Socializing your dog does not mean taking your dog to a dog park and letting him/her play with a bunch of other dogs. As much fun as that can be, it’s really not teaching your dog anything.
Bringing your dog around another dog or person should involve leash skills, the skill to stay and teaching your dog how to be calm around other dogs and people.
The leash should be used to control your dog’s behavior when introduced to a person or a dog.
In some countries, for example Germany, dogs go everywhere with their owners. When left outside a store, the dog has to remain calmly in a stay and wait for his/her owner to return. A dog who barks or lunges at people would not be able to go on these excursions. Another example are restaurants in Germany, that allow dogs. The dog has to be quiet and well behaved, not begging for food and slobbering all over the place.
Socialization really means, to cope calmly and obediently with various situations.
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