Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: LonG Island, New Yawk
Most every vet is going to tell you that to socialize him, invite people over, and expose him to as many different things in your home and yard as you can. Vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, kids playing, baths, birds hopping around, cats, cardboard boxes and paper bags to play in, kiddie pool filled with balls or other toys... Anything you can think of to have him hear, feel, climb on and safely interact with.
He won't need a bunch of walking yet. He can burn off energy with play, and basic training is mental stimulation which also will tire a dog out! Sit, down and stay are great, and you can also begin "watch me".
Socialization to many people doesn't mean "go out an interact with people" so much as it means "expose the puppy to new sights and sounds and teach him to pretty much accept those things as background stimuli while focusing on YOU". I also did a lot of environmental socialization locally, which meant exposing my pup to different surface textures (mud, snow, grass, sand, rocky soil, climbing on logs, light exposure to stairs, etc).
In full disclosure I did take my guy out to places where there was not heavy people/dog traffic, BUT there was sure to be deer and raccoon/possum around so I had to be careful and watch him so he wouldn't eat poop if it was on the ground, and I had to try and keep him from drinking out of puddles. I also had to take some ticks off of him afterward. I live in a suburban area with some open spaces nearby so I felt I could balance his health with some environmental exposure. Had I lived in an urban environment, I would not have done this. Too many city people are anti-vax with their dogs. I didn't even take my pup to the little downtown area until he had several rounds of his shots.