Socialization means more than just letting your puppy meet other people and other dogs. It mean introducing your puppy to new sights, smells, sounds and experiences each and every day BEFORE your puppy is 20 weeks old, It is a crucial step to raising a friendly, confident dog and should not be skipped. Its extremely important that you puppy should enjoy socialization.
Up until 3-4 months of age your puppy’s brain is open to everything he comes across the so called critical socialization window. After that. he’s genetically pre-programmed to become wary of new things, making it much harder to shape him into an easygoing, friendly adult dog.
Socialization is like a behavioral vaccination for your puppy. When successfully carried out it significantly decreases the chances of your puppy developing fear or aggression.
Better vaccinations have dramatically reduced the risk of your puppy contracting a disease from another puppy. We don’t recommend taking him to the dog park before he is fully vaccinated, but it’s much safer than it used to be for your puppy to play with healthy, partially vaccinated puppies. In fact, the risk of a dog being relinquished to a shelter or even euthanized because of a behavior problem is far greater than the risk of him contracting a serious disease from another puppy.