Socializing your Labrador Retriever will help him or her learn to become comfortable with their everyday environment and surroundings. Your Lab will become familiar with a variety of surroundings including noises, people, cars, kids, sights, scents and other animals in the neighborhood. As a dog owner you will want to expose your Labrador Retriever to his or her new environment immediately upon arriving home. There are a variety of steps listed below that will help guide you on your journey of socializing your dog.
Labrador Retrievers are friendly, sweet and kind. When they are socialized from a young age they will surely thrive in their environment. As a dog owner you will want to be patient during socialization training. There are moments when your Labrador Retriever may feel overwhelmed or fearful. If this happens, slowly remove your pup from the environment and bring him or her to a safe location where they can feel calm again.
Beware of over exposure. This happens when pet parents get too excited about socializing their Lab and they do expose their dog to a large amount of situations in a quick time frame. You will always want to start socialization at home and work your way out of the house. This is easily done by taking your Labrador Retriever pup for a walk around the neighborhood or to specific destinations that you will be frequently visiting throughout his or her lifetime. You will then want to continue to expand your pup’s exposure gradually by adding a new area every three days or at least once a week. Socialize your Labrador Retriever and you will have a well-balanced dog that enjoys life in almost any environment.
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