Encounter training with the dog: make dogs known

Would you like your dog to get to know a fellow member of their circle of friends and play with him? Targeted encounter training with the two dogs can help the two get closer to each other without stress and at best become close friends, even if there may have been problems between the two dogs beforehand. "Hey, you seem familiar to me somehow. Let's play a round!" - Encounter training for dogs can work miracles - Shutterstock / Bildagentur Zoonar GmbH

Dogs love to play with others, especially when they know each other well and trust each other. However, adult dogs do not play with everyone - sometimes the cold mustaches can be very picky. A real dog friendship with stock lasts best if the dog owners of the two fur noses make a strategic effort so that the two get to know each other in a stress-free and positive manner. The following tips also help if your dog generally has difficulty getting to know other wuffs.

Encounter training with the dog starts over the nose

While people shake hands and talk to each other, dogs get to know each other through sniffing and smell and pheromone information. If you want to carefully introduce dogs to one another, you should arrange walks together with the owner of the other dog. If you want to take it very slowly, you shouldn't walk next to each other, but at a certain distance behind each other. Both dogs are then on a leash and sniff the urine tags of the other dog. So the four-legged friends learn a lot about each other without having looked into each other's eyes. Important: Change the order or direction of the walk so that both dogs can sniff each other's urine tags.

The next step: arouse interest

After the two future friends have already been allowed to sniff indirectly, you can now take the next step. Arrange a meeting with the other dog or its owner on a large meadow. There both parties run past each other in large arches on a loose line, stroll towards each other a few times, then turn off again and wind past each other. There is still no real contact. The dogs can get used to the others and at best become a little curious about the others. If you have done this encounter training and the common leash runs a couple of times, both dogs will certainly be more relaxed in dealing with each other.

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Cast off! Finally it can be played

In the last step, after both have already got to know each other indirectly, let go of the leads for the dog game. Both dogs can now sniff properly, get in touch and sound out the other's playing behavior. An exuberant game does not always come about directly, but what is not can still be. In any case, do not force two dogs to play together - like people, not everyone gets along with everyone. However, face-to-face training can help dogs get to know each other in the best conditions, making a dog fight less likely.