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What do you mean by socializing my puppy?
Working dogs are most effective when they are able to operate in distraction free situations that they are comfortable with. Dogs become uncomfortable when placed in a situation that they are not familiar with. For example, a dog that has never been around a group of people can be perfect on the training grounds with its master, but then be put into a hunting situation or field trial situation with strange people around and be too scared to leave its master’s side, or be so distracted that it doesn’t listen to commands. Some dogs are even prone to biting new people out of fear. This is where socialization as a puppy comes in. Socializing your puppy simply means that you are introducing them to new situations so that they will be able to follow commands without distraction at a later age.
How do I socialize my puppy?
Socializing your puppy will be an ongoing process throughout its developmental stages. Don’t force interactions. Allow your pup to investigate new people on its own and keep voices calm and level so as not to startle your puppy. If socialized properly, a dog will be comfortable no matter who they are around or how many people they are around.
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