We can’t think of a more important quality in a pet dog than being friendly to people, especially for children. As a result, there are no more items that are urgent on your dog training agenda besides socialization and habituation.
Socialization and habituation make your dog suitable to be a great friend. A well-socialized dog develops self-confidence and is not too dependent on the owner. They are better equipped to calmly handle various situations around people or when left at home alone. Because friendly dogs love to be around, owners enjoy spending time playing and training them. In turn, the dogs tend to chew, bark excessively, or land at home. Well-Socialized dogs don’t need to hide or bite. And well-socialized dogs are certainly more likely to live longer, happier, healthier, and more productive.
What Are Socialization and Habituation?
Socialization is the process that makes your dog-friendly with animals and, even more critical, with people. Of course, it will be very troublesome if your dog is not friendly with other dogs, especially if you have to guide your dog on the road and pass other dogs every day. But it will be more worrying and persistent if your dog is not friendly to people, and that would be disastrous if your dog is not familiar to family members.
The Benefits of Good Social Skills
A well-socialized dog is a friend to all, and he will be a welcome guest. Yes, you want your dog to be a party animal! Most behavioral problems, including aggression, fear, defilement at home, not coming when called, separation anxiety, chewing and barking, come from poor socialization.
First, you have to socialize your dog to your family, but this step alone is not enough, no matter how big your dog is. Many amiable family dog owners experience a rough awakening when the dog snaps at visiting children, strangers in dog parks, or veterinarians. It’s nice that dogs like Mom, Dad, two kids, and some family friends because these are people who will spend time with your dog.
But socialization means teaching your dog to be friendly and accepting everyone you introduce to him, especially children and unknown men because these two groups of people are likely to be bitten by dogs. Teaching your dog is not enough just to get along with his usual social circle. It’s always possible that an unknown child or animal technician will handle your dog, and you want him to be ready for the meeting.
Habituation is the process of familiarizing your dog with stimuli (sights, sounds, smells, and experiences) so that she becomes comfortable with them. The more stimuli your dog is comfortable with, the less likely she is to suffer from fear or anxiety and to develop related behavior problems.
Be aware that socialization and habituation are ongoing processes. Your dog must continue to meet unfamiliar people and animals and be exposed to new sights, sounds, smells, and experiences throughout her life if you wish for her to continue to be a friendly dog.
Realize that socialization and habituation is an ongoing process. Your dog must continue to meet unknown people and animals exposed to sights, sounds, smells, and new experiences throughout his life if you want him to continue to be a friendly dog.