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Socializing a new puppy or dog should be high on your priority list when obtaining a new pet, right along with vaccinations, routine veterinary care, and heartworm prevention. Unfortunately puppy socialization isn’t highly prioritized by many first time pet owners, which can lead to serious behavior problems later. Did you ever stop think how your pet my react if there was an emergency at your home? How would your pet react if someone had to retrieve them from your home or care for them while you were unable to? Most pets would be understandably upset, but would your pet overreact? We live in a rural community with little access to group obedience classes, fortunately I’ve obedience trained more than one dog. You don’t necessarily need a formal group obedience class, but they can be a great asset when socializing a new pet. Maybe you already realize the importance of proper socialization, but you’re not sure where or how to begin? Today I’m sharing my best tips for how to socialize your dog, that could make living with them much easier and more enjoyable.