Socializing a Puppy 2: Meeting Adult Dogs | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

Socializing a Puppy 2: Meeting Adult Dogs | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

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4BaYwbnQp8Q Allowing your puppy to meet and greet other
dogs, allows your puppy to build up a language of communication with those other dogs. It’s
really important now to not only socialize your puppy with other puppies, but with adult
dogs too. And, again, I do this on the leash. I’m using my dog Sadie here. It’s really interesting,
because when Sadie sniffed just then, she was sniffing were Mojo had toilted. So she
was getting information about him before she even met him. Again, you can see, that they’re
greeting each first by sniffing each other around the face, and then Sadie wanted to
get information about Mojo by sniffing his behind. All the time, these dogs are picking
up information about each other. Mojo is giving Sadie a really nice calming signal, just lying
down, saying “Hey, I’m no threat. Don’t be a threat to me.” Sadie is a real ground sniffer.
She gets a lot of her information about her world by sniffing on the ground around her.
This is especially important if you’ve got a dog that’s nervous of greeting other dogs.
If you just have your dog in an area, sniffing where that other dog that you want it to greet
has been, that means that your dog is already getting information about the other dog that
they’re going to greet. Again, Joyce and I are keeping the leashes very, very relaxed.
I wouldn’t do this kind of greeting with extendable leashes or really, really long leashes — I
think a 4 to 6 foot leash is enough, because you don’t want to get those leashes tangled.
The longer they are the more tangled they’re gonna get. I think we can get to the point
now where we can let them both off. Good. This is nice now, because Sadie is really
investigating Mojo. Now they’re going nose to nose. Mojo is giving submission. This was
really good, because Mojo was going on his back, submitting. But see how he wasn’t being
forced by Sadie. He did it under his own volition, and he did it just to tell her “I’m no threat
to you. Please don’t be a threat to me” by the showing the most vulnerable parts of him,
which is his stomach. And Sadie then sniffed him. She was wanting, again, to get more information
about him. You’ll find that with older dogs, and Sadie’s a pretty old dog, she’s about
11-years-old now, that you’ll find that puppies tend to follow older dogs around. And in a
way it’s nice, because Sadie is a pretty laid back dog, and she’s also giving him signals
and teaching him. So, she’s also telling him that she’s no threat by turning her head away,
averting her eyes, walking away from him. But she’s also allowing him to be close to
her. And you need a good teacher like this. I think it’s really important that puppies
don’t just get to socialize with other puppies, but that they also get to socialize with older
dogs that can teach them lessons. If your dog does not get important socialization,
your dog will never know how to interact appropriately with other dogs. So socialization like this
is so important. If you didn’t do anything else with your dog, socialization is the most
important thing to do, because it sets your puppy up for a lifetime of being able to cope
with other dogs coming into its area, greeting other dogs, hanging out with other dogs, going
to doggy daycare, going on walks with other dogs, having other dogs into their home on
their territory. If you do not socialize a puppy before it’s 16- -weeks-old, in general,
what you’ll have find is that puppy doesn’t learn canine language, and it becomes much
harder for that puppy to be able to greet other dogs. If you can socialize your puppy
to other dogs and other puppies before 16-weeks-old, and that puppy has great experiences, that
is going to be the most important lesson that your puppy can learn. And that’s how you socialize
your puppy, positively. I’m Victoria Stilwell for eHow Pets.

43 thoughts on “Socializing a Puppy 2: Meeting Adult Dogs | Teacher’s Pet With Victoria Stilwell

  • CEO Post author

    What kind of dog is Mojo?

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  • quidditchcapn10 Post author

    Aww Sadie 🙂

  • ebonypetIce1 Post author

    i like mojo

  • ebonypetIce1 Post author

    i like Sadie too

  • mara mma Post author

    Im getting a yorkie and she likes to get pampered should i let her get what she wants or should i be the boss

  • polarcub102 Post author

    My puppy ALWAYS barks at other dogs. Whether they are small, medium, and big dogs. But my puppy (named Charlie a terrier/chihuahua mix) LOVES people. Cause people cant resit Charlie. 😛 And sometimes he will roll over to show he wants a tummy rub! XD

  • runawaycat Post author

    I adopted my dog from a shelter and they said he was around 2 years old. I don't think his previous owners socialized him well because seeing other dogs make his hackles raise and he barks like crazy. Any advice on how to socialize adult dogs that have been previously unsocialized to dogs? He likes people well enough but he just hates other dogs especially if they get near me like at a park.

