TIP #1: SOCIALIZE WITH PLAY
Everyone in the family, including children, should play with their dogs. Even young children can be suitable playmates for many dogs (with close adult supervision). Assuming your dog likes to play, the more humans she gets to play with, the more humans she'll think are wonderful because they make good stuff happen, and the better socialized she'll be. Dogs who are well-socialized are far less likely to bite or otherwise engage in behaviors that are likely to get them into serious trouble.
In addition, the more that each family member has fun interacting with the dog, the more likely it is that the dog will stay in that home for her entire life. Play helps build strong bonds, and relationships that support lifelong loving homes for canine family members.
- excerpted from The Whole Dog Journal
TIP #2: PRACTICE SOCIALIZATION SKILLS
"I encourage people to work with their dogs outside of post offices and in front of storefronts. This helps with a dog’s socialization skills, as well as attention. Dogs can practice the sit for introductions, the leave it, and watch me commands, and stay and heel exercises."
- Marian Pott, Miramar Dog Training
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI