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As a new owner, you will see that there are a lot of things to learn about.
1. Dogs go through developmental cycles. The recommendations from Vets and from behaviorists from as far back as Scott & Fuller more than 40 years ago is to socialize dogs, so that they will behave more predictably, not reacting poorly to new people, dogs, animals, and situations.
2. Dr. Ian Dunbar DVM, Ph.D. documented a method for socializing dogs. You can find his books online, but see the summary below.
3. Quick summary - go meet some local dog owners, find some with friendly, social dogs, and let your dog interact with them, so that he learns that dogs are friendly. You can try this in someone's backyard, first, or in the common field. And slowly introduce more new friendly dogs. A large friendly adult Lab or Golden may be a good start.
 
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