  • Naser Amara Post author

    great video watching it in hd its so "WOW"
    cute puppies 😀 im gonna buy one soon labrador

  • TheMoogoescow Post author

    From watching Victoria over the years I've learned that you need patience when working with dogs that have social issues. Have your dog and another passive dog in a wide open area, perferably inside. Have them at a good distance and slowly bring them closer and praise your dog for good behavior(Also when he looks at the dog and doesn't react). If he starts to react remove him from the room till he calms down and repeat the process. When he is comfortable with one dog repeat with more dogs.

  • Yellie Post author

    if your puppy doesnt get socialization before 16 weeks of age, is it hopeless?

  • Alex Germanotta Post author

    you can always socialize a dog no matter how old

  • Alexandra Rodriguez Post author

    Is Sadie overweight? Because I thought Victoria hates how owners let their dogs get overweight.

  • Savannah House Post author

    A lot of retrievers are actually just shaped like that, believe it or not.

  • Al Mamun Post author

    Movies of this nature help make Youtube fun. I fritter away a cart load of time doing this.

    However a great deal of people today are slowly but surely KILLING their pet dogs!!! The garbage companies insert into pet food generates cancerous cells and tends to make family dogs pass away young.. To conserve your pet's life look for Double Life Dog Diet (Try looking in Google.) It's what I have done.

  • Anna Wilson Post author

    Q: a dog who gets exited and plays a bit rough, needs to learn to be with a puppy of our friends. The puppy can also be a rough – biting face/legs of my dog when she wants to play. My dog is patient, but when he's trying to rest she starts again, and when the puppy is trying to rest he might start her up… Plus he sometimes humps other dogs when playing.The rule now is to remove him from the room and wait until he's calmer. Shall I also just separate the dogs when the playing gets too rough?

  • Donna Dowling Post author

    Q: I have a 9 month old male gsd and i have a 11 week old felmal gsd. it has been difficult with there meeting. he just wants to pounce on her. i am afraid he is going to hurt her. I keep him on a lead and is always correcting him. but he just doesn't quit. plz anything that will help.

  • Cindy Martinez Post author

    I have a 6 months old minpin who is VERY playful, he throws his paws up to other dogs faces and I'm afraid these dogs may get annoyed by him and bite him. Is this acceptable behavior on my dogs behalf?

  • Евгений Обруков Post author

    Good, really good
    See my video

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  • geeklysheek Post author

    my puppy is 6 months old, maltese and ive been trying to socialize her with other puppy's and dogs and every time I would ither she would groul or bark at the dog/puppy or she would bark at them and then be scared and shes only been nice to one dog "Patrick" that's apparently her "boyfriend" but idk what to do because theres lots of dogs in the neighbor hood and she gets a bad reputation

  • Andrea Patane Post author

    How long does it take to get a dog to socialize with puppies or older dogs?

  • Natali Montenegro Post author

    Does this apply to the puppies siblings?

  • witchMatus Post author

    Is that puppy a double Merle? :((((((((((

  • witchMatus Post author

    Find them. What if there is no other children for your kid to meet? What if you cannon walk with your dog or feed him properly? Make an efforts.

  • Charizarzar Post author

    Puppy training classes. Expensive but if there's no way of meeting other puppies it's a good idea.

  • MrJalesi Post author

    There's more then one gene that causes a lot of white in a dog. o.0 That dog doesn't even have the right base color for merle to show.

