amazincc wrote:I'm still majorly confused.
How does NOT socializing and exposing a puppy to all sorts of things and people make for a well-rounded dog in the future?
It doesn't. It often makes dogs that can be handled by only a select few people, can't be out in public, and are unpredictable.
I know of a person who picks the most defensive, fearful, standoffish puppies for protection work. I'm sure you can guess what those dogs are like when they are adults. I met a bunch of them, and they were completely unapproachable for any reason.
Exposing puppies to everything under the sun doesn't mask problems, it prevents them (or causes them if it's done wrong.)
I've been around a TON of dogs in protection sports, quite literally hundreds while on the field as a photographer. It's very rare that I've been asked to move (or even leave the field) because the dog couldn't tell the difference between me and decoy. Those also seem to be the same dogs that you can't approach off of the field either. I don't think that's a coincidence.