Five stars for Sam – no question about it.My wife and I have two dogs, one of which is a 6 years old lab mix named Boston weighing 50 lbs.  I adopted Boston when he was about 12 weeks old and he immediately took to me but I soon realized that new strangers terrified him.  He would run and hide behind the couch when anyone new would be around.  Over the years his fear only seemed to get worse and he became somewhat aggressive—to the point where he would run up behind people and nip at their heels and legs when visitors were in our house.  Our solution (admittedly probably making it worse by not socializing him) was to put him away in the bedroom whenever guests were in the house.  We didn’t feel that we could trust him to be around anyone for fear that he would become more aggressive and bite someone causing more serious damage.  The lack of socialization made it hard to go on walks in public because seeing other dogs brought on a ton of excitement, barking, leash pulling, etc …

Justin Zacharias,