LOS ANGELES, CA, Oct. 1, 2021 – As people return to work and readjust to their (new) normal routines, it is important to ease separation anxiety and promote socialization for dogs who were accustomed to lockdown. The expert dog trainers at Zoom Room explain to readers of Next Avenue why socialization is important for a dog and shares tips for positive reinforcement when tackling a dog’s aggressive behavior.
Socialization should really be done in the first four months of a dog’s life. All isn’t lost if this didn’t happen. It moves from socialization training to desensitization training now.
Dogs that go through socialization training have an easier time being around people and other animals. They learn how to interact in a positive way, which makes them less likely to bark excessively, lunge, growl or bite. Dogs that lack socialization skills may become anxious or fearful when they encounter new people, animals or situations, which can lead to aggression.
The Zoom Room experts offer the following tips for socializing your dog:
- Start with short periods of time away from your dog. This could be 10 minutes at first, and then gradually increase the time as your dog gets more comfortable. If you work from home, have someone take your dog for a walk during the day so they can get used to being away from you.
- Make sure your dog has plenty of toys, bones and chew toys to keep them occupied while you’re gone. A Kong toy filled with peanut butter is a good option.
- When you return home, ignore your dog for a few minutes. This will teach them that they don’t always have to be by your side and that you will come back. Then, give them lots of love and attention.
- If your dog is showing signs of separation anxiety, such as barking, whining or scratching at doors, contact a professional trainer for help.
“As people return to work and readjust to their (new) normal routines, it is important to ease separation anxiety and promote socialization for dogs who were accustomed to lockdown,” said Mark Van Wye, CEO of Zoom Room.
Zoom Room is the perfect place for dogs and their owners to socialize and learn together. With locations across the United States, Zoom Room offers dog training classes, socialization events, and retail products that emphasize positive reinforcement and human education. Zoom Room also gives back to the community by working closely with animal rescue and welfare organizations. Their Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps book is a best-seller for dog lovers everywhere.
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ABOUT ZOOM ROOM
Founded in 2007, Zoom Room® is a venture-backed and revolutionary indoor dog training gym with locations across the U.S. With an emphasis on socialization, positive reinforcement, human education and the value of interactive learning, the company aims to strengthen the bond and communication between dogs and their owners. Zoom Room’s key revenue streams include dog training classes, socialization events and retail products. Zoom Room celebrates responsible pet owners who love to socialize with their dogs and embrace positive dog training methods in a fun, friendly environment for working out with your dog. They are the authors of Puppy Training in 7 Easy Steps, the best-selling dog training book of 2020, and Ultimate Puppy Training for Kids. Rooted in the belief that it’s important to give back to the community, Zoom Room works closely with animal rescue and welfare organizations both locally and nationwide. Learn more at https://zoomroom.com/.