If you’ve been around dogs before then you know the behavior of every dog can be different. You may have met dogs that approach you as calm and friendly. You also may have encountered dogs that are afraid, reactive, or aggressive toward new people and situations. One of the most crucial factors in influencing a dog’s behavior is socialization.
Socialization prepares and educates your dog for a broad range of scenarios. It can teach them how to interact positively with various objects, people, and other animals they may encounter in the future.
Benefits of socializing your dog
Our dogs depend on us to do what is best for them. Here are three reasons to socialize your dog.
- It makes new transitions easier
Dogs who aren’t socialized are often frightened by new situations. You may move to a new home or add new people to your living situation. You want your dog to be able to meet new people and adjust to new circumstances. Simple tasks like taking your dog to the dog park can help start to socialize them. This also helps your dog adjust to possibly stressful situations like visiting the vet or clinic.
- It helps keep dogs healthier
Dogs are healthy mentally and physically when they spend time interacting and playing with other dogs. Socialization teaches your dog how to make friends, how to respond to other people, and the fun of physical activity. You may only have the space or the resources for one dog, but that doesn’t mean your dog can’t make new friends.
- It makes anxious dogs more confident
Well-socialized dogs are more confident because they’ve been there and seen that. New experiences are less frightening for them. It can help them bark less at a neighbor or become less scared of unexpected noises. You could try having a small gathering of friends to help your dog become more used to people besides you and your family.
Socializing your dog isn’t always easy
Depending on your dog’s history, it may already have learned reactions and behavior. You can work to change these traits through positive reinforcement, patience, and practice. Dogs with deeper fears and difficult pasts may take longer than others, but they can still have exciting results. Once your dog learns to respond in a healthy way, you’ll both be happier.
Good socialization is a fundamental part of Home 2 Home
At Home 2 Home, no dogs are stuck in cages. Instead, dogs are kept in small, human-supervised packs to build and maintain good socialization skills with both dogs and humans. This also allows us to present dogs’ natural personalities to prospective adopters. We developed this environment to enable better presentations to potential families.
Home 2 Home is a non-profit canine orphanage revolutionizing the way dogs find their perfect homes. We consider ourselves an orphanage versus a traditional shelter because we provide needs-based care. We also have licensed trainers on staff, veterinary care, flowing water, and always-available beds. Their better life starts when we get them, but their best life is after they’re adopted to their forever home. Learn more about us and our story.