A well-adjusted, confident dog is a product of socialization. It starts with the puppy breeder and continues with the caregiver. During this period, you want to ensure your puppy experiences positivity in its truest sense (hint: ‘good boy’ and treats should do the trick). You want to introduce them to newer sights, smells, and sounds daily for them to readily accept changes. However, avoid rushing the process as it may result in a fearful response. Here’s how you can benefit from socializing your dog:
1. Promotes Healthier Lives
When dogs spend adequate time playing, interacting, and exercising, they live happier, healthier lives. ‘A tired pup is a happy pup’ is true in this regard, as a dog that spends more time having fun and burning calories has far lesser energy to be stressed, anxious, or worried.
2. Easy Transition
A dog that hasn’t been socialized will only restrict your opportunities regarding where you can go or what you can do with your puppy. Visiting your friends may become troublesome if your dog tends to attack their dog, and doggie daycare may also deny access to such a dog. On the contrary, a well-socialized dog analyzes the newest things without perceiving them as scary.
3. Develops Confidences
A confident dog can navigate its surroundings without fear. A well-socialized dog knows that strangers aren’t a threat, loud noises can’t hurt, and other canines aren’t out to attack it. A positive experience with socialization allows your dog to be less fearful and more confident as they see more possible friends than enemies.
4. Prevents Reactivity
Did you know an aggressive, reactive dog only uses aggression to ease its anxiety? Dogs that get triggered while on a leash usually respond by wanting to run away — however, the collar and the leash prevent them from escaping, which results in an opposition reflex. Socializing your dog allows it to not encounter a fellow canine as a threat, reducing the need to react or escape.
The first three months in the life of a pup are its socialization period that pretty much shapes its personality for the future. Socialize your puppy with The Grand Paw, the best dog daycare center in Indio, Bermuda Dunes, Indian Wells, LA Quinta, and Palm Springs. We offer dog grooming, luxury day camp, and pet boarding near Rancho Mirage, CA.