It's ideal to do it early but you can socialize a dog later as well. But don't forget. Socialization doesn't mean strangers petting the dog. Doesn't mean playing with random dogs at the dog park. It means getting your dog to exist undisturbed in a variety of environments. It should exist around people. It shouldn't expect them to greet it, shouldn't want to greet them. They don't have any business petting it and it doesn't need to learn to pay attention to distractions anyway. Out in public it's sole focus should be you, nothing else at all. It should simply be neutral at their existence, that's what socialization is. The only people it needs to learn physical interaction with are people who will be a regular part of it's life. The vet. Neighbors that may watch it from time to time, family members, friends that come over often and so on. There's literally no reason at all for it to interact with random strangers or dogs. That can bring nothing positive and can ONLY bring negatives. Often it won't, but it just takes one 1 bad experience to wreck months of training and socialization/confidence. Never be afraid to say no. I've had to put my dog behind me and physically place myself between strangers and my dog because they think dogs are public property.
At that age things can be overwhelming and new issues can crop up if you introduce too much too fast or in the wrong way. So honestly I'd prefer to take it slow anyway. It sounds like you're on the right track. Don't panic.
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Whelp Date: Feb 11, 2018
Correct bad behavior, don't redirect. Redirecting is rewarding, not resolving.
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