Importance Of Socialization For Your Adult Dog

Importance Of Socialization For Your Adult Dog

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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 donโ€™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 itโ€™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 wonโ€™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.


Socialization is important for both humans and animals in todayโ€™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.

Socializing Your Puppy From an Early Age

Socializing your puppy from a young age includes exposing them to people, pets, environments, smells and experiences. The reason we emphasize on socializing your pet from an early age is because they are more open to new experiences until they are 12 weeks old. If they are exposed to new experiences after this period, they are more likely to approach it with caution. Dogs that are not socialized from puppyhood, are more likely to show fear or aggression when presented with new situations.

Should you be signing up your puppy for classes?

You want to introduce as many positive elements as you can in your puppyโ€™s socialization process. Some puppies may be overwhelmed if presented by too many new situations and people at the same time. You want to take your time with it, and gradually get your puppy accustomed to new experiences. If you are looking for a structured way to socialize your puppy, you can also sign up for classes. These classes are especially meant to help puppies socialize under supervision.Itโ€™s a great place for puppies to start socializing as they get to interact with other pets who are around the same age as well. They learn their boundaries while playing with other puppies, and also get accustomed to being handled by different people as a result. Some classes even assist with basic training, making it easier for you to continue with behavior and obedience training sessions after.

What if my puppy is shy?

If your puppy is over 3 months old and does not eagerly walk up to people wagging his tail, but instead chooses to shyly hide under the table, then you need to work on socializing your puppy right away. One of the best ways to get your pup accustomed to new people, is to have them give your pup his kibble or treats. Your pup will find it easier to warm up to new acquaintances this way.If your puppy is small, you can carry him on outings, whether you are making a trip to the mall, or meet the local baking group. The idea is to get your puppy accustomed to meeting new people, and being in unfamiliar places. If you notice your shy puppy showing any reactions of fear or aggression, you want to tone down the socialization.Do not scold your puppy, instead take him home, and re-introduce him to an unfamiliar social situation that is not as challenging. You want to gradually expose your under-socialized pet to new scenarios, while making sure that he is not overwhelmed. If your puppy opens up in these social situations, make sure you praise/ reward him.

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