The Importance of Socialization.
So what is socialization? Simply put, this is the process where a dog learns to relate to people, other dogs and other animals based on direct experiences.
Dogs can be exuberant or shy; friendly or hostile; fearful or bold; aggressive or passive or some combination of the above. These differences in personality may to some extent be determined by breed, or individual genetics, but for the most part it is based on how and to what extent each particular dog has been socialized.
At about the age of three months, your puppy should be ready to leave the house to meet other dogs. Puppy school is highly recommended by veterinarians, dog trainers, and other experts because it will teach young dogs how to relate to others.
While puppy schools are meant to introduce dogs to other dogs in a positive environment, they also play an important role in the relationship between dogs and human beings and continuing the process with training classes and other activities as your puppy grows will not only give lots of fun but it will also benefit you and your dog.
This means you will have an animal companion who is a pleasure to be around. Most importantly, it is what is best for your dog, because a well-socialized dog is a happy dog, and that is what any dog owner should want most of all.
There are many behaviourist’s and dog trainers around using different techniques and practices. Choosing the right one for you and your dog is paramount. Well trained dogs are more likely to be well behaved, will listen, be void of behavioural issues. They will be good in public, and are less likely to bite. As an owner, you will have a much closer connection with your dog when the time is taken to form a relationship through training.
Please click on the links below for further information from initial puppy school to behaviour issues.
Both of these establishments offer training classes and one-to-one appointments if required.