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Socialization of Puppies - Why Your Pup Needs It

Socialization is an important part of the growth and development of puppies. It keeps them well-adjusted to any situation they may encounter in the future. An ideal socialization program should involve activities and experiences that will stimulate all of their vital senses. Being exposed to different sights, sounds and smells of everyday life can help prevent anxiety and negative reactions to various situations puppies may be exposed to later in life.  Desensitization and conditioning are parts and parcel of socialization of puppies. These can help them achieve a certain level of comfort with different and new situations. Dogs that don’t go through proper socialization early in life tend to poorly adjust with anything new or unfamiliar. They can also be prone to developing undesirable behavior and can be a challenge to his owner, groomer, pet sitter, veterinarian, and any guests to the dog’s home. These dogs can also have higher risks of exhibiting ingrained fear responses permanently.

Any sudden change in your pet’s behavior should be brought to the attention of your veterinarian Hyattsville, MD.

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