We have all seen the movies or commercials where the cute guy is walking his equally cute dog and manages to strike up conversations with women everywhere along the way. It is true that owning a pet opens up several social aspects for its owner.
There are many ways that owning a pet brings social benefits and just as many ways to be social with your pet.
A Walk in the Park
Owning a dog is one of the best ways to become social, especially in the outdoors. Simply walking your dog in your own neighborhood opens up the possibility of meeting new neighbors as well as talking with some familiar ones.
Walking your dog in a park that is specified as a dog park opens up tons of opportunities to meet other like-minded pet owners. There you will find a variety of individuals from singles to elders. Most likely, these people are looking for themselves and their pet to meet people and socialize, as well as getting exercise.
Taking Care of Your Pet
Taking care of your pet means that your pet needs to visit the veterinarian and go the groomers. Both of these places will offer you the opportunity to meet other pet owners with similar interests. There seems to be a great divide among pet owners as to who is a “cat” person and who is a “dog” person. At the veterinarian’s office and at the pet groomers, you can discuss the differences and preferences of your particular pet. The great thing about socializing in these places is that you meet so many different types of pet owners with just as many pets.
The Benefits of Socialization
Just as with any other activity, isolation is harmful and even dangerous to your health. Too much alone time can cause many adverse health issues such as:
* Panic attack
Socializing is vital to our wellbeing. Just as socialization is vital for yourself, it is also important for the wellbeing of your pet. Your pet depends on you for physical activity and socialization. Obesity, joint disease, and heart disease are adverse effects of sitting idly alone.
Getting out and walking, sniffing the scent of other dogs, meeting and playing with other dogs are all important factors in keeping your pet happy and healthy.
Owning a pet is a responsibility, but it is also a blessing for both of you – especially when it comes to feeling comfortable socializing. Some individuals are a little shyer than others, and having a pet at your side is a great way to break the ice.