The importance of social support for our beloved four-legged friend

Our dogs are not only loyal companions, but also social beings who benefit from a strong bond with their owners and other dogs. Similar to us humans, social support, i.e. support and interaction with others, is also very important for dogs. In this blog article, we will take a closer look at why social support is important for dogs and how we as dog owners can help our four-legged friends lead a fulfilling social life.


  1. What is social support in dogs? Social support refers to the positive interactions and support that dogs receive from other dogs or their owners. This can include emotional support, play, physical contact and much more. Social support helps dogs feel safe, secure and emotionally balanced.
  2. Benefits of social support for dogs:
  •  Emotional well-being: Social support enhances a dog's well-being and emotional stability. Dogs that regularly have positive social interactions often show less stress and are happier overall.
  • Stress reduction: Social support can help to reduce stress in dogs. Interactions with other dogs or their owners can have a calming effect and help to reduce anxiety and worry.
  • Social skills: By interacting with other dogs, dogs learn important social skills such as communication, body language and conflict resolution. These skills are essential for harmonious coexistence with other dogs.
  1. How can we as dog owners promote social support?
  • Enable social contact: It is important that our dog has regular opportunities to interact with other dogs. This can happen in dog parks, on walks or in dog groups. However, we should make sure that the dogs harmonize well with each other and that the interactions are positive.
  • Play and joint activities: Games such as fetch, romping around together or learning tricks not only promote the bond between dog and owner, but also provide an opportunity for social interaction.
  • Physical contact and caresses: Physical contact is an important form of social support. Petting, cuddling and loving touches strengthen the bond between dog and owner and give the dog a feeling of safety and security.
  1. Social support for behavioral problems: Social support can also help reduce or prevent behavior problems in dogs. Dogs that have enough social interaction are often less prone to separation anxiety, aggression or unwanted behavior. However, it is important to seek professional help and work with a dog trainer if behavioral problems exist.

Conclusion: Social support plays a crucial role in the well-being and quality of life of our dogs. As responsible dog owners, we can ensure that our four-legged friends lead a fulfilling and happy life by promoting positive social interactions, joint activities and lots of love and attention. The investment in social support pays off in the form of emotional balance, stress reduction and strong social bonds between dog and owner.