• In addition to nutrition, exercise and affection, a crucial aspect of canine wellness is interaction with other dogs. Photo: Four Paws Pet Ranch (2014)

  • A dog park provides an ideal setting for both physical exercise and social interaction. Photo: Four Paws Pet Ranch (2014)

  • In the event of a vacation or other extended absence, consider checking your dog into a kennel. Photo: Four Paws Pet Ranch (2014)

David Weiss is Owner of Four Paws Pet Ranch. To reach David Weiss call (707) 902-3984 .
The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

SANTA ROSA – While nutrition, exercise and affection are crucial elements for keeping your dog healthy and happy, an often overlooked aspect of canine wellness is socialization. Though dogs have become a domesticated species over time, they’re still pack animals by nature, which is why it’s important for them to spend time among their own kind.

A dog park is an excellent place to take your dog, as it provides an ideal setting for both physical exercise and social interaction. Also, if you have to leave your dog at home alone for long periods of time, consider bringing it to a kennel—it’ll give your dog the opportunity to exercise and socialize rather than sit around the house, which, over time, can make a big difference in its physical and emotional well-being.

David Weiss is owner of Four Paws Pet Ranch, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 902-3984 or by email.

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