Social interaction is a especially important for a dog’s mental and emotional health. At one point, dogs were hunters in the wild, in competition with each other for their next meal, and it was not necessary for them to get along. Ever since dogs have become domesticated, it has become essential for a dog’s health and survival to learn how to interact with other dogs and people. Taking your dog for a walk 2-3 times daily will help them get adapted to their environment—the different sights, sounds, smells, people and other dogs. A dog that isn’t taken outside often may develop behavioral issues. For example, the presence of another dog may be considered a threat to them, as they would not be used to this kind of interaction, and this could lead to a fight. By taking your dog for a walk a few times daily, you can avoid this anti-social behavior, and your dog will not only learn to adjust to the environment, but it will learn to love all the great things it has to offer.

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