Now, however, many dog professionals feel it is more important to expose the little one to the world at large at a young age, while trying to control exposure to disease as much as possible.
Some people feel that if a dog has canine siblings or friends that are a regular part of their lives, that the socialization can then be checked off the “what to train the new dog” to-do list. However, to help your dog become comfortable and friendly with all dogs, it’s important to continue exposing your four-legged friend to new and unknown dogs. This is how they learn to read and understand canine body language, appropriate play skills, and to be comfortable with greetings.
Socialization goes beyond just meeting other dogs. It also involves other people, places, and situations. Big men, little kids, men with beards or glasses or hats. Women in skirts or pants. Wheelchairs, crutches, canes. Strollers and bikes. Boys and girls. Noisy places and quiet places. Crowds and empty spaces.
Try to have a new adventure on a regular basis, and you will help your dog become a wonderful companion that is welcome everywhere. Just remember, it takes regular practice. Enjoy the journey together.