Pet adoptions have skyrocketed since the pandemic, owing to long stretches of time at home isolated from others. This is great news for shelters across the country, and the positive impact on pets and their people alike has been incredible.
While there’s much more close time together at home, puppies may have a harder time experiencing what life is really like on the outside. Puppy socialization during social distancing may have its own set of challenges, but with a little creative strategizing you can safely introduce your new puppy to the world.
Why We Socialize Puppies
Socialization is an essential part of pet ownership. By calmly introducing them to the sights, sounds, smell and sensations of the world, owners are all but guaranteeing their dog will be confident, trusting, and open to new experiences.
Without proper, timely, or effective socialization, puppies grow into adult dogs that lack the necessary understanding of human society. Furthermore, intense behavioral problems, such as separation anxiety, are attached to incomplete socialization.Continue…