Raising a Well-Adjusted Puppy

Tips on how to raise a puppy pitbull, and other musings on puppy socialization and training.

All of this super-socializing might seen excessive to some, but something happened to Woody at about seven months of age that prompted me to put my socializing efforts into overdrive, rather than cruise control. One day, out of the blue, with no precipitating event that I could recall, Woody started raising his hackles and emitting a soft growl when he saw certain people or other dogs.

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