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Why Dog Parks Aren't Always Ideal for Socialization

Many pet parents who frequent dog parks go there because they believe their dogs need the opportunity to socialize with other canines. But do they? How to tell if dog parks are appropriate for your pet and know when it may be best to avoid them.

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STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Puppies who are well-socialized are much more likely to adapt to the unexpected social situations they will encounter throughout their lives
  • You want your puppy to learn early how to respond, even in unexpected situations, which is why you should begin his socialization the day you bring him home
  • Calm, confident, well-behaved dogs are created, not born; it’s your responsibility to raise a well-adjusted puppy so he becomes a balanced, adaptable adult dog

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