Socializing Your Pet: And Meeting Your Neighbors

Boston

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When we finally got Bacon we knew that an important part of raising a puppy who becomes a well adjusted dog is socializing him from a very young age. What we didn't realize was just how much that would, in turn, socialize us...

We moved into our new apartment in May and were friendly with our neighbors—would say hello in passing—but things changed drastically in July when Bacon came. Now we are in and out of the apartment more than ever, spending a great deal of time in our tiny gated yard, and sometimes feel like we know everyone in the neighborhood.

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Bacon makes friends much easier than we do—clearly—so it feels like he has actually been socializing us while we thought we were socializing him. We've swapped keys with our upstairs neighbor who Baconsits for us and chat almost daily while our puppies play; we've made friends with the neighborhood dog walker and practically every other dog owner on the street; overall, we feel much more connected to our local community and the daily happenings in our nieghborhood than we did before having a dog.

Has owning a dog changed how you relate to and interact with your community?