  • Michaela Mitkoudi Post author

    hmm I have a 2 years old dog which Have a problem with socialization with other dogs … he is a little bit aggressive to big dogs because he is small … I have this dog from 3 months …. In my neighborhood we haven't dogs …. so when some other dog-without boss – approached us I was totally in panic . I was took him in my arms … I think this is why he have this socialization problem … I'm so scared if some dog bite him :S what can I do , to walk with safety and no stress ?? :S

  • shadowwolfalchemist1 Post author

    I may be getting a Papillon puppy soon and I already have a nine year old English Mastiff. He's not aggressive, but because of his size he intimidates easily even if he's just coming up to say hi and investigate. How should I go about introducing them so that the Papillon puppy wont be scared of approaching my Mastiff?

  • Eric T Post author

    my puppy play bites my other dog qhich makes my other dog mad. help 

  • Mokujin Post author

    Well, fuck. If my shiba pup rolled on his back and did nothing I wouldn't be looking up puppy socialization videos. Lol

  • ImElliot Post author

    My little puppy plays with a neighbors dog that is around 4 years old and it's the best thing ever. The other dog actually finds away out of his garden just to come down and see the puppy, if the pup is sleeping in the cage and he comes in the house he just sits and cry's looking at him Is that normal behavior? Also it doesn't matter that he come in the house it's a real friendly dog that came into the house alot before we had the pup  Also worth noting that both dogs actually have the same mother

  • Aldrin Tamayo Post author

    my vet said don't let my puppy have any other contact with other dogs till she gets all her shots, which will be at 16 weeks. what should i do?

  • Car Seat Kellie Post author

    I need some help. We just brought out 6 month old terrier mix puppy home on Thursday. His name at the shelter was Chilly because he was so "chill". Happy, as we now call him, is true to his old name. HOWEVER- He does not like dogs bigger than him. He barks, A LOT! We brought him to my mother in laws who has an older lab and our dog Happy growled a barked any time he saw her. Help! I'm a first time dog owner and I want to do things right so we have a friendly little guy!

  • Jim Post author

    Can someone please help me? I got a shelter pet who is now 16 weeks and he has some problems meeting other dogs.  Normally he barks so much and pulls that no one even thinks about letting him play.  He gets really worked up when he sees other dogs when I take him for walks in the park.  One person let his pug come up and meet him.. once I just like kept him in place and let the pug come up they had a smell and then we went off leash in the park and they had a blast.  He LOVES his kitty brother.  He was BFF's w/ him after like 2 days they were washing each other.  How do I get my dog to stop and get calm to meet other dogs? I've tried a lot of methods and nothing seems to work.  I really want my dog to be able to be social and not go crazy when he sees other dogs.  I'm being patient as I don't know what kind of life he had before he got to me.  If anyone has some good solid advice on what I can do I'd be so grateful.  He's doing pretty well on other things like commands eating times etc

  • dognasticslover6 Post author

    what do u do if the old dog i teritorial

  • Wes Alvarez Post author

    I have a 10 month Jack Russell (Louie) and a 2 month old Doberman(Lola). Louie is really good with all types of dogs but of course he's a Jack so he's super hyper and Lola doesn't really like it she sniffs but when she's had to much she snaps on him and over powers Louie to where he is on his back. Is this normal and what are somethings I should expect having a older smaller dog and a bigger puppy?

  • Kim Dainty Post author

    I have a 15 week old staff x english bull terrier boy and when he meets a new adult or puppy he sniffs for all of about 5 secs then he is straight into trying to jump on them and paw thier face. Can you do a video on the best way to introduce a boisterous puppy to other dogs? Worried he will get into trouble as he doesn't seem to care how big the other dog is.

  • Solar Post author

    This is very educating! My puppy and I will have such a good time, thanks!!

  • Elli Post author

    How would you introduce young puppy to a bit older puppy? Or how would you introduce a quite evil dog to a puppy?

  • pochi586 Post author

    since this video popped up before the others, it would help to indicate which one is the puppy at the beginning

  • Christian Hazell Post author

    My friends dog is a chocolate lab and her old name was sniff but now her name is cookie but she sniffs a-lot lot lot

  • Patricia Boldy Post author

    how do you stop a 6 month puppy constantly bullying 4 year old smaller dog.

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