Monday, February 17, 2014

PEDs: Active vs. Passive Socialization

Socialization can be lumped into 2 categories: active and passive.

Active socialization includes that in which the dogs actually meet and play together, like social hour or play dates.  Passive socialization is where dogs are around each other, but do not actually interact.

Both types are a great option (and are great when used in conjunction!), although they serve two entirely different purposes.  Active socialization teaches dogs how to interact and identify social cues, while passive socialization allows dogs to learn to be comfortable around each other while focusing on their handlers.

What types of socialization does your dog receive?


  1. Being a day care boy, Julius has lots of active socialization while Ray gets his through walks and shopping which is more passive socialization.

  2. Boomer and Dottie are currently working on passive socialization (they have some issues).

  3. Good points! We practice both every day. We go on neighborhood walks to exercise Zoey since she can't hike with us. I do not let them greet other dogs and I expect Kaya and Norman to stay in a heel position and keep their attention on me while other dogs are present.

    We also go hiking or to the park where Kaya & Norman are off leash and meet other dogs. They usually just exchange sniffs and carry on but sometimes they find a good playmate:)

  4. So interesting!!! I feel so much more confident with passive (with my boys) but I know that Jake yearns for active -- yet he is not so good at it! Your walk posts always inspire me!