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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by goodvic2, Jul 19, 2009.


  1. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Hi.

    Just wondering..........

    How many of you puppy owners are aware of the optimum socialization period for your new pups?

    That being 6-12 weeks (some argue up to 16 weeks, but most up to 12 weeks)

    If so how did you get this information? :)
     
  2. hazel pritchard

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    Our vet runs a puppy playschool for pups, from first injection untill they are covered to go out into the big world,i took both mine to this once a week,not only to socialise them but also to get them used to going into the vets.
     
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    For some reason Mika had his puppy party a bit late - he was the oldest of all the other puppies don't know why the vets invited him so late in the puppy stage..my guess is people didn't have a lot of puppies lol

    I was aware of the socialisation period....but i think mika was brave enough to take his first steps in the big world at 15 weeks because he was a wimp at 13 weeks to go out properly. he he. But he soon decided he was a big brave boy and ventured out there and we've had no problems with socialising hijm - YET. lol

    His party was unsuccessful though - he was for some reason afraid of meeting the puppies and he's normally very good with other dogs...methinks having a puppy party at the vets surgery wasn't a good idea lol!
     
  4. sequeena

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    I just knew, it's probably because my mum has always had dogs and she always included me in their bringing up :)

    The second day we had Sky I put her inside my coat and took her around my town and even into my local spar. She was completely fussed over :D
     
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    Like Sequeena, my family have always had dogs and so it seems like something I have known forever - sort of on a par with not to talk to strangers and how to cross the road properly (if you see what I mean!)

    For new owners, however, the breeder of your puppy should make sure you know this information - not only that, but as they should not have let the puppy come to you until he/she was at least 8 weeks old, they should have already started socialising the puppy and should let you know what they have done and how the pup is progressing.
     
  6. SpringerHusky

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    with bear, I lugged him around in a backpack and let him meet other dogs and people that way. I also had maya and barney so that helped socialize him and as soo n as he was old enough to walk he was around a pack of dogs. I also took him for trips into town and being a puppy, everyone flood to see him :D
     
  7. davehyde

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    yep, theres nothing like a new puppy being shown the big wide world. when mine was being socialised i used to sit on the market for a brew and it seemed the whole world wanted to pet him.

    he loved it and is now a very well mannered and social dog.

    the only thing that phases him is if a lorry suddenly releases the air from its brake tank. it's a big loud sudden hiss.
     
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    I was told by my vet when we went for his first jab, luckily we know alot of dog owners so he's met plenty of new doggy faces, and we went to the puppy party the other day so he got to socialise with puppies. My best friend got two pups in the same week as me, they are going to meet tonight!
     
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    Yes, I was aware of that, always known that.
     
  10. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    Thanks for all your replies.

    It does seem that a lot of people are so focused on not letting their pups out until they've had their jabs, that they miss this crucial period.

    I would far rather deal with a medical problem than a behavioural one! x
     
  11. Jazzy

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    Our puppy is 14 weeks today. She was nearly ten weeks when we bought her and had to stay in for just one week because we had her second innoculation done more or less straight away. She is a very confident little puppy with people and other dogs.:D Nothing scares her at all.
     
  12. Opheliac

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    I found it out from a book (can't remember which now) My puppy is 10 weeks old on Monday and he was well socialised by the lady I got him from and I've been taking him out for "carries" (lol) and short car rides aswell, he was a little bit nervous the first time he went out of the house, but everytime he saw a person coming his way, his little tail started wagging like mad :D
     
  13. Changes

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    There you are :D I have missed you x x x
     
  14. Opheliac

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    Aww, thanks :eek: I've missed you too :)
     
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    I can't believe Lady will be 1 in 3 weeks!!!!! (ish) when both mine were young I used to carry them through the town to get used to busses, traffic and lots of people touching them and walking by them, I also took them down to the railway line and and once they had all jabs I took them to the local (very busy) shopping centre and we sat for ages getting used to the trollies, people walking by with bags, umbrellas etc...also lots of wheelchairs. I now have 2 very well adjusted dogs, though I have to say I don't think socialisation should be always stuck to a tight regieme as some believe, judge it on YOUR dog, you know how well your pup reacts to thing... I have to say I think 6 weeks is a little young for some pups to experience things!! (srry, just my opinion ) xx:smilewinkgrin:
     
  16. Stellabelly

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    My vet says that the first 10 weeks of a puppy's life are the most important for introducing them to other dogs, noises and different things as in that period determines what they may be frightened or aggressive towards as they grow up.
     
  17. Bex190

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    I got Gwen Bailey's "The Perfect Puppy" and Dr Ian Dunbar's "Before and After Getting Your Puppy" both of which stress the importance of the socialisation period. Because of this I had already planned out lots of places and different situations I can carry my puppy to before I got him.
     
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    Oscar's breeder was very hot on this, they had a few dogs at home and wanted the pups to stay as long as possible so they had this interaction period. Oscar was allowed home to me at 7 weeks because I have another dog and vaccinated dogs visiting my house, so they were sure he'd get this. They insisted on keeping the other pups who were going to single dog homes.

    I think this was very responsible because theres nothing worse than coming across an unsociale dog when you're out! Unsociable owners are bad enough! ;)
     
  19. Classyellie

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    I knew because of already having a dog but I bought and read Gwen Bailey's "The Perfect Puppy" before I bought Pippa home anyway.

    She has to wait another week before she can go out for walkies but I've been carrying her around outside since I bought her home to socialise her and she's also been for trips in the car.
     
  20. DKDREAM

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    I knew that too, I got leaflets from our vets about it But i guess they are always learning as life goes on just like we do.
     
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