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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Alice Childress, Nov 23, 2012.


  1. Alice Childress

    Alice Childress PetForums VIP

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    How often does your dog/dogs go out into the active world?

    I currently live in the middle of nowhere, with our nearest one off neighbors 200 yards up the road (and the next half a mile away). I work from home, and due to fluctuating levels of health, am not exactly the social butterfly I use to be. As a result, I can sometimes go days without seeing other people!

    Obviously I want my dog to be happy and comfortable in all situations, so how often do you take your dog/dogs out into the more active, busy world in order to keep their socialisation 'topped up'?
     
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  2. sligy

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    We can go walking and not see anyone for days sometimes. I find that just taking him into town when i need to go in and walk in a park now and then keeps it topped up.
    If Friends come i ask them to bring their dogs and i have found a few people that live locally that i can meet for walks.
     
  3. Blitz

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    My dogs see plenty of visitors as we seem to have a constant stream of them - and some bring their dogs with them. But mine do not get out in parks or towns. One of them is very polite and can come on holiday and stay in hotels or on caravan sites and go in shops and be absolutely no problem but the other one is a bit 'wilder' and it can be a problem. I visit friends with dogs when I can but she is a bit of a nightmare if she is somewhere with a lot of people around as she wants to greet them all the time.
    I have never taken them into town to socialise.
     
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    Rarely. I'm not a fan of walking in busy areas or heavily populated places, so I tend not to frequent busy places. At the most I'd say I go to the local town once a month at the most.

    We do have people and dogs coming here for training regularly though, so they're not totally without interaction from canines and hooomans! But, if I could live on a deserted island, I would.;)
     
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    I have to say I'm a bit naughty on socialising my dogs, particularly in the Winter months.

    They see plenty of dogs here at home and go to shows during the summer but I'm currently looking at various classes to socialise my young rescue collie.
     
  6. SixStar

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    Not often.

    I've no desire whatsoever to lead the dogs up, load them into the car, drive somewhere with them, then have to have eyes in the back of my head watching for other dogs, wondering if they'll be friendly, risk meeting unpleasant people, then have to load wet dogs back in the car and drive back home when I can just open the gate and off we go into the countryside, where we don't need leads, we can enjoy our walk in peace and know we won't bump into a soul, and that I can work and play with my dogs without other dogs muscling in.

    Last time I met another dog walker in the fields around our house was over ten years ago - and I wouldn't have it any other way!

    I do try to take them somewhere different at least once a fortnight thoygh - the beach or the country park maybe, because I don't want them to turn into hooligans that I can't take anywhere, but I never really enjoy it - although they do.

    Pups are obviously a different story though, I'm socialisation obsessed with those, and we go somewhere everyday.
     
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    Mine go anywhere! If I need to go to the vets, we'll take a wander through town afterwards - and I have to go on the bus. We'll take them to the pub and sit outside and have a meal in the summer. My OH had a driver experience day earlier this year - we took the pup for that. We have a dog show at the pub up the road 2 -3 times a year and I try and take them there. We go on walks with people and dogs we know fairly regularly.

    But I do like to keep our walks without people fairly solitary. Especially since it's just me walking them and I can't deal with prats anymore.
     
  8. BessieDog

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    Only meet people/dogs if we go drive to the seawall - and then only in good weather. Fair weather walkers only there! Bess goes to ringcraft training every week, and to a show or two a month so that's her socialisation.
     
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    I want to live where you live!
     
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    I'm not sure if where I live is classed as a hamlet but it's not very big, I do have neighbours so the girls get to see people passing by, and there's free to roam land at the back of us, so they see other dogs and walkers go past. I don't mind it, as long as they don't come onto our drive way and garden, it gives them a bit of entertainment to watch some days, especially when the cows come over the hill and there's a group of walkers about to set off :D
     
  11. Werehorse

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    Our village is small but reasonably busy, we usually see at least one person and dog one our "toilet" walks. I take them places for walks and usually see a up to a handful of people/dogs on those walks.

    But I try to get them into a proper town or to a pub or cafe at least once a week. I need them to be able to go anywhere so I take them everywhere I can. If anything ever happened which meant having to move back (for me) into a city, or even into a busier town, I'd want the boys to be able to cope.

    I also try to find walks where we'll meet a few more dogs every week or so. Even if it is just to do focussed work on getting the boys to ignore other dogs.
     
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    I don't tbh. We have quite alot of different walks but rarely meet anyone aprt from the odd angler or farm worker - I love this! I don't think the dogs 'suffer' from it at all. Roxy has socialisation with other dogs in a controlled environment when we go to agility classes & Toby walks with my friend & her two dogs occasionally although I think he enjoys our walks most when its just us two.

    I initially tried to take Roxy to busier places but it was too much for her (she had alot of anxiety issues when she came to live with us) & maybe I tried too hard too soon but we haven't done anything since.

    Tbh I don't think I would ever walk them in busy places so don't worry about it too much
     
  13. Lil Doglets

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    Where do you live?!?!! :eek: i MUST live somewhere like that sounds like absolute heaven :D
     
  14. Alice Childress

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    This is my thinking as well. I might well end up living in a more built up area and want any dog I have to be socialised enough to cope with the cage/

    So, do you find as long as you have socialised them as pups obsessively, that as adults once a fortnight somewhere different is enough to keep them confident in new situations? At what point do you slow down/stop the more obsessive/active puppy socialisation?

    We would be going to training once a week, and then whenever I ever pop out or go somewhere that they can come (such as to meet friends etc), they would come - but of late I haven't been doing that very often!
     
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    We live in Sleepy Hollow, we have a pub, and 2 bus shelters, the bedroom view is pretty open....

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    we get some nice sunsets

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  17. SixStar

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    Essex, believe it or not! :D

    They're heavily socialised until about 18 mths, depending on the nature of the individual pup. As real youngsters I try to go somewhere different every day or every other day, and then maybe drop it down to a couple of times a week as they near their first birthday.

    My dogs have all been happy with our arrangements - they've always coped very well in all situations away from the norm, are very well adjusted and are very comfortable when out and about (of course there have been some issues with rescue dogs, but I'm talking generally about those I've had as pups).

    I will never live anywhere else bar here, so I don't need dogs that would adapt to city life, or would have to suddenly get used to urban walking all the time - but as long as I have dogs that I can take on holiday and who are confident and well mannered in the situations I need them to be - then I'm happy! :)
     
  18. Lil Doglets

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    Impossible! :eek: :p all i've seen of Essex is chav towns and council estates everywhere :rolleyes:
     
  19. SixStar

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    Oh dear! :lol: We're just outside of Colchester, in Fordham.
     
  20. Buzzard

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    I kind of have the best of both worlds here. We are in a village, where we often walk round and bump into people en route, including on the school run when we take Mac with us to school. can also hop out the back into the fields and woods and rarely see anyone. I have no desire to go into busy town centres but I do try ad take Mac every now and then.
     
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