One of the most crucial things you can do for your dog when you are training is to ‘socialise’ him. This basically means that you will teach him to interact with other dogs as well as other animals and people. This is absolutely vital to making sure you have a contended pup who is comfortable in all situations and won’t cause you any problems with aggression or nervousness as he grows up.
There are a few things that can affect this process, and which you should bear in mind when you are trying to train your pup; its species is an important factor, as is its health, environment growing up and past experiences. It’s possible that if your puppy has had a bad experience, he will be more difficult to socialise and problems with nervousness may continue to affect him through adulthood. There are things you can do though, even with older dogs, to prevent it being an issue.
If your dog is struggling you should remember that he will look to you to provide comfort. Because of this you should remain confident and not react by mollycoddling or reacting in fear. You should continue to expose your dog to whatever has made him react fearfully, but gradually and at a distance. The stimuli can then be increased as your dog becomes desensitized to it. Remember to treat your dog for not reacting or, if he does, when he has recovered.
Socialisation is a long and drawn out process which doesn’t really end until your dog reaches sexual maturity. Carry on introducing him to new situations, people and environments to make sure that he becomes well rounded and eliminate nervousness, develop your own program and see how things go. If you find that you are still having problems with nervousness or aggression, we at Dog School can help. We offer our dog training in Surrey to help you through any training difficulties you may have and ensure a happy relationship between you and your dog.