Do you have a dog that's afraid or aggressive to other dogs, people, noises, etc? Does your dog overreact when he/she sees a bicycle, a skateboards, etc. The list could go on and on but hopefully you get the message. Have you seen other dogs that act this way? Sadly, most people can say yes to these questions. The vast majority of these reactions are a direct result of lack of or limited early socialization.
In my experience the vast number of dog owners do not get their puppies the critical early socialization in order to be confident, stable and well mannered in all places and situations that they may encounter throughout their lives. Our dogs need to be socialized with their world including early puppy socialization in a well controlled environment with a well trained and knowledgeable trainer.
This will allow the puppies to freely interact with one another under supervision. Even if you have multiple dogs in your home your puppy still needs to be socialized with other puppies, cats, and anything that they may encounter in their lifetime. The best time to socialize your dog is between the ages of 10 and 20 weeks.
In addition, introducing them to friendly cats, horses, tortoise's and other animals at a very young age will help to avoid fearful responses leading to aggression as they age.
Do not attempt to socialize a puppy at a dog park or with adult dogs that you are not absolutely sure are tolerant of puppies.
Does anyone have advice for picky eaters? Brewster needs to have a teaspoon of wet food mixed with her kibble to eat, but even with that she remains picky. I've read that small dogs can get tired of the protein and need it changed periodically. Any advice or kibble that has worked well for anyone?