Is Your Dog Anti-Social?

by Nancy Boland

When a dog is anti-social, it can lead to various problems. How can you tell if your dog is well socialised or not? Here are a few things to look out for.

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These are the dogs that nudge humans to beg for food during meal time, or try to “herd” people or other pets in the house by nudging or pushing them out of the way. They can also jump on to people who come into the house in an attempt to assert their dominance.

To eradicate this behaviour correct your dog and set some firm boundaries. When your dog tries to invade your space and create dominance, gently push them away so to let them know whose boss.

Pulling On The Lead

If your dog is constantly pulling on their lead, they are not getting the leadership they require from you as the owner. To combat this behaviour during walks remember to stay calm and assertive and not let your dog get out in front. Staying calm and neutral will inspire the same mood in your dog, leading to a much less stressful and more pleasurable walk for the pair of you.

Avoidance

At the opposite end of the spectrum is the dog that tries to avoid everyone, or at least unfamiliar people or animals. Not every dog that runs away from something is anti-social — even the most happy go lucky dog can become anxious and afraid at the sound of an unfamiliar loud noise like fireworks, for example. However, the dog that reacts this way on a regular, day to day basis is more likely to be displaying antisocial behaviour.

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Timid dogs can often to harder to retrain than aggressive ones but it begins with getting your dog to trust you as the boss and person is charge. Re-training a timid dog takes patience; understanding and persistence as they need to learn to trust again, but with time will eventually become the ultimate reward.

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