Here are some tips for socializing your Chihuahua with larger dogs:
Avoiding Dog Park Disaster
When in a dog park, it's best to begin on a leash for safety. Once your dog feels comfortable, you can let her off-leash in permitted areas.
If your Chihuahua hasn't socialized with others since his litter, start by introducing him to a small, calm dog. At the dog park, you have the advantage of working things out with other dog owners, and you'll likely find many pet owners who want to help you.
Allow the dogs to properly greet each other on the ground. Dogs have their own set of manners and socialization and sometimes it takes a minute before they know how to regard each other.
Remain near your Chihuahua to provide assistance when necessary.
Most dog trainers recommend introducing dogs on neutral territory, or areas not 'owned' or occupied by either dog. This can happen on a walk outside of the home. A walk also allows the dogs a chance to mentally focus on something else prior to the meeting.
Spay and Neuter
Consider spaying or neutering your Chihuahua. This can aid in overall good temperament and can also eliminate tension during a dog-to-dog introduction.
When two 'new friends' are unsupervised in one location, it's always best to crate them individually. This will prevent any fights or negative behaviors. It's also best practice for pet safety when you are out of the home.
Note: The author is not a professional dog trainer. Please consult a dog trainer or veterinarian prior to socializing your dog.
This post was originally published on Examiner.com as Chihuahua Examiner. Republished with permission of the author.