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It depends on the dog, honestly. Sam can be outwardly less reactive in busy crowds like that, but in retrospect I think he's often simply overwhelmed and not in a mental state to be actively learning from it, if that makes sense?

If you want to try it, my advice would be to find an out-of-the-way spot where you can see the activity but not a lot of it is passing close by. Sit with her and reward the heck out of calm behavior and any checking in or refocusing on you. You might have to be prepared to call it quits if she gets too worked up, though. Remember that it's the quality of the socialization that counts more than the quantitiy!
 

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I actually don't think it's all common sense! And there's so much conflicting information re: socializing, too. I certainly had to find out by making mistakes... and now I've no doubt I contributed to Sam's current frustration reactivity by allowing him to meet all the dogs in the name of socialization. It can absolutely be a tricky balancing act between what "good" and "bad" socialization means for your dog.
 
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