More than just ‘alarm’ dogs
THE SOCIALISATION OF DOGS is a critical aspect of animal care and one that owners are being urged to follow.
Local veterinarian Dr Terrence Mayers said dogs must not only interact with other dogs, but also with people as well as their environment.
Speaking on the heels of the recent dog attack that claimed the life of 74-year-old Verona Gibson, Mayers, said some owners tended to keep their dogs “as alarms”, and just had them in kennels and away from people.
“This is a problem, because the dogs can’t utilise their potential. You have to work with the dogs and talk to them, as well as exercise your dogs. That way, you will be able to pick up very early on any issues they may have and nip them in the bud. Socialisation is not just important with other dogs, but other people as well,” he said. (CM)
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