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What would happen if a puppy is never properly socialized?

He's really skittish around people and sometimes but now often, put in a little growl... So my question is what would happen if he was never socialized too well?
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It really depends on the dog and it's genetic nerve strength. Some dogs grow up in a kennel, coming out only to work and are very social and stable, some dogs are heavily socialized as puppies and are fearful.




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agree with gsdsar. Here is a good thread:
rethinking "popular" early socialization

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What do you think socialization is? That is a serious question. People have different ideas of it.

As gsdsar says, it depends on the dog. I got my puppy right before it got so cold and miserable so he missed the ideal socialization time. However, he has very good nerve so anything he is suspicious of he checks out and recovers quickly.

With your puppy, I would say get a trainer and work on behavior modification. Learn the tools. LAT, BAT.

Socialization is not having your puppy meet a ton of people and dogs. It's exposing him to many new things and helping him work through his fear.




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So would he most likely be aggressive when he's an adult? The breeder I got him from had two young kids and they had even already named the pups and would play with them and all, but the dad is a police dog but they said the mom was more social... So that's why I'm worried about that considering the dad being a police dog. But I wouldn't think that'd have anything to do with genetics since they're trained to be .
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If the dog is of good nerve with balance in the drives and temperament the aggression will only come out when necessary. That does come from genetics, not so much the training or socializing the dog has had.
If your puppy is fearful and shows reactive aggression that is fear based, it is genetic.

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If the dog is of good nerve with balance in the drives and temperament the aggression will only come out when necessary. That does come from genetics, not so much the training or socializing the dog has had.
If your puppy is fearful and shows reactive aggression that is fear based, it is genetic.
Ahhh... Not good, like he growled at my grandmother when she came in my room and I've never had a puppy growl nonplayfully.. So yeah, it kinda threw me off a bit
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so what did you do when that happened?

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Two red flags are the use of "social but protective" and "police dog" (rarely true, just a sales pitch....). Be prepared for anything and everything. I have a genetically weak-nerved dog, and looking back I could have made everything a lot easier if I knew what I was dealing with from the start. Usually with dogs like mine, flooding them with all sorts of new experiences without knowing how to manage it is going to make the problem worse, not better. I definitely agree with learning about LAT/BAT.


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so what did you do when that happened?
Said NO pretty loud.
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