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Socializing is as important for dogs as it is important for us. Socializing for dogs involves exposing them to a variety of places, situation, objects and people. Dog trainers have long pointed out that exposing puppies from a young age to different things helps in the growth and development of the dog. When the dog becomes an adult, it becomes easier for him to accurately differentiate between people and situations.A dog that has been exposed to people and situations is less dangerous as compared to a dog that has never been exposed to strangers.Importance of socialization
It has often been observed that dogs that don’t socialize too much, show erratic behavior towards people whom they consider a stranger. That means that if your dog does not socialize and if he sees your aunt for the first time, it is likely that he will growl at your aunt.The behavior of a dog that does not socialize and that of a person in the same situation is almost similar. People who do not socialize a lot find it hard to interact with strangers. On the other hand, dogs that socialize do not behave violently when they see a stranger for the first time. For them it’s common to have strangers around and they are used to the situation.Socialization from a young age allows dogs to read situation and people well. They won’t do anything unless they are provoked or if they realize the life of one of their loved ones is in danger.How to increase socialization
Take your puppy out for walks in the park every day and allow it to interact with people and other animals. You can also have friends at your place interact with the puppy. Take him to different places around the neighborhood and allow him to explore. Also, get different toys and train him to recognize different objects around the house. This will ensure that the puppy is comfortable around you, the objects and the neighborhood. Additionally, there are socializing clubs for dogs where dogs and their owners are taught tricks to improve socializing skills. You can attend a few sessions and see if it helps.Conclusion
Socialization is important for both humans and animals in today’s world. It improves mental health and directs the individual towards growth. In dogs, socialization should start from an early age and should involve exposure to a variety of place, people and situation. The more a puppy explores, the more comfortable it becomes and the more comfortable it becomes, the less erratic behavior it shows. Socialization also helps the dog develop skills that distinguishes the right from the wrong, which is very important if you have a lot of people coming over to your house.