One of the challenges that pet parents living in apartments face is the lack of space for outdoor exercise & play for their dogs. We are one of the few apartment complexes that are blessed to have a dedicated & enclosed space as a Pet Play Area, mainly used by our dogs. The development of this area is one of my proudest achievements so far (efforts of teamwork), as it is a joy to see the dogs enjoying themselves outdoors, socializing and playing with each other off-leash.
I am an active member of the Pet Subcommittee, and we look for ways to brighten the dogs’ lives while also keeping the larger community and its rules in mind. In the past, we have organized vet camps and training camps in the park. Last Sunday too, we had a little event for our furry friends. The Paw La Land Carnival For Pets was organized by Kuddle. The pets had a blast meeting each other, lick painting, winning goodies and treats & posing in the special photo booth. After the 3 fun hours spent in the park with their friends, tired but happy, most dogs were out for the day 🙂
Smokey’s Day Out At Paw-La-Land
HELP!! I am confused. Which Ball Should I Steal?
Picture Paw-fect Family Photo
Smokey is mostly a friendly dog, both to humans and other furry friends as well. His first instinct is to sniff and extend a friendly paw or lick. This disposition I feel is largely because of the ample socializing he did as a puppy. Smokey came to us as a lockdown baby. By the time his vaccinations were completed and he was ready to meet other doggies, the lockdown had lifted but most of us were still working from home. This meant we had extra time on our hands. So a few of the pet parents with dogs in the similar age group started meeting for play dates. For over an hour, the kids played and exhausted their puppy energy. Apart from the fun and exercise, this also helped them develop social skills – which can make a big difference in their temperament. Though now we no longer meet frequently as many have moved away, few still enjoy a play date now and then.
Posing to say Thank You For A Paw-some Time!
Smokey, his BFF Whiskey & their dads
Here Are Top 5 Reasons Why Socializing Is Important For Your Dog
- It is easier to start teaching your dog to socialize as a puppy. They start understanding to read people and other animals around them from an early age. It also impacts their reaction to a perceived threat, fear, and display of aggression. They learn to read cues of other dogs like friendliness, aggression, preference to be left alone, tiredness, etc., and react accordingly.
- Your dog can find his buddy for life. While you may be his entire world, bonding with their own kind is also important. Similar to how we like having best friends, dogs too can develop lasting friendships with other dogs. The communication they have with each other through the nipping, licking, and sniffing is a positive reinforcement for them.
Smokey bonding in the Pet Park with his friends Whiskey, Bella, Luffy, Coco, Hachi, Mojo & Simba and their parents
- Your dog will be happy and confident when they meet other dogs and humans. They are less likely to be scared when going to new places or meeting new people & dogs. This could also help with anxiety if you are leaving the dog alone for some time or boarding him while you are not in town.
- Socializing your dog = playtime. They get the exercise they require and burn off all the extra energy. This is possible only with outdoor play with other dogs, immaterial of how much you play indoors. This will also ensure they are not destructive around the house.
- The play time also helps you observe your dog and take notes for his training. When you notice your dog doing something inappropriate, you can pull them back to teach them. This helps with their behavioral development.
In play mode, trying to tumble each other!
Obedience training in progress. Woof, we are listening
By nature, dogs are social creatures. So it is in their nature to be friendly, unless they have had a traumatic experience. As a pet parent, you can help with this socializing by taking them to spaces where they can be free around other dogs and humans or by seeking training support if needed. Pets who have not socialized usually are prone to fear new situations and may react by showing aggression. It will also be a challenge for you to take them out on walks or parks or even to visit the vet as they will show fear or aggression.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to carry fresh drinking water as the doggies can get thirsty after their playtime. Carrying treats also is helpful to train them. It can be used as positive reinforcement for good behavior or learning.
Caution : Start socializing your dog and set up play dates ONLY AFTER all vaccinations are completed and you get a go ahead from your vet.
Flocking for treats!
Goodbye…until tomorrow…hugs and kisses!
Kuddle is a pet services provider in Bangalore, that helps with your pet parenting needs such as grooming, walking, and vet consultation. You can reach them through their website kuddle.pet for appointments or to organize a carnival like ours. This post is not a sponsored one, and has been written to share my experiences at the carnival and why socializing of pets is important.