This month’s “Pearl” should get you thinking about socialization.
Socialization? Why? Of course we all know what that is! (But do we?)
This is a deceptively simple concept, until we remember that we are working with another species entirely, and specifically one which is hardwired to sniff, dig, pull against restraint, jump up or burrow noses into private parts to greet friends, protect food and other resources, and to potentially employ sharp teeth when personal space is invaded. We are attempting to socialize a species which has no natural knowledge or understanding that that carpet is less appropriate for elimination than grass, that hugs and kisses are intended to communicate “love,” or that food can be “off limits” despite being on a perfectly accessible table.
We are addressing a species, which, despite thousands of years of selective breeding, has no hardwired instincts to ignore a vacuum cleaner. We have our work cut out for us!”
Quote from “Social, Civil and Savvy” by Laura VanArendonk Baugh CPDT-KA KPACTP