The key to a happy Briard is training him properly. The Briard is an intelligent dog, fearless warrior and defender of what is his (or what he considers to be his!) These dogs are working dogs and have long been an important part of the upper classes. Yet, if you want to have a well adjusted dog, it is essential for you to consider the socialization of the dog. If you are just bringing your Briard puppy home, now is the time to begin the process of socializing him so that he fits in well with the family and his new home.
The Key To Meeting The Family
The first time that the Briard comes to his new home, you can expect a bag of mixed emotions. He will be interested in you and his new housemates. He is likely to be leery of other dogs and pets until he gets to know them as being "friendly" living partners. The Briard is a defender of his property and his master. When he first realizes that there are others threatening that, he may react through loud barking or being intimidating, until he learns that it is okay for them to be there. When first brining the Briard home, plan for an introduction period where those in the home with him, humans as well as dogs, are introduced to him slowly and carefully, always giving him the ability to get to know who it is first.
The Importance Of Socialization
Because these dogs are defenders, it is very important for them to be socialized with other dogs and people if they are to be relaxed in the home environment. Do give them attention, they need it. They want to interact with you during your daily life and movements and this gives them a sense of purpose that they are craving. When socializing your dog, start off slow to allow them to adjust, remaining by their side. It takes some time and practice, but they will catch on to the process.
You should also avoid keeping your Briard locked up and alone. He needs physical stimulation as well as mental stimulation. If you do not train him to be a social animal, chances are he will become problematic in the home. They do need to be positively trained, enforcing good behaviors rather than punishment trained.
Socializing your Briard takes some time and repetition, but the dogs are very intelligent and very willing to do what their masters want them to do. In that, they are willing to become loving members of your family if you dedicate the time to helping them to become just that. Invest time in the Briard and he'll fit well within your family unit.