Just because you bring home a golden retriever, does not mean she is going to love everyone and every dog she comes in contact with. dog owners often assume that dogs are just friendly by nature and so they do not give much thought to socializing their dog.
Socializing a dog just may be the single, most important thing a new owner can do, especially with a puppy. Puppies have a socialization window that starts before you even get them, and ends around 12-16 weeks. During this time, the more positive experiences your dog has with other dogs (small, large, short hair, long hair) and people (old, young, with hats, beards, in wheelchairs, etc) the more friendly your dog is likely to become.
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