When preparing to socialize your puppy, please be aware that different veterinarians have different vaccination protocols which need to be respected. Remember that socialization before your puppy’s series of vaccinations is complete must be done responsibly. When pups are young and small you can carry them in your arms or take a mat to place on the ground when socializing them. That said, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of early socialization. You will realize the importance of this if you carefully consider the mission statement of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists (AVSAB). In part it states that incomplete or improper socialization during the 7-12 week period can increase the risk of behavior problems later in life, including fear, avoidance and/or aggression. The AVSAB also points out that behavior problems are the number one reason for relinquishment to shelters. It adds that today behavioral issues, not disease, are the number one cause of death in dogs less and 3 years of age (AVSAB, 2008).