Features October 2015 Issue

What is “Proper Socialization”—and How Do You Make Sure Your Puppy Gets It?

If your dog is fearful, timid, or shy around others, there may be steps you can take to make her more social.

In 2008, the American Veterinary Society for Animal Behavior (AVSAB) released a statement affirming that puppy socialization is a critically important tool in the development of a behaviorally normal dog. The organization also confirmed that the risk of a puppy contracting a serious or fatal disease during proper socialization efforts is far less than the risk of a dog later being given up or euthanized due to behavior problems that developed as a result of a lack of socialization. This is an absolutely critical accomplishment for your dog.

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