Okay, so you like to be social. But does that mean your pooch has to be social? No. The last thing you want to do is have your dog learn to associate what should be happy places and people negatively. If you're having trouble socializing your dog, try consulting with a specialist or at the very least slowly ease her into a situation and not the other way around.
6. Forcing your dog to interact with dogs or people she clearly doesn’t like
Just like so many other social species, dogs have their favorite friends and their enemies. It is easy to see what other dogs — and people, for that matter — that a dog wants to hang out with and those with whom she’d rather not associate.
What is possibly even worse, is that their trust in you as a protective leader is eroded, and they have an even more negative association with a park, a certain dog or person, or a general social setting. So do your dog a favor: read the body language she gives you when she doesn’t want to be around certain other individuals and don’t force it.
Besides being sensitive to your doggy's comfort zone, there are other ways you can keep her happy and stress-free.
In fact, if you forget about this vital activity your dog is NOT happy about it. Fix that by heading on over to the next page!