Do cattle dogs like other dogs? Essential Tips

Socializing a Young Heeler

The best time to begin introducing your cattle dog to other dogs is between 8 to 12 weeks of age, after they have received their vaccinations.

Keep in mind, too much interaction can become an issue as well. Too much socialization may stress your heeler and may lead to different issues in the future. Give your ACD puppy time to adapt to different settings, environments, and companions.

The best way to socialize your Heeler is through habituation; the process of exposing him/her to different things on a regular basis so she/he becomes more accustomed to the world around them. Here are some ways to socialize your cattle dog:

  • Expose your puppy to a variety of different objects. This can range from foods, to household items, and toys. A puppy is always curious and yearning to learn. They usually like to inspect everything around them.
  • Expose your puppy to different textures. This includes, but is not limited to, carpets, tiling, grass, snow, cement, etc.
  • Expose your puppy to travel. If they seldom travel in cars at a young age, they can be prone to carsickness when they get older.
  • Expose your puppy to different types of people. Expose your puppy to people of different ages and characters. This allows them to experience and come to accept anybody and everybody. For example, a younger child may be more aggressive or excited when interacting with your Heeler, while a senior will be calmer.
  • Most importantly, expose your puppy to other animals or pets. A good way to expose your Heeler puppy to other animals is through daycare, playdates, or classes. This gives them the opportunity to learn to interact with other animals, which will inevitably be a common occurrence in the future.
  • In order to make these interactions effective, remember by rewarding your puppy. By giving them physical treats or verbal praises, they learn that they are doing the correct behavior.

    The building blocks of Scout’s dog reactivity

    It’s impossible to know for certain what caused Scout’s dog reactivity. At our lowest points, I’ve spent hours lying awake at night wishing I could just ask her myself.

    But while I might never know exactly what goes on in her little brain and body, a few things definitely set her up with a predisposition to reactive behavior.

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    Blue Heelers can get along fine with other dogs and are great family dogs, but they can also be jealous.

    They tend to form a close bond with one person and can act jealous when that person shows affection toward other pets or people.

    Proper training and socialization can help them become more comfortable with shared affection.

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