"One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why."
Benefits of Socialization to Your Pup!
Socializing your pup with other dogs is the best way to provide them with the skills they need to cope with new situations on their own, as well as reduce their stress levels, which is beneficial to their overall health. Socialization is how dogs learn to interact with people, as well as other dogs and animals, and a dog that has had a positive socializing experience will treat these others positively too!
It's particularly helpful to start socialization while your dog is eight to twelve weeks old: in other words, still a puppy. Puppies that have been socialized are better at handling new experiences, friendlier, and less unpredictable than dogs that have not experienced socialization. Dogs with limited past interaction are usually very fearful of new circumstances, and this fear can cause many behavioral and health problems. Furthermore, it may even lead to future hostile interactions with animals and humans.
However, there are tons of ways to encourage healthy socialization for your pet! One way is through an obedience class that focuses on interaction with new people and pets. You can even
expose them to new experiences and scenarios from a young age, so they are immediately accustomed to new situations. For example, take them to a local park, or on a nature trail. Another fun idea is to throw a puppy party, where your puppy can interact with a few of your friends and other small dogs while in the comfort of your own home or in a neutral space!
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