Are you planning on adding a four-legged friend to your family? Congratulations! Having a dog in your life can have many benefits. Animal companions give us love, affection, exercise, protection, and much more. In order to get the most out of your relationship, and ensure that your dog is as happy, healthy, and well adjusted as possible, it's important to take the necessary steps towards training and socialization. According to the ASPCA, “socialization means learning to be part of society,” and it is a very important part of your pet becoming a well-behaved member of your family, and citizen of your neighborhood and community. If you have suffered serious injury after being bitten by a dog, contact a Boulder dog bite attorney to discuss your case.
Everyone knows that dogs need food, water, and exercise for their physical health, but many novice dog owners are unaware of what a new puppy needs for their psychological health. Most importantly, your dog needs to be socialized. Socialization refers to a exposing your puppy to a wide range of people, sounds, sights, and experiences. It allows them to learn about the world around them, and how to properly behave within it. When a dog goes unsocialized, he or she may develop fear or anxiety. An anxious dog can be a dangerous dog, since when an animal is afraid, it can respond aggressively in order to protect itself.
Experts say that puppies are most willing to learn and try new things between the ages of 3 and 12 weeks. Between 12 and 18 weeks, your new friend will become more rigid as his or her brain develops. After a certain point, usually around 18 weeks, it is extremely difficult or impossible to “help [a dog] become comfortable with something he finds frightening.” If you have a new puppy, or are looking to buy one, make sure you aware of their developmental stages so you can raise a well-adjusted pup. Socialization can take place inside and outside of the home, and should take place in both. In the home, introduce your dog to lots of different people of different ages, races, and genders. You want to make sure your pet has a positive experience with people of all types, so that they do not develop dangerous anxiety about any person in the future. Once your dog has his puppy shots and is not vulnerable to deadly canine diseases, you can begin socializing him or her in the outside world. Make sure he or she is comfortable on a leash, around cars, in a storm, crowds of people, around other kinds of animals, etc. If you have a dog who will require routine grooming as an adult, take him for his first appointment. This way, your dog can be exposed to the grooming process so he won't be afraid of it when he gets older. In other words, this is the time to show your puppy the world so he knows it's not a scary place. Socialization is extremely important, and also lots of fun!
If you've been injured by a dog, contact a lawyer to discuss your case. The Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal has the dedication and the experience to effectively handle your personal injury claim. Please call 303-825-2333 to schedule your free consultation.