When we talk about socializing our pets, we’re not just referring to introducing them to one another. Socialization is all about giving your pet experiences they can learn and grow from and shaping their behavior (in a good way). Of course, you already know that socialization is important — I mean, after all, everyone says it is. But what happens when a pet receives inadequate socialization as it grows? Here’s how that can affect a pet’s life.
#1: Your pet can experience constant stress
A poorly socialized pet is often fearful of the world around them and can develop anxiety. For example, a puppy who was never positively exposed to loud sounds when young can become so fearful during thunderstorms and fireworks that they injure themselves. Exposing your pet to a multitude of sounds, sights, and experiences when they’re young can help desensitize them to potentially frightening things. Use plenty of treats, praise, and other pets to reward them for being brave when exposing your pet to new things.
#2: Your pet may not receive regular veterinary care
Pets who panic during their veterinary visits typically don’t receive as much veterinary care as those who tolerate or enjoy their appointments. Suppose a cat becomes hard to handle as soon as they see the carrier come out. In that case, their owner may be tempted to skip their feline friend’s annual exam, especially if their pet appears healthy. We understand visiting the veterinarian can be scary for pets, so we do everything we can to ensure it’s a pleasant experience. If your pet becomes fearful, stressed, or anxious during their visit, ask us about anti-anxiety options to help soothe them.
#3: Your pet may not receive enough exercise
If your dog turns into a terror when they’re on a leash, barking and lunging at passing people and pets, you may stick to your backyard for exercise. Oftentimes, dogs who display such behaviors while out walking aren’t aggressive—they’re actually anxious and trying to warn off approaching strangers. By socializing your puppy to be accepting of new people and pets, both of you can have much more pleasant walks.
Socializing your pet requires exposing them to many new situations, people, and pets in a positive way. Keep your furry friend safe from contagious diseases by scheduling an appointment with our team for appropriate vaccinations.