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How old is the dog now?

Socializing properly is hard enough with a puppy, but even harder with an older puppy/adult dog. For a fearful dog, socializing would mean not pushing her at all - ie, walks may not be a good idea if there are lots of other people/dogs around right off the bat. Depending on how secluded she has been, it may be difficult to even get a leash on her and that could take some work and time to accomplish without traumatizing her.

If I were set upon walking the dog, I definitely wouldn't as them if I could 'socialize' their dog. That could put them on the defensive if they take it like you thinking you could raise the dog better than they are. I'd probably say something along the lines of "my dogs seem to have taken a liking to yours and I was wondering if you'd like to join us on our walks in the evening, or if you'd like me to walk her a few times a week?"

I agree with you that the life that dog has is no life for a dog, but at the end of the day, there are definitely dogs who have it worse.
 
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