Your dog needs to be socialized from the time you make him/ her part of the family. If you have them around different age groups and other home pets, you will have a friendly dog.
Remember that your pets are a lifetime commitment. They ask so little and give so much. Make sure that you are in charge and your dog will sense it. Talk to them as if they are human and they will understand a lot of your conversation as you continue to do this.
I have to disagree with you about talking to your dogs as humans. They are not humans and have a language of their own. We'd be better to learn to communicate in their language with our bodies and our eyes. I have a dog that does not respond very well to a lot of talking. He's much more calm with as few words as possible. It is true they can learn key words and respond to those very well. But, please do not treat your dog as a human. There are too many dogs out there that will become very frustrated and behavior problems will follow. Remember they are not humans in furry suits!
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