VanMeveren Law Group September 2017

Socializing Your Favorite Furry Friend

The dog park. Dog parks offer wide-open spaces for play and getting to know other dogs. Keep in mind that not every dog park is the best place to start the socialization process. If you have a puppy, for instance, look for dog parks with a smaller fenced-off area just for younger, smaller dogs. Otherwise, you may want to wait until your pup has acclimated to the presence of other animals so she’s not overwhelmed by groups of other pooches. The classroom. You won’t find a better place to socialize than an obedience class. For puppies, obedience and training classes are an ideal place to socialize with other dogs while learning positive behavioral habits. However, these classes aren’t just for younger classmen. Many obedience schools offer classes for dogs past the puppy stage. The pet store. Many pet stores welcome dogs with open arms. They are a safe place to bring your pup to socialize with other dogs and people. The next time you make a trip to the pet store, consider bringing your favorite furry friend along for the ride.

HelpYourPupMakeNewFriends

A Salute to Freedom When you get a new puppy, or even an older dog, such as a rescue, you may need to take steps to socialize your new companion. Some dogs make friends easily, while others take a little work. With a little proactivity, you can help your pup get used to being around other dogs. Socialization is a great way to mitigate behavioral issues, both toward other dogs and people. Here are four ways to start your pup off on the right paw. The play date. Have a friend who also recently brought a new dog into the mix? Perfect! Scheduling play dates is a great way to get your canine acquainted with other dogs. It’s even better if your friend has a dog around the same age as your own, but that’s certainly not a requirement. Any opportunity to schedule a play date is a socializing opportunity you shouldn’t skip.

Wars are not won by a single person or species. In World War I, many animals served alongside human soldiers, though none was as celebrated as Sergeant Stubby of the 102nd Infantry Regiment. When the 102nd shipped out in October 1917, Private J. Robert Conroy smuggled Stubby onto the ship. It wasn’t until they disembarked in France that the commanding officer discovered him. Skeptical, at first, of the dog’s merit, a salute from Stubby convinced the officer to let the canine remain. The fearless dog accompanied the 102nd on numerous raids through no-man’s land, becoming an expert at finding wounded soldiers. Stubby participated in 17 battles, receiving medals and becoming the subject of newspaper stories. Sgt. Stubby returned home with Conroy as a hero. Presidents Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, and Calvin Coolidge all shook hands — paws? — with the brave canine. Not too shabby for a stray from Connecticut.

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