Baby Pet Socialisation

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Baby Pet Socialisation

Baby Pet Socialisation

Unlike human beings, puppies and kittens are not born with social skills, and have to be taught how to behave appropriately at home and in social situations. Baby pets must undergo a learning process to gain social skills that ensure their wellbeing, confidence, and adjustment among other pets, human beings, and in private and public spaces.

As a pet owner, you must consider training and socialising your pet in the correct manner, which requires a lot of attention to their behaviour and temperament, so that they can have pleasant social interactions with adults and children, adult pets, vets and crowds. This must be done from birth up to about 16-20 years of age, as this is a crucial phase for learning and development among baby pets.

An important aspect of baby pet socialisation is discipline. in order for your pet to become a well-adjusted member of the family, you must establish a set of rules that they understand and stick to. Actions such as unnecessary jumping, mouthing, play-biting, stealing, chewing, begging or pawing must be discouraged. Positive actions must be reinforced through treats and praises, along with affection. If your pet is engaging in activities you disapprove of, such as climbing onto spaces they are not supposed to climb on, for instance, you can distract them with a toy or a game and provide positive reinforcement when they are settled and listening to what you are trying to get them to do. Training them to routine walks and proper good etiquette; for instance, avoiding spills; is also necessary.

You can also contact your veterinarian or local dog and cat centres for training and socialisation workshops and classes if offered, that will help your pet grow into a well-behaved, social and pleasant adult.

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