Consequences Of Poor Puppy Socialization
For puppies to become well-adjusted adults, they need to undergo socialization as early as possible. During socialization, puppies are exposed to various situations where they have positive experiences with people, other animals, places, scents, etc. A lack of or absence of socialization can result in dogs which have a hard time adjusting to unfamiliar situations, places, people, or anything they are not used to later in life. A poorly socialized dog is also prone to displaying bad behaviors including aggression. They become nervous and anxious when they encounter something strange or familiar. Because of fear, they are quick to snap, nip, growl, or bark or bite. Behavior problems in poorly socialized dogs tend to turn worse once they become sexually mature. Any displays of undesirable behavior should be nipped in the bud as soon as possible. It can be a challenge to address them when they have become deeply-rooted, more so when they are reinforced, intentionally or unintentionally.
Your vet London, ON is a valuable source of information when it comes to important issues that affect your pet’s health and/or behavior.