...teach puppies to live without fear.
How do we do that?
We teach puppies through positive experience. Pups learn that most things in our society are not threats. They may look, sound, act and smell like threats but they are just part of the human experience.
I hear the same story again and again...
"We were told to wait until 4 months to socialize."
Most Veterinarians I speak with now are on the same page with "Safe" early socialization that does not expose puppies to dog germs.
The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB)
Quote: "American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated. Puppies should be about the same age and have the same level of vaccinations if they play together."
Not socializing puppies can increase fear as they get older.
Biting can cost you a lot money.
Fear can lead to biting.
How your dog's fear can hurt your wallet.
To be even more clear: Fear can lead to biting. Biting leads to even more behavioral work (which means more money) or worse, you get taken to court for your dog's actions and or your dog goes bye-bye forever.
Socialization and Training are insurance against most behavior issues.
It will reduce your chances of being liable for your dog's inappropriate actions.
It will increase the likelihood of your dog being the exact dog you always wanted.
Trainers actually see these issues with clients who don't socialize theit dogs. I'm not trying to scare you. Just giving you the inside information on what really happens in the world of dogs. Starting to see why I think the risk of not socializing may be worse than the risk of dog germs? It's your choice, I'll work with you whatever you choose to do.