Socialization is about making your dog used to being around people and other pets. It would be best if you socialized your dog properly, regardless of their breed, so that they would be on their best behavior whenever you have guests in your home or take them out.
A dog that isn’t properly socialized may become nervous, agitated, or aggressive in unfamiliar situations. Some unsocialized dogs may be too excited around other people and their pets, causing them to be anxious. If you adopt a dog that hasn’t been properly socialized, it is up to you to socialize them.
Socializing a puppy is easy. The experiences puppies gather while meeting new faces in their early years will shape their character and temperament when they grow up. You need to expose your pup to different places, people, and pets as early as when they are three weeks old. You may also consider taking them to socialization classes where they would meet other puppies.
Adult dogs are difficult to socialize, but you can help them learn to be okay being around people with patience and training. You should always use a muzzle when taking your unsocialized dog out to prevent accidents if they become aggressive. Take them to different places to become familiar with the sights and sounds of people and animals.
It is important to socialize your dog so people can welcome them in any environment. If you need help, especially with an adult dog, speak to your vet or a professional dog trainer.