Want a dog that’s confident, outgoing, happy, and interacts with humans and other animals in a positive way? Then socializing your puppy is key! It is critical to socialize your dog from a young age so your dog will see social situations as a joyful experience. Read on to find out the 4 reasons why you should teach your puppy socialization skills now.
1. It makes them happier
Puppies are naturally curious, and as they are socialized they will begin to identify objects, smells, and surroundings as they learn to be comfortable in their environment, reducing the fear of the unknown that can lead to anxiety and aggression in unsocialized dogs.
2. It familiarizes them with other animals
The earlier your dog interacts with other animals, the less likely it will be aggressive toward them. Exposing them to other animals (including cats!) early on means your dog is much more likely to see other animals as friends and not threats.
3. It’s good for their health
Dogs that are not socialized well tend to become stressed, which causes to increased adrenaline hormones that can lead to other health issues, such as a suppressed immune system or chronic anxiety.
4. It makes your life easier
Not only will a well-socialized dog be happy, healthy, and calm, it is much easier to own! Socialized pups can be taken on car rides, walks, and so much more.
Always follow the proper steps to socialize your dog correctly.
How do you socialize your dog? Let us know in the comments!