Dogs who were not socialized constantly have things popping into their life that they have never seen before, which can be terrifying! Dogs aren’t able to tell us that they are scared with their words, so they bark, growl, or even bite. Socializing your pup early with lots of fun interactions can reduce their fear and create better behavior as they grow older.
Dogs who are happy and relaxed in public get to go in public! If your dog loves strangers and seeing dogs across the patio, he would probably enjoy grabbing dinner with you on a pet friendly patio or accompanying you to the beach on a sunny afternoon. Dogs who are socialized are much easier and more fun to have puppy dates with!
Just like in humans chronic stress can cause health issues in dogs. Our pups experience the same “fight or flight” feeling when they are scared that we do, the biggest difference is that we can rationalize our feelings and talk them out, dogs can’t. That means that without a proper way to alert people or get out of the situation they can live in a constant state of stress which could lead to chronic health issues. Your pup’s training and socialization is just as important for your dogs health as your dog’s nutrition, medical care, and grooming!
Socializing your pup is very bonding for you and them, they are learning that you will protect them and not put them in a bad situation. That trust can lead to and easier and more fun time training and a relaxed home life!
Marissa Sunny CPDT-KA is a behavior consultant and owner of local dog training company,Epiphany Dog Training.
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