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What is socialization?
Q. Why do I need to socialize my puppy? She already loves the world.
A. Don’t be fooled. Puppies are happy-go-lucky for the first 36 months of their lives, but they can become fearful of and growly around everything from the mail carrier to toddlers if you don’t actively prevent it.
Q. What happens if I don’t socialize my puppy?
A. Under-socialization is the primary reason dogs develop behavior problems like aggression and fearfulness.
Q. Why the urgency? Can’t I do this later?
A. Socialization is a lifelong project, yes. But the all-important groundwork must happen in the first 3 months of your puppy’s life. After that, the critical window of socialization closesaround the time when, in nature, the dog would have to start fending for himself.