Training and Care — Tip Of The Week
Excerpt from Our New
Australian Shepherd Lover's Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care
It's important to socialize your puppy with a range of different types of people – tall men, short women, old people, children, everything you can think of. The more different types of people the pup meets the better. If your pup never meets a tall woman until he's two years old, he may find the meeting scary and end up with a lifelong fear of tall women (then again he may not – but you avoid these problems by preventing them with socialization).
It's not enough for your pup to just meet your family – invite as many friends around as you can in those first few weeks to meet your puppy. And most importantly, you want your pup to meet children of various different ages.
No one wants a dog who is aggressive towards children. Dogs who growl and snarl at kids are usually doing so out of fear. Kids may look cute and innocent to us (most of the time), but to a dog they can be quite intimidating – they're often loud and move quickly, making them seem unpredictable. They don't look like adults. So it's important to get your dog used to little humans when she's still a puppy.
Don't just introduce your pup to one or two kids. Ideally, you want her to meet a range of kids, from toddlers through to teenagers.
Be careful to keep the introductions under your control though. In particular, be careful with young kids who might try to pick your pup up and end up handling her roughly. This can be a bad experience for the pup and do more harm than good. All the introductions should be positive experiences.
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