I can not stress enough how important proper socialization is. It is one of the most important things you will do with your puppy prior to them turning 5 months old. After that window if they have not seen whatever/whoever it is, it takes longer for them to be comforatable and you can end up with unwanted behaviors such as barking, nervousness or fear.
I always take my puppies to puppy kindergarten as a way to get used to car rides, a new place and different people/dogs. Keep them safe by carrying them before their 2nd vaccine and not going to “doggie” places like pet stores and dog parks.
With that being said… be responsible and an advocate for your puppy. You don’t expect your kids to love everyone they meet or to want a hug from the big scary guy with a beard and a hat so please don’t expect your dog to be OK with it. If your puppy is afraid of someone let them be. Talk to the person and if the puppy decides they want to investigate after a while then let them. Just don’t expect your puppy to be OK in every situation. They take ques from you and as they learn that you will protect them from scary things they also become more confident in if you like something they will too.
Ages – babies, toddlers, kids, teens, adults elderly
All different sizes
As many ethnicities as possible
All different personalities
Checking paws and ears
Teeth Check and Brushing
Being Towled Off
It’s important that your puppy learns that being alone is OK. Start with short periods. Do not leave your puppy in the crate all day but much like small kids they need naps and it’s OK to put them in a crate to take one by themselves.