Dog socialization is not a major problem with Golden Retrievers. They are known to be easy going, laid back and friendly dogs that get along well with people, children, as well as other pets. They rarely display aggression which is why they are not considered suitable as watch dogs.
The American Kennel Club Breed Standards for the Golden Retriever lists temperament as one of the parameters. According to the guideline and I quote, “the temperament of Goldens is friendly, reliable and trustworthy. Quarrelsomeness or hostility towards other dogs or people in normal situations is not in keeping with Golden Retriever character. Unwarranted show of timidity or nervousness is also not in keeping with Golden Retriever character”
In other words, a Golden is a sociable dog and in the unlikely situation that it does not fall into this norm, the behavior has to be rectified in a suitable manner. Socializing is the process of teaching the dog how to react and respond to people, animals, places and situations that it comes across. This process has to preferably begin when your pet is a very young puppy, so that it gets used to the environment in which it lives.
Proper dog socialization ensures that your pet develops a healthy attitude towards the range of people and animals that are likely to cross its path over the years both at your home and in the immediate neighborhood.
At times there is a tendency to be over protective and keep the pet away from situations where there can be a confrontation with other animals. It is advisable to face the situation head on and train your Golden to behave itself rather than hide from the situations.