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The Necessity of Early Socialization, Dr. Houlihan of the AVMA


Socialization has become a buzz word. People know the word, care about socializing their pet but exactly what does it mean? I talk with Dr. Kendall Houlihan, assistant director of animal welfare about the topic on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show.

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Indeed socialization is imperative – and we talk about why that is the case.

Regarding dogs, well-meaning people are “over-socialization,” sometimes flooding, forcing the issue and that does more harm than good.

We also chat about puppy classes and also kitten classes, and why they are so important.


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