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Is your dog too social?

An overly social dog, while often seen as friendly and outgoing, can face several challenges, including:

  1. Poor Impulse Control: Overly social dogs might struggle with impulse control, leading them to jump on people, dash through open doors, or fail to respond to commands when distracted by the prospect of social interactions.

  2. Inappropriate Greetings: These dogs might not understand that not every human or animal appreciates their level of enthusiasm, leading to uncomfortable or even risky encounters, especially with smaller children, elderly individuals, or less social animals.

  3. Overexcitement and Stress: High levels of social excitement can sometimes translate into stress for dogs, particularly in situations where they're unable to engage as they'd like. This can manifest as whining, pacing, or engaging in destructive behaviors.

  4. Difficulty in Training and Focus: Training an overly social dog can be challenging because their focus is often more on social interactions than on the trainer or the task at hand. This can slow down their learning process and make it difficult to teach them essential commands.

  5. Safety Concerns: An overly enthusiastic approach to meeting new friends can inadvertently lead to safety concerns. Dogs that don’t recognize boundaries might run off to greet new animals or people, potentially encountering traffic or getting lost.

Balancing social opportunities with training and structure is key to helping an overly social dog learn to manage their impulses and interact appropriately with others.

We can help you become more confident with your dog in social settings. Schedule a free consultation and we'll show you how!



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