It has always been slightly frustrating for me that the fear stages and socializing stages run into each other with puppies. I am always terrified of scaring my puppy in some way that will become a problem in the future, such as the day I took Storm outside to pee and saw people shooting off fireworks. I walked to the front of the driveway (still a good distance from the fireworks, couldn't see people, just the fireworks shooting into the sky). Storm seemed fine at first, but the continual popping sounds eventually scared her. Now she is sound sensitive to guns, thunder (only occasionally) and firecrackers. I definitely cannot afford for this to happen with Jackal as he will be a squirrel dog and must NOT be afraid of guns. So if anyone can give suggestions of ways to socialize him without making him afraid of people or situations I would really appreciate it. I don't want to make dumb mistakes with him just because I didn't know any better. I would appreciate it if everyone could share their own stories of successes or mistakes made during the socializing and fear periods. I find it highly irritated how when people see puppies they immediately start talking in loud, excited voices and get really animated. I want to teach my puppy to greet strangers calmly, not peeing all over himself because he gets excited. Which is one reason Storm is also not very good around kids. For one thing I didn't know very many young children at the time and the ones I did know were too excitable and would not listen to instructions, so I steered clear. So please share any tips, suggestions or stories. Thanks!