About CuteHappyDog

I’m the writer of this dog blog. My name is ATOM, a dog lover, staying in Singapore! I hold a full-time office job, nothing related to animals. I love dog, especially my cute and happy dog, HAPPY BOY! He is a Shih Tzu breed, very cute and is pamper a lot by my whole family.

Anal Glands Problem in Dog

 Anal Glands Problem in Dog? How does pet owner knows?

  • Is anal glands problem a common issue in dog?
  • What is the risk if anal glands is full and not empty ASAP?
  • What is the sign of anal glands problem?
  • Scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground, trying to empty anal glands can be serious.
  • Who can help to empty the anal glands?

Anal glands problem are commonly seen in dogs and cats. which also called anal sacs, if not taken proper care, it will be impacted, infected and abscessed.

Happy Boy has anal gland problem since beginning of 2012. Photo below show his infected anal glands.

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Happy Boy’s anal gland got infected and abscessed two times in 6-7 weeks in 2012, that was really scary when you see how painful he was and the BLOOD dripping out from his anal gland. I promise I will not let him suffer anymore. Learning all these through two bad experiences, I finally know when Happy Boy needs to visit its veterinarian, Dr Cheryl again.

While Dr Cheryl expressing Happy Boy’s anal glands last week, I took a photo of the smelly fluid. It is really DAMN smelly!!!

anal glands smelly fluid

 

Who can express dogs’ anal glands? Veterinarian and some groomer can do that. Many would say why waste the money? But I think for Happy Boy’s comfort and health, I think I would rather spend a little money and make sure everything is OK.

Dog scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground, trying to empty its anal glands, is NOT acceptable and NOT funny at all. If you spotted your dog doing these action VERY FREQUENTLY, high chance your dog need help in emptying its anal glands soon. Bring your dog to the veterinarian to check it out.

Scooting / rubbing / dragging butt against the ground is definitely NO NO, because your dog’s anal glands might be infected as the ground is not clean.

Once the anal glands infected and next the anal glands might be abscessed.

anal glands smelly fluid
anal glands smelly fluid

It’s really pain at heart to see Happy Boy anal gland “burst”. (Photo above is Happy Boy ruptured anal gland after cleaned by veterinarian)

Be careful of some veterinarian, they will give suggestion like… “remove anal glands“, so in future, the dog will not have anymore of anal glands problem. Please THINK properly before you agreed to this. I would suggest consult more veterinarian for more advice, ask about consequences if anal glands are removed, and is there really a NEED to remove the anal glands?

Removing anal glands will cause more problem in future. Google your questions and do more research on consequences if anal glands removed.

My understanding through my research on anal glands:

  • if the operation is not properly done, there are chances the dog is unable to control its bowels.
  • Sometimes these anal glands are referred to as “scent glands” that dog uses them to mark territory and identify other dogs. (Did you realised dogs meet each other, they will smell each other butt, so this might be reason)

Links for reference incase you need to read up to have a better idea on anal glands.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anal_gland

Encounter any Anal Glands Problem in Dog and would like to share? Feel free to contact me anytime. =)

Buy birthday cakes for dogs in Singapore?

  • Buy birthday cakes for dogs in Singapore?
  • Planning birthday party for your dog?
  • Birthday cakes for dogs getting more popular in Singapore?

Where to buy birthday cakes for dogs in Singapore? Do you have this question in mind? Are you planning to get one birthday cake for your dog? Buying birthday cakes for dogs are getting more and more popular in Singapore. I’m happy to see more and more dog’s owner giving in more love and time for their little fur friends.

Six years ago, there was only one or two pet/dog shops or doggie’s cafe willing to do birthday cakes for dogs, as the market was not ready that time. Over the past 6 years, i’m seeing more people are targeting dog businesses, which make dog owner in Singapore much more convenient now. So dogs in Singapore are getting more luckier now!

Great news, to help all dogs lover in Singapore to find the list of dog cafes or online dog shops that sell birthday cakes for dogs in Singapore, I did the homework for YOU!

Here’s the list :

The Barkery Singapore Store – Simple birthday cake designs for dogs?

