I recently read a great article called 'The Dog Aggression Epidemic' and it was spot on. Those of us who work with dogs are seeing a dramatic increase in aggression, specifically dog-to-dog aggression.
The sad thing about this is, for the most part it's preventable. How do we change things? We start with educating Vets, Breeders, Shelters, Owners and Trainers about the importance of early socialization!!
To address concerns regarding safety, here is the AVSAB's position on early socialization with regard to vaccinations and disease.
We know that waiting until a puppy is fully vaccinated, to allow them to play with other dogs, can put them at risk for fearful, anxious, aggressive behavior towards other dogs for a lifetime. While there are other factors that can influence behavior problems, lack of early socialization tops the list!!
What are the benefits for well socialized puppies?
If you've lived with a fearful, reactive or aggressive dog, you know all to well the heartache and livelong struggles. The risks to adult dogs, just to name a few:
- Losing their home
- Losing their LIFE
- Calm and relaxed
- Freedom to go more places
- Dog Friends
- Exercise and walks
- Quality of life
We work closely with families to help develop socialization and play programs for puppies that promote safe and positive play experiences.