Undersocialized Dog

How to Help 
Adopting an under-socialized dog can be an extremely rewarding experience, although in the beginning it might be challenging for him to trust you. If you are willing to be kind, patient, and gentle with him, you may be the first humans your dog learns to trust.

What should I expect
As excited as you are to share your daily routines, try to remember a few important points. An under-socialized dog may:

  • Be afraid of stairs
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  • Fear going outside
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  • Snap or bite out of fear
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  • Be fearful of people or being handled
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  • Experience confusion playing with toys
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  • Have a difficult time walking on a leash

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What do I do when I bring the dog home
Safety is an important first step for an under-socialized dog. Make sure you have some items ready:

  • Long leash for walks and exploration
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  • A comfortable place for him to settle in
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  • A harness or collar that fits well with an ID tag
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  • Baby gates to protect access to stairs or unsafe areas

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How do I adjust an under-socialized dog to our family routine
Recognizing that you are his source of food will help an under-socialized dog learn to trust you and your family. Try to hand-feed him while he adjusts to his new routine. It will also help you to bond with each other and help him learn how to trust humans.

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How do I socialize 
Family rooms and kitchens are excellent areas for your dog to start observing the hustle and bustle of living in a new home. Set up an exercise pen to enable your dog to see what’s going on and still feel safe. He may feel more comfortable in his crate, but it is crucial not to let him stay in it all the time. While you don’t want to remove the safe spot entirely, you don’t want your dog to hide all the time either.
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