Insight on socialization and how to find help for aggressive pups
Humans have had the good fortune of befriending canines for thousands of years, and as any good dog owner will tell you, people are the truly lucky ones in this centuries-long relationship. However, dogs rely on their humans to properly care for them. While proper care does include grooming, feeding, and loving your pet, it also includes proper socialization.
Socialization, with dogs and new humans, is key to a canine’s happiness. There’s more to socialization than good manners, it’s a primary function of their health. Keep reading to understand why socialization is so important, and what to do if your new puppy or rescue is displaying signs of dog or human aggression.
PetMD.com is an authority on pet health, and their research along with the experience of our skilled training team aligns: a fearful dog is often an aggressive dog. Dogs that are not socialized properly are often scared of new or unexpected circumstances, and react with aggression. This triggers a fear hormone (corticosteroids) that affect heart rate and blood pressure. When your dog is fearful their biology is telling them to stop being social and start being aggressive. Working with your pet to be social will help combat their fearfulness and keep them prepared for new situations.
Hygiene & Healthcare
If your dog is not socialized they can be aggressive or very shy and do their best to hide whenever a new component is introduced into their daily life. Properly socializing your dog means smooth trips to the groomer and veterinarian. Smooth trips to the groomer and vet mean a good looking pup that’s healthy and happy! This also extends to exercise, and ensuring your dog is socialized will make walks, trips to the park, and family vacations or get-togethers a wonderful experience for all involved.
How Do I Socialize an Aggressive Pup?
Oftentimes socialization is not as easy as 1-2-3. In fact, many pet owners that welcome rescues into their home or begin the socialization process late in a puppy’s life are met with challenges. The best approach is to start small, and call in the professionals. It’s A Dog’s World K9 Academy has training dogs to understand obedience and socialization, and offer a variety of group and one-on-one training options. For more information and to schedule a free consultation visit www.ItsADogsWorld.biz. There’s hope for your anti-social pup! And we’re here to help.
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