Positive proactive socialization – process of exposing puppies and dogs to novel environmental and social stimuli in a positive way.

Empower dogs to confidently approach the situations they encounter daily.

Prevent fearful, aggressive, and/or reactive behavior.

In positive proactive socialization stack the odds in our favor, pairing new things with happy things such as food and toys

Life-long activity

Novel stimuli + Good things = Proactive socialization

  • Give the opportunity to watch many different types of people and other things
  • Encourage to explore many different objects and situations as possible
  • Different surfaces
  • Sounds
  • Types of weather
  • Kinds of vehicles

Allow progress at their pace, be positive and supportive.


  • People: children/seniors, tall/short, bald/with hats, sun glasses, racially diverse, wheelchairs and other medical equipment
  • Other dogs: tiny/huge, long hair/ short hair, floppy ears, cropped ears, smoosh face, and no tails
  • Other animals: cats, birds, livestock, rabbits, squirrels
  • Sounds: thunderstorms, fireworks, buzzers/alarms, hairdryer, vacuum, lawn care items
  • Surfaces: grass, concrete, snow, puddles, stairs, grates, and rocks
  • Places: vets, training class, other homes, hotels, and outdoor cafe

Socialization List

Stress signals to look for:

  • Lip licking
  • Averting gaze
  • Tucked tail or hind end
  • Yawning
  • Scratching
  • Turning body away
  • Whale eye