12-04-2011, 06:07 PM
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Personally, I think it's very important. Having had a reactive dog, having a semi (though much improved) reactive dog, and knowing a few reactive dogs. It makes everything much harder if on the chance your dog does meet another, he doesn't act like a maniac.
Not saying he'll be reactive, but he won't have an easy time reading other dog's body language/calming signals, and won't know how to react accordingly.
Example: my dog was throwing major calming signals to my brother-in-law's dog who was barking at her, and he didn't realize that she was basically telling him "you're boss, don't hurt me." Instead, he kept barking and trying to intimidate her. This is an extreme example, but this dog is one who was also never socialized with other dogs as a puppy. He is great with people.
Last edited by seebrown; 12-04-2011 at 06:11 PM.