We love our dogs and think of them as part of our family. But sometimes we forget, they actually are dogs! They are social, pack animals that benefit from spending time with other dogs. It’s important to give your canine companion a chance to meet and be social with other dogs.
Dogs learn proper social interaction and behaviors by playing with and meeting other dogs. Whether it’s learning to not take play fighting too far, knowing not to bark at strangers, or learning whose butt shouldn’t be sniffed, these interactions are all important for your dog!
Your dog is a pack animal. Even if it is an only dog at home, it instinctually wants to interact with and be part of a bigger pack. Socialization gives them this chance! Whether or not you dog is an alpha, it will gain confidence in itself by exploring its interactions with others.
Finding The Leader
By feeling more in tune with a pack environment, your dog will understand social hierarchies better. Use this to your advantage to instill in your dog that you are their leader!
Preparing For The Real World
Socializing your dog in a controlled setting gives you and your dog experience for when you are out in the real world. On a walk or a trip to the vet, you will surely come across other strange dogs. Be prepared for these instances by giving your dog chances to socialize ahead of time.
Exercise And Fun
Dogs love playing with other dogs! Socialization is a chance for them to romp and play and to get out some of their pent up energy.
Even though it might just look like fun and games, your dog’s mind works overtime while interacting with other canines. There are social structures, dog etiquette, interesting smells, and new friends to focus on. Your dog’s mental and emotional well-being get a big boost while socializing!