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The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is as concerned about dog behavior as we are. Our veterinarians have to deal with our canine companions and would prefer the dogs be happy and well-adjusted, not only as members of our households as well as members of society, but a well-adjusted, well-socialized, confident dog is easier for the veterinarian to examine. Socialization starts with the breeder and the puppies' mother and littermates. Even if it's a mixed breed puppy, the owner of the mother is just as responsible for the puppies as are ethical breeders. The problem is that most of them don't know and don't care. Backyard breeders, puppy mills and commercial breeders get puppies off to such a poor start and those are the dogs who usually end up in shelters.
Here is the AVMA's message about Puppy Socialization that should open a few eyes.