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Learning vast amount of knowledge from the Joda's of this Forum. One of the practices that we have adopted, is to socialize Red to many instances, peoples and situations; so that he is not shy or surprise, with the comings and goings of the world. This morning, he showed an inquisitive look, to constructions workers, handling an excavation project near by with heavy equipment. I took the opportunity to get him close to it, and after a few minutes of loud noises and cranes swinging close by moving dirt; he was unfazed by the new situation. Introducing the pups to new interactions like this one, constitutes socialization? exposure or both?. It seems to me, that the end result is a positive one for his overall development, no matter the wording designation. Just a curious inquiry, from a new GSD owner. :nerd:
 

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IMO observation=socialization.Keeping at a distance where your dog is curious but not stressed or overwhelmed is perfect:)
 

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Socialization IS exposure to new things. He doesn't need to actually interact with the people/places/things in order to benefit from exposure to them. The most important thing to remember about socialization is that it should always be a positive experience. If it's not, you're doing more harm than good. Somehow, the concept of socialization has become defined by many as forcing puppies and young dogs into new situations whether they are comfortable or not, but it doesn't need to be that, nor should it be. Good job!
 
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If the operator of the excavator is the one who tagged the fence you might want to give him a bit more space. Other than that it looks like he's doing great with his exposure or socialisation or whatever you wanna call it.
 
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