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I recently adopted an adult dog that had not been socialized as a puppy. I don’t want him to be the cause of a Milwaukee dog bite. Is it too late to socialize him?

Many dog bites in Milwaukee are a result of how the dog was treated as a puppy and into adult hood. The actions of its owner, other animals, and strangers can either make the dog loving and gentle or difficult and unruly. That is why it is important to start the socialization process from a young age.

There are instances where a dog grows up and is not properly socialized. Sometimes adult dogs are rescued and adopted from unfortunate situations. For these dogs, it is not too late. They may take a little more time, patience and love to become properly socialized, but it can be done.

Some tips for socializing your adult dog are:

  • Use treats. Dogs love to be rewarded by having treats. Be sure to have plenty of treats during all of your socialization events. Reward-based methods are one of the best training methods for aggressive or fearful dogs.
  • Take it slowly. Don’t overwhelm your dog by trying to present too much too quickly. Start by inviting a few friends over, preferably ones who have dog experience, and let your dog warm up to them. Be sure to keep him on a leash. Feed him dog treats until he is relaxed around them.
  • Let him watch. Take the dog to a place where he can watch other dogs from afar. Feed him treats as long as the other dogs are in sight. Repeat this process as you get closer and closer to other dogs.
  • Stay calm and positive. It is important for you dog to see that you are having a good time with him. If the dog barks or growls, try not to react by yanking on the leash. This will actual teach your dog to be aggressive himself.

By socializing your dog you may prevent him from being the cause of a dog bite in Wisconsin. If you have been bitten by a dog yourself, it is important that you speak with a Wisconsin dog bite attorney at Hupy and Abraham. Call 800-800-5678 today for a free consultation.