Socializing your dog with other people and animals is very important. When a dog is socialized and knows how to act when someone they may not be used to is around, it is a safer and more comfortable situation for everyone involved.
Some people may not bring their dog around strangers or infrequent visitors much. However, even if you don’t experience regular socializing your dog should still know how to behave around people are animals he or she may not be used to. Keeping your dog separated from society is difficult and unhealthy. There are bound to be times where your dog is exposed to someone unfamiliar, such as on a walk, when a visitor comes, or at the vet. Dogs need socialization to avoid depression and to stay healthy.
Yes, dogs can become depressed! Many people may not know that depression can be present in animals. Dogs typically become depressed when they are not given enough love and affection or are not getting the level of physical activity they need. However, depression in dogs is 100% avoidable.
Why did you bring a dog into your home? So, you can love it and it can love you! The easiest ways to keep your pup happy are to make sure he’s well cared for through a balanced diet, proper grooming, and regular vet visits. You also need to show your dog lots of love. Give him pats, play with him, and talk to him! Talking to your dog may seem silly, but it can help build a bond with your dog and show him love. When you get home from work or school, talk about your day with your dog. He will be happy because he’s getting your attention, and it can help you, too! All of these can prevent depression in dogs, but so can socialization.
Taking your dog to the pet store when you’re picking up his food or taking him to the dog park, so he can let loose and have fun can have a large difference on his happiness, and therefore his health.
Socialization can also prevent dangerous incidents from occurring. If your dog is not properly socialized and you take him on a walk and someone walks by, or an animal approaches, it can lead to your dog slipping his leash or attacking someone. Dangerous situations can occur even if your dog is not normally aggressive.
Regular exposure to other people and animals can ensure your dog’s safety in many situations.
Pack Leader K9 Academy is offering group training classes, which can not only help with socialization, but can also help your dog with obedience and build a stronger bond with you and him. However, not matter how you get your socialization in, it is important.
Contact us today for more information with how you and your dog can get involved with group training classes!