They do not have a lot of birthday cake designs for dogs. But it’s OK! Although their birthday cakes for dogs are simple designs because…… i think they cater for another group of dog’s owners – dog’s owners looking for simple, cheaper and smaller “meat” birthday cakes for their dogs. I think that is good enough as I hate complicated designs. And one more thing…. out of the 5 cakes i got for my Happy Boy, he love “The Barkery Singapore Store” birthday cake the MOST! One last important thing that I like about The Barkery Singapore Store, their service is excellent, I made special request for my dog as Happy Boy has food allergies, they did not turn down my special request where as some places turn down special request as it’s too troublesome.

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Good Point – Services, flexible with request, simple designs but looks cool!

US Doggie Bakery – Fancy birthday cakes designs for dogs?

They are among the first batch that start the dog’s bakery business. My dog, Happy’s Boy, 1st, 2nd and 3rd birthday, i ordered the cakes from them. US Doggie Bakery not only have dog’s cakes, they have all sort of dog’s pie,cookies, muffins and dog’s birthday party pack! As more strong competitors are coming in, I notice that US Doggie Bakery has increase their dog’s birthday cake design. YEAH! This is GREAT as we love taking photo right? =) I realised one thing, although they have beautiful birthday cakes for dogs, but always remember, dogs are carnivore, so from my experience, i realised dogs prefer cakes with meat rather than flavouring cakes like, banana cakes, pandan cakes, etc…… So do take note when choosing cakes.

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Good Point – Many designs, many flavouring.

Cobam Dog Bakery – 3D Birthday Cake designs for dogs

Looking for 3D Birthday Cake designs for dogs? I think they are good at it.  We had a short conversation, exchange SMS, and even sending some photo for request, they are friendly and flexible too. Almost got one of their birthday cake for my dog last year, but too bad, when we talk about the date to deliver, I was told the kitchen will be closed on that day. I might consider trying Cobam Dog Bakery this year for Happy Boy’s 6th Birthday, making him a 3D birthday cake for dog!

Good Point – 3D Birthday Cake designs for dogs, friendly, flexible

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Have not tried their service before, unable to give any recommendation or comments. They have cafe at Kembangan area, here’s their blog too.

SNUFFY’S BAKERY

Have not tried their service before, unable to give any recommendation or comments.

Do let me know if you need any advise on birthday cakes for dogs, I’m happy help.

Here’s the previous article i wrote about Happy Boy’s birthday cakes and celebration.

 

Vaccinations protect dogs from fatal diseases

Vaccinations protect dogs from fatal diseases

Vaccinations protect dogs from fatal diseases – Do you believe? Does vaccinations really protect your dog from diseases and virus such as canine distemper?

Regular vaccinations can protect the dogs against potential contagious and fatal diseases.

why-should-we-vaccinate-our-dogsArticle taken from Straits Times July 2013.

 It could be example:

  1. Canine Parvovirus
    • Through ingestion of faecal particles containing the virus. This often occurs by accident, e.g. in multi-dog households, through sharing of food, water and living space.
    • Read recent case happed in SPCA 2012
  2. Canine Distemper Virus
  3. Infectious Canine Hepatitis
    • This virus is spread through direct contact with an infected dog’s body fluids including nasal discharge and urine.
    • Read more about this
  4. Kennel Cough (Parainfluenza, Bordetella)
  5. Leptospira (The rat is the main carrier of the disease, Rat urine contains toxic and deathly substances)

Why we should NOT vaccinate our dogs? Most commonly heard reasons: Inorder to keep clients coming in and bring in business for the vets. Over vaccinated will cause serious harm to the immune systems and vaccines can cause cancer.

So… Who to believe??

I asked my vet this question. As I mentioned before, I fully trust my vet, she has no reason to hide anything from me i believe. WHY?? For every questions I asked, she will tell me the reason or why she think that way.

I’m a person who ask a lot of WHY?? When I still don’t understand or i smell something fishy, I will continue ask until I’m satified with the answer.

So back to the question, why should we vaccinate our dogs?

