So, You've brought your Frenchie home and want to take him everywhere, but want to make sure you introduce him properly to all of the big wide world.
Follow our list below and please make sure your puppy has had all his vaccinations for communicable disease before taking him anywhere where other dogs and animals can go. If your puppy is small, please carry hand sanitizer and ask that anyone that wants to pet your Frenchie babe, sanitizes before doing so.
Socialization is a life-long desensitization process of exposing your puppy to every new sound, sight, and situation possible. You want eliminate any adverse reaction and have your dog view these occurrences as normal, and non-threatening, and non-exciting.
The ultimate goal of socialization is to be able to take your dog any place, any situation, and have him stay calm, relaxed and confident. Over-excitement, anxiety, hyperactivity are all unwanted reactions in a properly socialized dog.
How to Socialize Your Dog:
The very first step, regardless of whether your dog is a puppy or an adult dog you've acquired, is enrolling in obedience classes or acquire a personal trainer that focus on positive training methods. This will benefit dogs at any age, and are an important step in socialization and developing a bond between dog and you.
The Next Step:
Arm yourself with treats( frenchies love every type of treats!-no rawhide please) , and off you go. Take your dog out to walk the streets, let him experience cars driving by (safely on leash, of course), people walking past, and the noises of everyday life. Praise and reward any wanted reaction (such as sniffing, walking calmly, sitting politely) and ignore all undesirable reactions (jumping, leash pulling, barking, showing fear), while redirecting attention to yourself, and have him focus on something different.Talking to your pet constantly is actually very good for them and makes them better listeners and well rounded pups.
It is very important to remember to praise and reward as soon as the unwanted behavior stops, but also be very careful to not accidentally reward the unwanted as well. We follow the ignore rule, if your dog is barking and you want it to stop, you wait for the puppy to be quiet and then treat and reward for the quiet.
Take your dog with you everywhere. The ultimate goal of socialization is to have a dog you can take into any awkward, noisy, or crowded area, and he will still behave, and be calm, and relaxed. By continuing this throughout his life, your dog will gain confidence, and keep a steady head wherever he is.