Socialising your dog!

Updated: Jul 19

What is Socialisation? It just means letting a dog learn how to be a dog, just like letting a person learn how to be a person . For dogs, socialisation means understanding their surroundings and their place in their pack and following the rules by their pack leaders.

Have you ever wondered what happens when a dog is not made to socialise at an early stage? They exhibit various complications. Following are a few characteristics of a dog who is deprived from socialisation.

  1. Generalized fearfulness : A dog’s tendency to be easily scared by the unfamiliar.

  2. Reactivity: When the dog is in attack mode throughout the day.

  3. Nervous around people:  Aggressive reaction by the dog around strangers.

  4. Sound sensitivity: When dogs are afraid or nervous around regular noise such as  sound  of a ceiling fan or an alarm.

It is often said, behaviour is a product of both nature and nurture, a mix of genetics and experience. When a dog is kept in an environment where he/she can socialise, they develop a sense of relationship and attachment to another being.  This socialising skill helps them to infer that   ‘new and different’ is not ‘bad and scary’.   Instead of reacting fearfully to new experiences, the dog is comfortable when they encounter new things, animals and people. From 8 to 12 weeks of age, puppies go through a fear imprinting stage. During this time, it is crucial to carefully introduce a pup to a variety of stimuli every day, and to ensure that the experiences are positive. This is also a good time to start training the pup in basic behaviors.

Just to make it  easier for you, here are some tips that might help you in socialising your dog.

  1. Socialising with other dogs: Exposing your puppy to other friendly dogs will help you to teach them the essential social skills.

  2. Preparing to meet new people: Invite people to your home as soon as you bring you pup so that your pup knows that people are welcome

  3. Training your dog : Training benefits your dog’s disposition, improves the dog’s socialising skills and enhances your relationship with them.

We hope that we were able to help you as much as possible. But remember, the best remedy to keep your dog happy and healthy is lots and lots of cuddles 😉