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Socializing the Adult Dog

Socializing adult dogs

“I need to socialize my three-year-old adopted dog…how do I do that?”

AHS trainers hear this question frequently, for understandable reasons.  Adopters want to give their dogs the fullest life possible, and many worry that their dog will “miss out” if they are not provided ample play opportunities.  The reality, though, is that adult dogs can lead a full life even without dog parks or off-leash play.  This article is intended to shed light on specific considerations for socializing adult dogs.

Understanding Dog Tolerance in Pit Bulls

Understanding dog tolerance in pit bulls

When considering the pros and cons of adopting a pit bull, most people are most urgently – and understandably – concerned about human aggression.  They understand that dog aggression can be an issue, given the breed’s history, but believe that proper socialization and training will prevent trouble from developing.  The reality is more complicated:  understanding it is absolutely crucial to living safely and successfully with a pit bull.

Continuing Socialization for the Adolescent Dog

Continuing socialization for the adolescent dog

Dog owners all over the world know it:  socialization is indispensable.  Exposing your young puppy to new sights and sounds every day is not only possible, but essential in raising a behaviorally healthy dog.  Though a dog’s sensitive period of socialization typically ends around 4-5 months, owners must continue their good work for at least the first year (though, ideally, for the rest of the dog’s life!).  Failing to do so can actually undo the progress made in those critical early weeks.  

Managing Mouthing and Chewing in Young Dogs

Managing mouthing and chewing in young dogs

Let’s start with definitions:  a mouthing dog is one who routinely grabs at people (their clothes and limbs) with his mouth without causing injury.  Such behavior often occurs during play, during exercise and whenever he is overly excited.  While it does not typically indicate aggression, it is certainly an inappropriate behavior that needs attention.  

Adjusting to Puppyhood Again

“What Have I Done?”
Adjusting to Puppyhood Again

“I completely forgot what all this was like.”

Two Puppies - Don't Do It!

Twice the joy or double trouble?

Why one puppy is all you need

There are lots of reasons why people consider bringing home two puppies instead of one:  maybe that one in the corner looked sad and alone, maybe your kids each picked a different pup, maybe you thought the two pups would keep each other company (and hopefully tire each other out!).  In reality, two puppies are twice the work, twice the responsibility and – all too often – twice the heartbreak.  Please consider the following before bringing home more than one puppy:

Grooming Tips for Dogs

Grooming tips for dogs

Just as humans require good grooming habits, so do our dogs. Besides being a healthy habit for our dogs, grooming is an important part of the relationship we have with them. Regular grooming sessions are beneficial because they:  

Use of Motivation in Training

Motivation, restraint, and punishment  in dog training


  • Puppies, as well as adult dogs, will assess any situation and engage in behaviors that pay off from their perspective. If a puppy has several options, the one with the greatest benefit will be chosen. Acts that are rewarded will tend to be repeated; those that aren’t will disappear.
  • Dogs are very social animals, thus attention and other forms of social interaction with people are powerful rewards.

Sheltering Your Dog

Sheltering your dog

Dogs are highly social animals, and the Animal Humane Society hopes you and your dog will achieve that special closeness that comes from sharing your home and many hours together. But we recognize that there are a family member with allergies...where you may choose to keep an "outdoor dog". If so, Minnesota Law is quite specific about how your pet must be sheltered.  

Minnesota statute 343.40, subdivision 2

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