Dogs are social creatures by nature. From the earliest weeks of their lives, once their eyes open and they begin to develop motor skills, dogs are ready to interact with other canines as well as their human family. Social time for dogs is important and it can shape the way they behave for the rest of their life. Giving a puppy and growing dog appropriate social interaction can benefit their well-being.
Because puppies need to be taught the behaviors that will guide them in the future, specific training is an ideal choice. The Merck Veterinary Manual asserts that a dog’s relationships with people are a result of early handling and socialization that are shaped by learning and consequences. Puppies who are kept isolated run the risk of developing a fear of strangers, which can prevent normal relationships with humans, according to Veteriankey.com.
Dogs also need to learn to interact properly with other dogs. Poor socialization can become a trigger for canine aggression. After an early series of vaccinations, many veterinary professionals agree that it is important to begin training puppies to interact with other dogs in a controlled space. Whole Dog Journal suggests that playtime with other puppies and non-aggressive adult dogs gives pups a chance to “learn how to talk and read ‘dog-ese’ through appropriate interactions.”
SPECIFIC SOCIAL TIME FOR DOGS
Dogs need outlets for energy and a chance to exercise. While daily walks can provide movement, allowing dogs to spend time with other canines at meet-ups or providing leash-free space in a dog park gives them a chance to get out their energy and practice proper social behavior.
Dog parks accomplish both the social and exercise goals of getting dogs out of the house. Experts suggest dogs that engage in social interaction are more likely to exhibit fewer behavior problems and are less likely to show aggression in social settings. Giving dogs a free space to play and be part of the pack in a healthy way allows them to thrive mentally and physically.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT
Natural breed tendencies can be curbed by learned behaviors through socialization, and allowing your dog to enjoy a setting where they aren’t teased or threatened by other dogs is crucial. Make sure the social environment is safe and free from animals with aggressive tendencies or sickness. You can even find local social clubs for dogs where pooches are vetted for behaviors and vaccinations.
SOCIAL TIME AT A RUFF DAY BARK CLUB
At A Ruff Day Bark Club, our members only dog park and owner’s lounge allows you to relax with your favorite beverage while your furry friend gets the exercise and social time they need to thrive. Want some social time of your own? We offer doggy and friend mixers and special events. Food trucks with Fido anyone? Check. Doggy Speed Dating? Yes, but only for their human companions.
A Ruff Day Bark Club is located in Lake Nona in the heart of the dog-friendly community of Orlando, Florida. Is your pet ready to interact in our fun park and other social doggy districts? Our trainers love working with puppies to guide their social responses from an early age. We also offer obedience training and customized doggy day care for our older furry friends.