Stay away from these 3 socialization mistakes in order to maintain trust with your dog!

How do you socialize your dog? Are you the type to force your friend to face their fears? What about bringing them into crowded dog parks to expose them to other dogs?

Have you been wishing for a better way to socialize? One that actually works and doesn’t stress out your dog or break their trust?

Today on Enlightened By Dogs, Kathy is busting through 3 socialization myths that leave you and your dog in worse shape than when you started! Tune in and learn why these socialization mistakes are so damaging, and how avoiding them at all costs will lead to a much stronger bond with your four legged family members!

Worried you might be doing one of these things? Then it’s time to click play, and find out! If you’re not, then great! But if you are, now is your chance to stop what you’re doing to avoid these common socialization mistakes, learn a better way, and begin building a deep, trusting connection with your dog!

In This Episode:

  • Why do we go about socializing our dogs at all.
  • Myth #1: Exposure is not positive socialization.
  • When do we need to take extra care of the experiences our dogs have?
  • Myth #2: Flooding is not positive socialization.
  • How do you build trust, confidence and resiliency within you and your dog?
  • Pressure to conform is not positive socialization.


“Socialization should consist of introducing your dog, in a respectful and mindful way, to a variety of new circumstances that result in a positive experience for your dog.”

“Exposure is not positive socialization”

“We want to give our dogs the freedom to choose”

“Honor each dog as unique and beautiful”

“Let’s not put our dogs into compromising positions where they’re not feeling safe, calm and happy”

“Positive and proper socialization means that we honor our dogs”

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