Sunday, February 26, 2006

Hey, Your Dog Needs Social Life Too!

Remember? Dogs are pack animals, they need social life too. :o)

Start young!

Puppy socialization is very important if you want a well adjusted, friendly dog. In fact, socializing your dog is perhaps the most important form of training that you can give your dog in his or her early, formative months and years.

A well socialized dog is a dog that will not bite out of fear, which will get along with people, children, other dogs, and all other animals, and will react well in most situations. Well socialized dogs will not be frightened or overly aggressive in almost any every day situations.

Non-socialized dogs can not easily adapt to new situations, places and people. Instead, they react with fear or aggression.

The first twelve weeks or first three months, of a puppy's life are the most important weeks in terms of socialization, but it is vital to continue the socialization process even after the twelve week benchmark.

In the process of socializing your dog, it is important to make sure that the environment is friendly and non-threatening. A scary, painful, or bad first impression can occasionally last a lifetime with a dog.

Therefore, it is good to go slow and to make sure that the puppy is comfortable and confident.
Do not rush the socialization process of your puppy under any circumstances.

Hm....... I shall share what I have learnt about socializing my dogs at my next post.


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