Puppies are naturally playful, curious, and of course, adorable. You’ll find all kinds of reasons to laugh and bust out your camera when you have a puppy at home. A puppy can also be naturally fearful, which is understandable considering many of the things he/she encounters are still new to him/her. Puppies tend to be particularly fearful of other animals or people. It’s fine for your puppy to act that way at first, but that behavior can be problematic long-term. Listed below are some of the major problems that can emerge if you don’t provide socialization for your puppy.
Dogs who are not receive socialization early on in life can develop all kinds of attitude issues.
According to the SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), dogs can sometimes turn out to be very shy. They may be shy to the point that they refuse to emerge from behind their owner when meeting new people and other animals.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, some dogs can end up being overly aggressive as they are fearful of nearly everyone around them and respond by trying to fight.
Puppies that grow up to either be too shy or too aggressive will be difficult to have around guests so put them through dog training and nip that problem in the bud.
Lack of Socialization Makes Care Difficult
When your dog is scared of the many things around him/her, even providing routine care for him/her can be a nightmarish endeavor.
Getting your dog into your car can take a long time and you can call yourself lucky if he/she decides to cooperate at the veterinarian. You may even find it tough to do something as simple trimming his/her nails.
Being high-maintenance is one thing, but un-socialized puppies may turn into dogs who are nearly impossible to care for.
No Outdoor Activities for Your Dog
Un-socialized puppies who grew to become aggressive are difficult to take outside because their behavior is unpredictable. You never know when something or someone might catch their eye and cause them to act out. Because of that, you may just opt to have them stay at home instead of risking an accident.
As noted by Pet MD, side effects of that problem include your dog not getting enough exercise and eventually becoming overweight.
Socialization is a must for any young pup. By neglecting it, your puppy may not grow up to become a fully healthy dog.
Now that you know about the risks of not socializing your puppy, we’ll talk about how to handle that process properly in our December 20 article.
Make socializing your puppy by taking him out on frequent walks. If you’re schedule is swamped, we at TAILored Pet Services can step in and handle the dog-walking duties. Just call us at 425-923-7791 or visit our website to find out more about how we can help.