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How can having a dog help me become more social?

Having a dog usually gets people out walking in places they may not have walked before such as a park.  While on your walk, you will almost always encounter someone else along the way.  Invariably they will inquire as to the breed, comment on "how cute" your dog is, ask his or her name, etc.  This provides the opportunity to continue the conversation and start to become more at ease talking to people.

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