I think that there is a distinction between the question(s) that you
are asking, so I will try to parse it out as *I* read it- correct me if I
It sounds like what you are saying is that you DO see the value in
socializing your pup to new things. Good. But, from what I read, you
understand that there are people and dogs out there who don't like dogs,
and you are wondering how to introduce your dog to this situation, because
if dog loving people& dogs are the only kind the pup meets, then it will
think that all are friendly.
okay, I hope that I am right so far.
If so, then we are talking about two completely different things. One is
socialization, the other is training.
Socialization involves exposing your dog to new things so the dog is
confident and outgoing. Training is when you teach your dog to not
approach other people and dogs without your permission. As you have
noticed some people don't like dogs (maybe they were not properly
socialized :-)...) Anyway, Your dog will need to know when it can and
cannot approach others.
I don't think that there's alot to gain by purposefully introducing him
to dog-haters, it's not fair to the dog, or to the hater.... You will,
however, need to teach the dog how to approach, or not approach others.
I empathize with your question, because my dogs think that *almost* all
other dogs are dying to play with them, but I hold them off until I know
that play is allowed, and they are forbidden from approaching a dog that
is on leash without permission.
So, yes, dogs need to learn when it is appropriate to approach people
& dogs, certainly, but that is a training issue, not a "negative
>Just wondering if any of you all feel it is necessary to socialize
>your puppy to negative situations, as well as positive? I don't mean
>things like car rides, loud noises, etc, but things like people or other
>dogs that simply don't like puppies? For instance, my grandmother hates
>dogs. So does my aunt's dog (tho my aunt is friendly :)) should I
>introduce my puppy to people who are cold towards dogs? If she only
>meets friendly peole, will she feel upset if some people don't like
>her? It's just a fact of life that not everybody will like my dog -
>should she get used to it early?
> (Rhetorical question only - I don't have a pup yet)
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