The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

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Dog socializing is like teaching a person the proper etiquette on how to meet new people and interact with them. This article explains why it's so important for a well-mannered dog.

What is dog socializing?

Socializing your dog is letting it get to know and be at ease with its environment which includes other people, dogs and other animals. It can be compared with teaching a person the proper etiquette on how to meet new people and interact with them.

Dogs Greeting People

Imagine this scenario: you’re visiting a friend or relative’s house but you are scared to get in because their dog is barking like crazy. Either it is behaving aggressively or is so excited that it’s jumping all over you. You can hardly conduct a proper conversation with your hosts because of the dog. Does this scene sound familiar? These types of dogs have not been taught to socialize.

Teaching your dog to be comfortable around people and animals is important, especially if you like to invite friends over or if you want to take your dog to a public place, such as the park.

Some Dogs Focus on Physical Attributes

Some dogs are more wary of human males than females, or vice versa. They might also become suspicious of people that have a distinct physical feature such as a beard, or an accessory such a hat. These dogs can obsess over it and even become aggressive. It is best to desensitize them and let them know they won’t come to any harm.

Children Should Be Safe Around Your Dog

Puppies are cute and you may not mind them jumping all over you and the children while they are small. But when they grow up, the jumping behavior can be annoying or even dangerous if done by larger breeds. They can topple over a child with their strength. Also, children tend to talk in a higher pitch and can be abrupt with their movements. These can make dogs, especially those who are anti-social, fidgety around children and they might act out in their nervousness. Teach your dog to stay calm and collected.

Socialize your Dog with Other Pets

As dogs grow older, some may become aggressive towards other pets. Others can become very timid or nervous. Excessive behavior, whether aggressive or not, does not make a happy household. It is ideal that all the people and animals in your home live in harmony with each other.

Whether you are socializing an adult dog or puppy, the best way to introduce it to something new is to do it slowly in a calm manner, and in a quiet environment. This will leave your dog with the impression that the first encounter was a pleasant experience and it will not react negatively to what it is just learning to get to know. When introducing children or other pets to your dog, make sure they are also calm and relaxed before you proceed. A well-socialized dog is a well-behaved dog.

The dangers of socializing your dog

There are some dangers you need to keep in mind when socializing your dog:
- The main risk is that your dog might get nervous and become aggressive and attack a human or another dog. This is why it's important to always use a leash during its' first encounters! If you see any signs of aggression pull your dog immediately in a calm manner. There is always going to be a next time! A muzzler is also a good idea if your dog seems to be particularly agressive.
- Another danger is losing your pet! It might get nervous or frightened and try to run away when meeting another dog, human or other animal like a cat. This is why it's important to use a leash during the early stages. For an extra peace of mind, make sure that your dog is microchipped and wears a dog tag all the time! If losing your pet is a huge fear of yours you can get a smartwear dog tracker. This way, you won't have to worry about it's whereabouts.

Take it slow!

Remember to take it nice and slow. Don't rush things and gradually expose your dog to humans, dogs and other animals. Introduce it to one new thing at a time and once it gets used to it, move to the next activitity!

Don't worry, socializing your dog may be important but usually is also very easy. Often it comes natural to the dog, but even when it doesn't it just needs some time and patience from your side.


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