A hug…? A kiss…? Or a handshake…?

When a dog has good social skills they respect personal space,  use behaviours to let other dog’s know that they are not a threat and allow other dogs to have a choice of whether to interact or not. Having good social skills is key to a peaceful and respectful canine community.

Good manners and social skills come naturally to some individuals while others are more challenged, awkward or disinhibited. Social skills are learnt through experience.  The best way for dogs to learn how to speak ‘dog’ is from each other and not every dog has had the benefit of a wide social education early in life. Putting a socially inexperienced dog in a busy social arena can set them up to fail if the message they get from the other dogs is constantly negative.  Set your dog up for success by:

  1. Being fussy about who your dog socialises with;
  2. Keeping social greetings brief;
  3. Avoiding overcrowded parks;
  4. Make walks family time – focus on quality time with your dog;
  5. Recognise when your dog’s dance card is full, they may not want any new friends and that is A-OK;
  6. Address social problems early.

Please also visit and utilise the wonderful resources provided by Lili Chin in collaboration with Laura London and Sara Reusche. Dogs my dog love other dogs


Have fun with your dog!


The Team at Kalmpets

About Dr Kate

Perth vet and proprietor of Kalmpets Animal Behaviour Centre and Dog Day Care, Dr Kate Lindsey completed a first class honours degree in zoology and neuroscience at UWA, followed by a veterinary degree with first class honours, at Murdoch. Since graduating in 2005, Dr Kate has worked as a vet in small animal practices around Perth. As her zoological roots show, she has always had an interest in animal behaviour. Dr Kate successfully completed a post-graduate program in veterinary behaviour medicine and was admitted as a member of The Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Animal Behaviour in 2012. She is a qualified veterinarian behaviourist. Dr Kate established Kalmpets in 2012, Western Australia’s only sole focus mobile vet behaviour practice that delivered comprehensive solutions to improve behaviour problems in dogs, cats and pets.

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