Time for Socialization
Socializing your doodle is an important factor of owning him/her, perhaps even more so than training them to understand basic obedience cues. By socializing your dood properly, you are teaching him/her that the people, animals and objects he/she encounters on a daily basis pose no threat of any kind, in fact, these things can be fun. At the same time, a traumatic experience can have a potentially lasting effect.
A great time for socialization is during your walks around the neighborhood. Before leaving your home, grab several treats and store them away in a treat pouch or pocket.
When a stranger approaches, have your dog sit next to you, then hand the person some treats. Ask the person to slowly approach your dog and give the dog a few treats from their open hand and at the dog’s level.
Praise the dog lavishly for taking the treats. Continue your walk and repeat the above scenario for each person you come across, making sure the dog sits before receiving the treat.
Giving your dog food treats around unfamiliar people, will help build a positive association to approaching humans. The dog will soon learn, “People are fun. When a person comes, I get a treat.”
Work on socializing your dog to different people, based on age, gender, race, clothing accessories, etc. starting with the least threatening.
By incorporating obedience cues with proper socialization, your dog should grow up to be a well-mannered member of the family.