Taking care of a pet is a big commitment and can be very challenging. It’s even more stressful when you have an antisocial furbaby. That’s why it’s so important to regularly socialize your pets as early as possible. Here are some of the most important reasons to start socializing your furry friend:
Socialization helps build confidence
a. An unsocialized pet might regularly experience anxiety and fear when exposed to everyday occurrences in the world. Socializing your pets by gradually exposing them to new, positive experiences can help them learn that unfamiliar experiences don’t have to be scary.
b. TIP: If you have a dog, dog parks are a great place to socialize your pet. Why not check out the SM Paw Parks? All you have to do is sign up for an SM Super Pets ID for hassle-free access to SM Paw Parks nationwide!
Freedom of movement
a. Having unsocialized pets may make bringing your pets around with you an impossible task. If your work or lifestyle keeps you out of the house, having a pet who is comfortable in unfamiliar environments is a must-have.
b. TIP: SM Super Pets Club hosts exclusive events and paw-ties all year round. These are great opportunities for you to practice bringing your furbaby from place to place. Sign up for the SM Super Pets Club and get exclusive access to all of them!
a. An extremely effective way of socializing your pets is through exercise. Regular exercise not only keeps your pet healthy, but also helps to regularly expose them to the world around them. This stimulation is so important for your pets as it can keep them calm and composed when exposed to new sights/scents and experiences. Not only is this method of socializing great for your pet’s mental health, but for its physical health as well.
b. TIP: All SM Supermalls welcome pets of all breeds and sizes. As long as you are within mall premises and common areas, and your pet is on a leash, you and your pet can walk around SM. Check out the SM Supermalls Mall Pet Paw-licy here for more information.
Fun and enjoyment
At the end of the day, all we want is for our four-legged friends to be happy and enjoy their lives. Socializing your pet helps reduce their anxiety, fear, and unpredictable behavior around new experiences and new people. The more your pet is allowed to practice handling social scenarios, the better adjusted he or she will become.
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