Re: Socialization Regrets
My 7 month old Oakley was introduced to EVERYTHING since 8 weeks of age.....huge rain storms, vacuum cleaners, walks on a busy road, puppy play group, puppy daycare, water (but does not like), sign spinners (haha), children - many of them, kids on bikes and skateboards, local farmer's markets full of strangers and other dogs......She does well, but stays away from the vacuum. I've been taking her to puppy daycare since she was 8 weeks old but she began drooling excessively (sign of anxiety, nervousness) when I'd take her. I don't know if she just grew to hate car rides, but the drooling never happened until around 3.5 - 4 months. We have taken a break since she contracted puppy papilloma from the daycare (ugh) so we are waiting for that to run it's course and do not want her exposed to other dogs until they are completely gone. Luckily, they are mostly gone at this point.
She was exposed to so much, but as she got older, she chose what she was OK with and what she was not, even though she was introduced. She has met plenty of strangers, but will still bark at people passing by, along our fence line.