I would think depend on:

  1. Personal thinking
    • How much you trust the internet?
    • How much you trust your vet?
  2. Where you stay and where is your dog’s regular area
    • Big Houses?
    • Apartment?
    • Backyard?
  3. Does your dog go for walk
    • Hiking?
    • Open park?
    • Void deck?
    • Just corridor?
    • Totally indoor?
  4. Does your dog social with other dogs, cats, animals (http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2013/02/distemper_outbreak.html) or even RATS.
  5. Does your dog go grooming
    • Sharing water?
    • Sharing cage?
Why-should-we-vaccinate-our-dogs-leptospirosisPhoto taken from – http://worthstreetvet.wordpress.com

Some or most of the diseases are transmitted through contact with respiratory secretions. Contacting with fecal material and the urine of infected dogs or things they have contaminated can also cause infection.

With the 5 points mention above, have you thought of… what if just ONE dog is contacted with contagious diseases, and your dog happen to step on the urine of the affected dog without any of your knowledge. The dog licked its PAW, that’s it!

The risk is there if you don’t vaccinate your dogs… think about it seriously…

Why we should NOT vaccinate our dogs? In order to keep clients coming in and bringing in businesses for the vets? I don’t believe in this reason. The annual vaccinations are not very expensive. I’m sure if a vet tells the owner, spend your money on other check-up rather than vaccinations, the owner will do that! So it’s not about money definitely, it’s whether should we risk the dog to a contagious diseases.

Over vaccinated will cause serious harm to the immune systems? There is “no evidence [of widespread harm].” Over vaccinated could have a few meanings depend on how you interpret, example: amount injected? Vaccinations depend on weight and age, so the widespread of “over vaccinated” could means other meaning too… =)

Vaccines can cause cancer? Oh yes, I read about this. It’s more about cats relating to cancer or tumors forming in the area between the shoulders, where cats are vaccinated. http://pets.webmd.com/features/pet_vaccination

So after listened to my vet explanations and also do some read up, I think I should NOT risk my dog to any potential diseases. Dogs love to “SMELL” whenever they go for walk, grooming, dog park, dog group meet up, so I think continuing annual vaccinations is a MUST.

Vaccinated dogs develop less severe illness and are less likely to spread the virus to other dogs. The vaccine is recommended for dogs who are “at risk”. Dogs that frequently interact with other dogs, participate in activities with other dogs or are boarded are considered at risk and can benefit from vaccinations. Dogs that benefit from the kennel cough vaccine (Bordetella/parainfluenza) vaccine will also benefit from the canine influenza vaccine.

It’s up to you to believe. Good luck to your decision.

Screen Shot 2013-08-01 at 5_26_51 PMPhoto taken from – http://www.msd-animal-health.co.nz/binaries/21105_ISPAH_WOOF_brochure_LR_tcm51-37152.pdf

Thanks to the following references.

http://www.2ndchance.info
Dog Distemper – http://www.2ndchance.info
http://pets.webmd.com
http://www.asiahomes.com
http://www.petplace.com

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow

Dogs love sleeping on pillow, do you agree?

I did a google search on why dogs love sleeping on pillow and I noticed that many dog’s owners actually took pictures of how their dog love sleeping on their pillow.

It’s pretty interesting to see that. But I still think it is NOT RIGHT for dogs to sleep on our pillow!

Why do dogs like to sleep on our bed or pillow or anything that has our “smell”? HAHA! I found a link which explains this. I think mainly is companionship and our bed is comfortable!

Because dogs live in packs, and want to sleep in the same area that the pack leader sleeps. This is because your dog will want to find the place which smells like the pack leader, which is you, to relieve anxiety so they don’t feel alone. Most often that will be your bed, pillow, or blanket.

I happened to find out that my dog actually slept on my pillow when I’m away, I tried to put my pillow high up so that he could not reach it.

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 1

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 2

Unable to reach my pillow, he has another alternative, that is… sleeping on my blanket! OMG! So in the end, I also put my blanket high up so that he is unable to reach it too!

Then slowly, I noticed that he likes to fold up the corner of his bed so that he can sleep on it like a pillow.

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I also have seen my dog putting his head on the cushion or even on his toys. Therefore, I guess my dog needs a pillow!

