializing Your Dog

Even though social distancing is still in place, socializing your pet is still a very important part of having a well-behaved, healthy, happy dog.

Regardless of current restrictions, the tips below are great ways to introduce your dog to new experiences and activities.

  1. Go for a walk.

    Walks provide great exposure to different noises, sounds, people, and other animals. For the most successful adventures outside, familiarize yourself with basic leash training principles. The outdoors provide great stimuli for dogs and plenty of opportunities to learn how your pet reacts to different interactions.

  2. Go for a car ride.

    Taking a few short car rides is a great way to familiarizing your dog with traveling. Make sure to keep the dog secure in the backseat of your car to avoid distractions while driving. Riding around is a great way to get you and your dog out of the house for a bit.

  3. Familiarize the dog with crates.

    Many people shy away from crates because they believe their dog feels caged or confined. On the contrary, dogs begin to recognize this space as their safe place. Begin crate training with a few minutes in the crate at a time and busy yourself with another activity. This will help them understand that the crate is their home and a safe one at that.

  4. Prepare for vet visits.

    If your dog hasn’t been around many people, a vet visit might be a little too much all at once. Make sure your dog is used to being handled, petted, and played with. Touch your dog’s paws, tails, and ears to get them ready for checkups, groomings, and nail trimmings.

  5. Maintain a routine.

    It’s harder than ever to maintain a routine, but keeping a similar schedule will help your dog know what to expect and when, especially as we transition back into our normal lives.

During training and socializing, it’s important to reward your dog with praises, pets, and treats to create a positive experience and encourage them to enjoy new experiences without fear or aggression.

If socialization isn’t going as you anticipated, or you suspect behavior issues, schedule a consultation with our office. Your dog could be an excellent candidate for one of our training or behavior modification programs.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our Newsletter
Google Reviews
heather
heather
posted 3 weeks ago

Take both my pets here. The doctors are amazing! They genuinely care and show compassion toward my fur babies. They go over every detail of my visit and answer all of my concerns. I never leave with a question unanswered. I highly recommend Dr. Joel for feline friends.

Nicole Inman
Nicole Inman
posted 1 month ago

If I could give this office 6 stars, I would! I moved to Ohio last year and couldn’t have chosen a better vet to take my dog to. Dr. Jacob is the absolute best! He clearly has a genuine sense of care and compassion for all animals. He answers all my questions honestly and it truly feels like he considers his patients as his own pets. The lodging/boarding here is also amazing! I don’t think my dog wanted to come home😄 Highly, highly recommend!

Samantha Ward
Samantha Ward
posted 2 weeks ago

I left my cat in the Tipp to tail resort area for over a week while I was out of the state and he loved it! It was also very reasonably priced and I was able to get a reservation easily. I would definitely take him again.

Click for the BBB Business Review of this Veterinarians in Tipp City OH