A friend threw this nugget my way last week: puppies or dogs should not be socialised outside of their homes for more than 5 minutes a day because it's too stressful for them. She got this from a 2-day seminar she went to presented by a famous dog trainer here in Spain (her: "He's Spain's Cesar Milan!", me: groan ). She's just the nicest woman with the biggest heart for animals. I met her looking for a dog here and she's the reason I got Toby/Alf the Bodeguero. She works tirelessly despite horrible odds. However, I'm really concerned that she is taking this "expert's" ideas as the best way, especially in light of the fact that from what I've seen, the biggest problem with the adoptability factor for homeless dogs here is an immense lack of socialisation. The idea that a dog "expert" would preach that it is not only not advisable but HARMFUL for a dog to be allowed outside his home and socialised for more than five minutes a day (and that only after all his vaccinations, mind you) is completely bonkers to me. OK, maybe not everyone straps their 8 week old puppy into a baby sling and essentially wears him for the first month like I did, but never outside the house? Yikes! Any suggestions of articles, short videos, studies that I could share with her? I do not want to come across as preachy or antagonistic, but just want a good strategy to counteract the viewpoint from this seminar. At the time of our discussion, I played dumb (easy to do with my poor Spanish) and said something about how much I'd socialised my dogs as small puppies and how much they loved people because of it, but I could kind of tell she wasn't buying it.