By Saro Boghozian, Expert Family Dog Trainer

Many dog owners ask me how to socialize dogs with objects, dogs and people.

The first thing you need to do is to create a calm situation in order for your dog to be able to take in the information. This means putting your dog in a sit and stay position using obedience training. Once the dog is under your control you can let the dog to do its job, socializing, whether it is by looking, touching or just sniffing.

The dog can determine and choose which method to use and let them make that judgment. Don’t force them to do what you want them to do.

This also applies to socialization with other dogs. You don’t need to force a dog to be face to face with other dogs in order to socialize. They can sniff from far and find out tons of information and decide whether to approach the dog or not.

Here in this photo sequence, Harvey demonstrates how to socialize with an object. In this case a statue.

Harvey the Beagle

Harvey the Beagle

harvey the Beagle

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]https://www.jonahsark.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/saro-boghozian.jpg[/author_image] [author_info] Saro received his expert dog trainer certification from The College of Canine Behavioural Science and is also a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers and does volunteer behaviour consultation with a number of dog rescue organizations. Saro’s play, praise and reward training classes are always in high demand as are his private one-on-one training sessions. Rather than using treats or gimmicks like shock collars, Saro’s training methods help owners understand how to use a dog’s natural intelligence to achieve success. [/author_info] [/author]