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 4a

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 4b

I went shopping around, and one day, I happened to see a small soft pillow which i think is for kids, i bought it back for my dog. I put it on his bed, and that night, he know that’s the pillow for him.

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 5

Dogs Love Sleeping On Pillow 5a

From all the pictures, you can see that my dog love lying on the pillow! He sleep with it, he play with it and he dream with it! HAHAHA!!

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So if your dog love your pillow, it’s time to shop for a pillow for him or her! You will be surprise, your dog actually love it! =)

Of course, you can handmade one for your dogs too. It’s not that hard to do it, but a pillow that just cost SGD $2, I think shouldn’t waste effort and energy on it too much. Just go get one!

Dog Allergies – How much do you understand about dog allergies?

Dog Allergies – How much do you understand about dog allergies? How to you know if your dogs have these problems?

Common symptoms related to dog allergies are:

  • Red spots on chest, body, belly, groin area
  • Always licking and chewing paws
  • Paws turn dark brown / burgundy color
  • Loss of hair / fur
  • Often sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Ear infections / Yeast infections
  • Smelly ears
  • Rubbing of the face

Dog Allergies photo 1

Dog Allergies photo 2Dog Allergies photo 3

Common causes of dog allergies are:

  • Atopy – Atopy is often seasonal, cause by pollen or dust.
  • Food – Dog allergies related to food is more commonly seen in Singapore.
    • Dog owner in Asia, eg: Singapore, will give dogs more human food than western countries.
    • Human food tend to be more food intolerance in dogs. What can be eaten by human doesn’t mean it can be eaten by dogs! (Example: chocolates and grapes are poisonous food to dogs).

This is why more pet foods come with choices like hypoallergenic diet.

  • Hypoallergenic dog foods means…
    • Limited ingredients
    • Cereal free
    • Grain free
    • Gluten free sensitive
  • Although they mention they are FREE of EVERYTHING… but please do take a look at their ingredients, it may still NOT be suitable to your dog too because every dog allergies varies…

So do you know what your dog is allergy to?

I know what’s my dog, Happy Boy, is allergic to. I have do elimination diet test and tested almost every dog food common ingredients week by week, instructed by my dog’s Veterinarian, Dr T.

Dog Allergies - Hill's Prescription Diet Z/D

I have been doing the elimination diet test using Hill’s Prescription Diet Z/D Canine ULTRA Allergen-FreeHill’s Prescription Diet® z/d® Canine ULTRA Allergen-Free is a good base food to do such elimination diet test. We will talk about it in next article.

Right now, I’m quite happy with the test results.

Happy Boy has passed the following test.

  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Mutton
  • Beef
  • Apple
  • Peas

He had failed the following test.

  • White fish
  • Carrots

Next few weeks, he will be testing on

  • Potatoes
  • Salmons
  • Brown rice

After that, I will bring him back for review.

Dogs Birthday Cakes?

Dogs birthday cakes?

Do you celebrate Your dog’s birthday with dogs birthday cakes? I think you should. Do you celebrate your family and friends’ birthday? If yes, why not celebrate your doggie’s birthday too?! It’s not expensive now… 4 years ago, I had a hard time looking for a people doing dogs birthday cakes and they were really expensive! But now, there are more demand, prices drop a little too. Ordering of dogs birthday cakes usually come with delivery, so no worries about transportation.

Dogs birthday cakes - Happy's Birthday

This year August, my Happy Boy will be turning 5 year old. I’m thinking to get him a dog cake too or maybe I should bake the cake myself with all his favourite food. Because he has allergic problem towards some ingredients like carrot, so getting a cake without certain ingredients maybe difficult. Let’s see…

Dogs birthday cakes usually come in 300g, 500g and 1KG. So I usually share the cake out with Happy Boy’s friends. I will keep 1/3 or 1/4 portion of it, and that could keep about 3 days for my dog as snacks.

Dogs birthday cakes - happyboy 1st birthday Dogs birthday cakes - happyboy 1st birthday part2  Dogs birthday cakes - happyboy 2nd birthdayDogs birthday cakes - happyboy 3rd birthday

Believe me, you will be happy to see their expression full of excitement when you show them the cake. But of course, you have to know your dog well. Meaning… know what is your dog’s favourite food and what your dog hate most is important when you look for dogs birthday cakes.

