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Puppy socializing problem

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by MollyTiggsy, May 27, 2017.


  1. MollyTiggsy

    MollyTiggsy PetForums Newbie

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    Hi!

    I've got a little 9 weeks old puppy who has had her 1st set of vaccines. I'd love to take her out to lunch with me on Sunday and allow her a great opportunity to socialize with lots of random humans. I don't plan to let her near the floor, and especially nowhere near any other dogs (she'll be on her blanket next to me!).

    Finding it quite tricky coming up with socializing solutions (read the dog needs to meet 100 people before 12weeks!),

    Would she be safe or should I err on the side of caution, and stay home till shes had her 2nd set of vaccines?
     
  2. bumbarrel

    bumbarrel PetForums Senior

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    No, don't stay at home but carry her to lots of new situations to meet new sounds, sights, and people.
    Use a sling/carrier if too heavy but the risks of taking her out and about are minimal compared with not socialising.

    My 4 month old dog is very popular at local Garden Centre, plant nursery, and rural store. There are complaints if I don't bring him! Also carried him as a 9 week old down our High Street, took ages as everyone wanted to cuddle him.

    I also sat with him at the railway station to see the trains.
     
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    kittih PetForums VIP

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    I don't know much about rearing puppies but it sounds OK to me. Perhaps make sure she isn't overwhelmed by too many people, give her somewhere she can hide away if she needs peace and be prepared to leave your lunch if she is getting upset or stressed.

    The idea is she becomes familiar with as many different things as possible so positive introductions to people of different skin colours, types of clothing, hats, sunglasses, wheelchairs, old, young, people who move differently (a young Labrador got very frightened by my dad walking by once as he has a pronounced limp and was wearing a large yellow rain coat, people in mobility scooter, pushing prams. People, running, cycling, etc

    Other good places to go are a park bench and just sit and watch the world go by. Your pup doesn't necessarily need to physically greet all these people just be able to see (and hear) them. All interactions need to be positive though. So keep a close eye on your pups body language. Turn ing the head away, tongue flicking or moving away all show your pup isn't happy so take them away from the situation.

    Socialising also means different surface textures, sights, sounds and environments particularly ones your pup will need to be confident in with you. So other animals, the bin lorry, building sites, traffic, shopping streets, train stations, but take it slowly and make sure all experiences are positive.
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    She is fine to take out and about provided you are careful. What breed is she? and when you say "take her out to lunch" where do you mean?

    With 'socialising' there can be a very fine balance between the exposure being good for the dog and it being overwhelming. Breed can obviously be a big factor. If you've got a very easy going confident social puppy, then they often take it all in their stride. If the puppy is not so confident then you have to be much more careful, because too many negative experiences at a critical age can effect them quite seriously......
     
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    We went through this last year with Wookie. We belong to a motoring charity, and had three events to attend before she had had all of her jabs. Our solution was to buy a folding pen, a very large plastic backed picnic rug, and take her with us. She met literally hundreds of people, including terminally ill children which our charity raises funds for, before she was 12 weeks old. Also, although she couldn't socialise with other dogs, she could see them through her pen. She also heard cars, motorbikes, planes, fireworks, live music, and was carried around by us to see horses, pigs, sheep, cows and even alpaca's.

    We bought a large umbrella in case the sun got hot (it didn't!) had an igloo for her to retreat too if she wanted to, and never left her unattended for even a second.

    It may not work for every puppy, but it certainly worked for her. She is a happy, well socialised, independant little dog that isn't scared of anything.
     
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  6. MollyTiggsy

    MollyTiggsy PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks so much to you all for your comments and wonderful advice! I'll take her out for a little while everyday and do my best to introduce her to many new, exciting and noisy places in a safe manner!

    Love your idea Mercgirl, got most of the same equipment and have been wanting to go to a few events similar like those but wasn't sure if it was possible. Now I'll give it a shot!

    Shes a tiny scottish terrier, black as coal so the poor thing isn't going to have a great time with the heat. But the place we're going to is an indoor artisinal market (sunless!) with lots of buzzing tourists and locals with good places to casually sit and eat. Even some quiet grounds nearby to escape to if she start to show signs of stress. Shes in her adventurous phase and luckily already extremely curious and sociable. It should be a good environment to build upon her adaptability among various situations, and hopefully will hamper her fears during those weeks puppies become more more cautious and wary!
     
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    bumbarrel PetForums Senior

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    Sounds as if you are going to have fun, BUT where are the pictures! Need to see a Scottie puppy.
     
  8. Sled dog hotel

    Sled dog hotel PetForums VIP

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    This may be of help, Its called the Puppy plan and explains about why it is important, and there is also a plan to follow. Socialisation and habituation goes on way past the first 16 weeks, but its a good introduction for these important weeks when pups go through very rapid critical stages of development.

    http://www.thepuppyplan.com/

    If you look under the New owner section that is for 8 to 16 weeks, the breeder section is things the breeders should have done from birth to 8 weeks.
     
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