Puppy Myth Buster #6

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Socialization

The number one danger to my puppy is taking him out in public before he has had all his shots.

True or False

Answer: False

The number one danger to the health of your dog is not having a proactive, positive social experience. Socialization is a process during which a puppy develops positive relationships with other living beings and their environment through exposure. Dogs will respond confidently and easily to new circumstances later in life, if they are exposed to unusual situations, unfamiliar surroundings and people as a puppy. You run a far greater risk of ending up with a dog who can’t cope with day-to-day encounters if he’s not properly socialized at a young age. The number one killer of young dogs is still euthanasia due to preventable behavioral problems, not a contagious canine virus picked up due to a lack of immunities.

Take a calculated risk: You must be prudent when you are out in public. You need to be cautious and manage all your puppy’s encounters. Socialize your puppy responsibly and safely.

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