Dogs birthday cakes - miko birthday Thanks Miko for sharing out her cute photo.

Dogs Birthday Cakes are cakes specially baked / made for dogs. DO NOT get a human cake for your dog. Dogs Birthday Cakes is just a few dollar difference from human birthday cakes, although you can save $5-$10 at that moment, but maybe next day, you will have to bring your dog to visit your dear expensive veterinarian! =)

Click here for more information on where to get birthday cakes for dogs in Singapore.

Branded Veterinary Centre Or Reliable Veterinarian For Your Pet?

Branded veterinary centres or reliable veterinarians? How would you choose?

Q) Do branded veterinary centres have ALL THE BEST veterinarians inside?

Q) A good and reliable veterinarians, does it means they have to work for a branded veterinary centres?

NO! I don’t think so… I don’t go for brands. I believe in what I see, what I feel is good and trustworthly. As i mentioned in the previous article, I found my best and Happy Boy’s favourite veterinarian.

I’m very into marketing. So every business uses MARKETING! Even veterinary centres have their different marketing strategy. Maybe I have think too much. HAHAHA.

Ask yourself before you choose a Veterinary Centre / Clinic / Hospital in Singapore or any part of the world.

  1. Why is this particular veterinary centre famous?
  2. You go there because it is a famous veterinary services or you believe famous means BEST veterinary centre with all latest technology and equipments?
  3. Do you know which veterinarian is famous in the veterinary centre?
  4. Do you know the famous veterinarian is best in which area or operation?
  5. How reliable is this veterinary centre / Do they have cases (good or bad) before?
  6. What make these veterinary service centre famous?
  7. And most important, do you have the chance to see the famous, best, experience veterinarian if you visit?
  8. If you don’t get to see the famous, best, experience veterinarian, is other veterinarians in the veterinary clinic/hospital as good as him/her?

So think about these question before choosing a veterinary centre in your next visit.

Singapore Veterinarians – Share your experiences!

Singapore Veterinarians. Good and bad experiences? Favourite Singapore Veterinarians in mind?

Singapore Veterinarians are not only getting more competitions but also getting more stress over social media reports, articles, blogs, and Facebook postings. A lot of people condemned Singapore Veterinarians, saying Singapore Veterinarians are inexperience, business minded, not caring enough to their little pets, but to me, I don’t agree to these saying. There may be a few rotten apples, but I don’t believe in ALL apples are rotten!

Happy Boy, had seen 5 different veterinarians in Singapore in less than half a year in 2012 because of his anal glands problem. It gave me a lot of headaches! After experiences so many Singapore Veterinarians, i came out with this answer regarding Singapore Veterinarians and veterinary services.

Most of you will try google “Singapore Veterinarians” or maybe “Vet in Singapore” and read up comments related to Singapore Veterinarians. But I don’t really believe in forums comments, a lot of the comments look so FAKE.

Choosing the best veterinarians among so many Singapore Veterinarians are not easy. I will share with you my experiences with Singapore Veterinarians and what I look up for when searching for veterinarians. Importance of finding a good veterinarian will definitely benefits your dogs

Singapore Veterinarians

This is a Singapore Pets Magazine, and in Dec 2012, they came out a book on Pet’s Health, with 30 Singapore Veterinarians to discuss about common pets (Dogs and Cats) health issues in Singapore. It is a good magazine for pet’s owner to understand what are the common dogs or cats problems in Singapore.

I’m sure the 30 Singapore Veterinarians interviewed in this magazine are the most experience and best veterinarians in Singapore you could choose from.

What do I look out for when choosing veterinarian for my dog? Why is this particular Singapore Veterinarian categorise as our favourite and best veterinarian among so many other veterinarians in Singapore?

