Socialization: Walking around carrying a screaming puppy.
We started socialization by carrying Lucy around and asking random people to pet her. She didn’t like being carried and would scream / cry after about ten minutes. Our vet said it would be ok to let her walk on the sidewalk so we started to put her down.
Then we met some other puppies. I found (thanks google) a dog trainer near us. She had puppy play time and puppy kindergarten classes available at her training studio.
I was surprised at how shy Lucy was during the first play group. And the chaotic puppy classes became mini therapy sessions for us strung out puppy parents.
We still go to classes with the trainer, Elizabeth. If you are in Brooklyn and looking for a great positive reinforcement dog trainer I highly recommend Elizabeth and her staff at The Dog Institute.
I’ll end with two resources that helped me learn about puppies: