You are probably aware of how important it is to socialize your puppy. Having good socialization skills will help your dog respond with acceptable and healthy behaviors when faced with situations that may be disturbing or disrupting to their normal routines.
Siblings and Roommates Don’t Count
posted by Cindy Bruckart, February 24th, 2010, dogstardaily.com
I’m often asking dog owners about their dog’s socialization history. Even if the dog owner tells me that their dog is “good with other dogs”, I have to ask more questions. Time and again, the dogs that their dog is good with include the siblings he played with at the breeder’s home, the dog he lives with and a relative’s dog. That’s it.
When I tell them that siblings and roommates don’t count, we get to the truth of the matter. The dog may be nearly a year old and have only met one or two other dogs, besides siblings and roommates. Now, I know that dog owners reading this might not see this as a big problem, as long as the dog was good with those dogs, we should be able to assume he’d be good with others, right? Wrong.
Socialization is a continuing process, not a single event. We can’t say that a human is well socialized if the only people he sees until his teen years are his siblings and his parents. Imagine a child who had only played with his siblings for 14 years being dropped off at middle school! No matter how well he may have played with siblings, I think we’d expect him to be lacking severely in social skills. It’s certainly unfair to expect dogs, with their shorter “childhoods”, to become masters of social grace after being exposed to only two or three of their species.
Read the rest of Cindy’s article.