This is my personal thinking and through my experiences:

  1. A professional veterinarian should always love animals, and should not afraid of the animal that they going to examine.
    • Dr Cheryl handle Happy Boy very well, Happy Boy didn’t struggle a lot when she examine him. The feeling is not same as visiting other clinics where he will struggle, scare, jump and run away. Happy Boy even shake its friendly tail.
    • I have even seen a veterinarian that is so scare of my dog, the moment he see my dog, the veterinarian will bring out dog muzzle and put it on Happy Boy! Come on, Mr Veterinarian, what if it’s a BIG DOG? Are you going to faint?
    • I also seen a veterinarian who cannot handle my dog and let him fell from a high table! WTH?!?! TERRIBLE VETERINARIAN!
  2. A professional veterinarian should NOT be pushy and don’t FORCE client into thinking what they think is correct. I have seen veterinarians that force me into thinking that’s the only solution, if you don’t listen, your pet will not recover and die.
    • Dr Cheryl explained things to me in detail. She is not pushy and get me to try all kinds of test or products.
  3. An experienced veterinarian doesn’t mean that he or she is old, means they are experienced. I prefer to choose a veterinarian that experience in hospital type of environment. Maybe is a psychology, I feel that veterinarian who works in animal hospital see more serious cases and do more bigger operations than the smaller clinic.
  4. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to a particular veterinarian, I think you should change a veterinarian. It is very important to find a HONEST VETERINARIAN, a Veterinarian that you trust!
  5. Happy Boy’s anal glands bursted 2 times within 1 and a half months last year, and I’m very scare that there will be a 3rd time. There was one veterinarian told me that some dog’s owner will decide to do an operation to remove the anal gland and problem will be solved! This particular veterinarian is very keen to operate my dog. He even called me and told me he got ready the information for me to read and know about this operation. But when I consulted Dr Cheryl on this, she pushed away the explanation about the operation and told me don’t think of that at the moment. Operation should always be the last choice to think of…..
    • I have heard of people complaining veterinarians “opened up” their dogs, end up nothing found, and not even that serious that need an operation. But the veterinarian still charge them a $2k for the whole process and nothing was found.
  6. Pet’s owner should be understanding too, yes, veterinarian is an animal doctor, but that doesn’t mean they know everything! If doctors know everything, we already have medicines for all sorts of flu, H7N9, SARS, Dengue or even AIDs. I have an encountered veterinarian that tell me rubbish because they doesn’t want you to know they actually don’t know the answer.
    • A veterinarian should always be honest, don’t let them treat your pet as guinea pig to test out their skill and be famous.
    • If the veterinarians are not sure about the answer, they should do research and promise to get back to you an answer on your next visit.

A good veterinarian should NOT always think of EARNING money from clients. A pet business is a long term business, must always think of LONG TERM relationship. Don’t forget, a dog can live up to 10-15years! And word of mouth and social media can kill your business.

Share your experiences with us! Who is your favourite and best Veterinarians in Singapore.

My First Dog – HAPPY BOY!

How Happy Boy and I met?

Happy Boy and I met in November, 2008. He is my first dog, and also the first dog in our family. When we got him, we have no idea how to take care of dogs. All we know is… feed him, play with him, bring him for walk, train him to pee and poo on tray, and when he is sick, bring him to veterinarian. He looks very cute, innocent and active, excited with everything, and only think about playing! HAHA!

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Singapore Pasir Ris has a lot of pet farms, this is where I found my dog, Happy Boy. He was not a very clean and neat dog when I first see him. The seller bring him and his brother out into a fence up area for me to choose, he is a very active dog, I love the way he run and disturb his brother. When I called the 2 dogs, Happy came to me and allow me to touch him before he ran away again. His brother did not came to me. I went over to touch his brother, Happy came over to me again and wanted me to play with him.

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So therefore, I think Happy like me to be his owner and I always think he is the one that chosen me, and not I choose him. I always think I’m very lucky that i found a healthy puppy which grew up into a healthy adult dog. To be honest, I know nothing about dogs at all at that moment!

Of course as time goes by…… I know more and more about dogs. I read up more on dogs, visit the vet, and start to have doggie meet up. This is a very good way to know more about dogs and yes, socialising is very important to dogs. Dog that socialise will behave better than dogs that are not socialise since young. We will discuss more when we discuss about importance of socalising dogs in the later topic.