Why is dog socialisation important
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I’d like to write about the benefits of walking your dog in a group or ‘pack’ on a regular basis.
Pack walking is beneficial to a dog’s well being and improves both physical and mental health resulting in a calmer, happier more sociable companion.
Walking is an instinctual, natural activity for dogs that enables them to expel energy and stimulate both their mind and body. A good walk can significantly tire and calm an excited, hyper or high energy dog. This will save your home from destruction caused by boredom as well as allow your dog to thrive as a balanced member of your family.
By expelling your dog’s energy, you are allowing them to better focus on you, which greatly aids in training. If your dog is wound up and excited, they are much more likely to be distracted and unable to keep their attention focused on you, whether you are teaching them basic manners or trying to teach them some new tricks.
Not only does walking or running provide physical stimulation, but exploring their surroundings with their senses is also greatly instinctual which will tire them out and keep their mind and body healthy and balanced.
Group walks provide an ample opportunity for socialisation. It truly is amazing to see the difference between taking your dog for an off the lead walk alone and taking them with a pack of 3 or more dogs. Even though being with their pack mates can make them more playful and riled up, I find that my dogs are better behaved on pack walks, as well as more balanced and relaxed. Even dogs who aren’t used to or don’t love interacting with other dogs can benefit from a pack walk as long as the group has the right dynamic.
When out for a walk, private or in a group, your dog will encounter other people, other dogs, perhaps other animals as well as noises and scents that they likely do not get to experience at home. This will inspire confidence in your dog, again helping him become more balanced and relaxed.
If you have a new puppy at home, chances are you aren’t able leave work numerous times a day to give them a toilet break, feed them or keep them out of mischief. Puppy visits can shorten the amount of time it takes to house train your pup, as well as prevent messes, destruction and keep your new companion happy and content while you’re away. On occasion, I will bring along a calm and gentle pack member to interact with your puppy, to aid in early socialisation. When your puppy is old enough, they can tag along on group walks!
Why not give it a try, call me and discuss your requirements, I’ll be happy to accommodate you. 07894648020