Most dog owners believe that nutrition, regular vet examinations, vaccinations and parasite control are the most important things to keep their pet healthy. Only a few, if any, think that socialization is as important as the aforementioned factors.
Today, we’ll discuss an important topic often overlooked by dog owners – socializing. Let’s take a look at the importance of socializing and why it should be a part of your dog’s wellness program.
Dog behavior problems are considered as the number 1 cause of relinquishment of dogs to shelters. Socialization is the key to preventing these behavior problems. It is for this reason that the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that dog owners should start socializing their pets even before they are fully vaccinated. Preferably, socializing should begin between the ages of 3 to 12 weeks.
As mentioned above, veterinary exams are important to keep your pets healthy. For this to happen, a veterinarian should be able to conduct a thorough examination so as to evaluate your dog’s health or the extent of his illness.
Dogs that are poorly socialized tend to be aggressive, making it difficult to assess the dog’s heart, lungs and dental health. Plus, it makes it impossible for staff to provide proper medical care to these dogs. Some dog owners even forgo veterinary care for the fear of causing injury to others.
All dogs, no matter the breed, needs exercise. But how are you going to take your dog for a walk if your dog becomes aggressive upon seeing unfamiliar people or dogs?
Owners of poorly socialized dogs are often reluctant to take their dogs outside as they are worried that their dog may attack other people or dogs, leaving them with a large bill at hand. By limiting exercise, the dog is at risk of contracting health conditions due to obesity or being overweight.