Appropriate company for dogs

Dogs are sociable animals who enjoy company. If treated well as puppies, they learn to see us as friends and companions. If they are socialised with other dogs early it can enhance their quality of life.

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Ensure your dog has appropriate company


Make sure your dog has appropriate company

  • Make sure that your dog has opportunities to interact positively with appropriate companions so that they don¿t become lonely or bored. A dog may suffer if they are left without company and has nothing to do for long periods of time.
  • Never leave your dog alone long enough for them to become distressed. Find out how to prevent separation related behaviours.
  • If your dog is friendly towards other dogs, allow them to interact with them on a regular basis. Find out what to do when meeting an unfamiliar dog.
  • Never leave your dog unsupervised with another animal or person who may deliberately or accidentally harm or frighten them.
  • When you are away, make sure your dog is properly cared for by a responsible person. Why not try Rover?
  • Many dogs will either chase or be afraid of animals with whom they are not familiar. If your dog is fearful of, or aggressive towards, other dogs, avoid the situations that lead to this behaviour, and seek advice from a vet or clinical animal behaviourist.
  • If you have more than one dog, house them together if possible, but make sure they have enough space and can get away from one another if they want to. Introductions should be done carefully. The same applies if you have dogs and cats. For more information see our factsheets below.
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