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Puppies naturally love every person they meet. But as the puppy grows into adulthood he or she can become anti-social or mean to children and adults he does not know, unless he has been socialized correctly. No one enjoys a mean or temperamental dog making friends and strangers feel uncomfortable, so socializing a puppy is very important to his overall behavioral training. Below you will find a few tips for helping you through this process resulting in a dog people love to be around.
When socializing a puppy, the owners aim needs to be focused on producing a pup/dog that is comfortable in both familiar and unfamiliar situations he is confronted with. He should not be aggressive to other dogs or strangers you and he may meet while out walking, or when people come to your home for a visit. He should be at ease when the children in the neighborhood try to pet him, and not go ballistic because the mailman comes on his turf.
From the time you bring the pup home you should be actively introducing him to other people, other dogs, and new environments like the park or doggy playground in your town. Allow him to experience these things without forcing him to accept more than he is capable of as a pup.
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