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Dawn O Watson/CNBNews Contributor



SigningDogs are social animals. That means introducing humans and other animals is an important part of creating a well-rounded life for your dog. 

Take your dog to parks, on hiking trails, and to dog-friendly neighborhoods. Introduce him to lots of people and observe his interaction with them. Does he seem anxious? Is he panting or trembling, giving off warning growls? If so, go slowly and allow him to take his time in new situations. 

Never leave Fido alone with children. Some dogs become nervous around the chaos of active toddlers. Always reward episodes of calmness with lots of praise so that he knows it pleases you. 

If you take him shopping at a dog-friendly store put him in a harness and a six-foot leash. Never use a retractable leash because they do not offer control.  

Slowly build up Fido’s tolerance to noise and traffic until it no longer frightens him. If you take your time introducing him to new elements, he will be more likely to accept them. 

If you have questions about this or any dog-related issue please call or text 856.9818957 or email There is never a charge for non-contact help.


Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson

Brother of the Wolf LLC