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Hunter4628 04-01-2014 11:10 AM

socialization subsitutes for dog park?
 
If you don't the idea of going to dog parks where do you go to socialize your dogs? I know there's a lot of bad things about dog parks like agressive dogs etc. but the dog park is the only place I know to go to socialize my 11 month pup. I bring him there atleast 4 days a week so he can learn to socialize and be a friendly dog. But from the feedbacks I got from my last post not many liked dog parks . So where else can I go to socialize my dog:)

Peter. 04-01-2014 11:20 AM

Most puppy classes are heavy in socialization. 11 months, yours stills qualifies! haha.
Sounds to me like you're doing a great job so far.

I really wish I had done more of this with my own.

Thewretched 04-01-2014 11:22 AM

Pet stores, when ours was 8 weeks we carried it everywhere, just carry it if nothing else, let it see and hear as much as possible, walk it around a regular human park that allows dogs, just let it see and deal with a lot of things, 5 months now and my pup in training for service dog, goes with us to target, publix, everywhere we go


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Hunter4628 04-01-2014 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by Peter. (Post 5305913)
Most puppy classes are heavy in socialization. 11 months, yours stills qualifies! haha.
Sounds to me like you're doing a great job so far.

I really wish I had done more of this with my own.

Thank you & yes I've done puppy classes already :D

Hunter4628 04-01-2014 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by Thewretched (Post 5305929)
Pet stores, when ours was 8 weeks we carried it everywhere, just carry it if nothing else, let it see and hear as much as possible, walk it around a regular human park that allows dogs, just let it see and deal with a lot of things, 5 months now and my pup in training for service dog, goes with us to target, publix, everywhere we go


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Wow nice I hope my dog can become a service dog:)!

martemchik 04-01-2014 11:29 AM

What you'll find is most people don't socialize their dogs to play and have a lot of interaction with strange dogs. Most people want their dogs to be accepting of other dogs, but not necessarily friendly. The best way to put it is that most people have dogs that just ignore the other dog in the room, but if that dog does come over to say hello, their dog doesn't immediately go in for the kill.

So the socialization is usually done in a very structured, class type environment where all the dogs are under control and you're able to teach your dog that it should want to pay attention to you rather than the dogs around it.

Blanketback 04-01-2014 11:35 AM

I live near a river, and there's a nice little beach area and picnic spot where we go. It's great because my dog gets to see other people and loose dogs, but he's more interested in me (and the frisbee) so it helps to reinforce teaching him not to harass others. Our AmBull is the opposite, since she can't swim and thinks chasing toys is a waste of time. If someone is there that doesn't like dogs (hardly ever happens though) then she's got to be leashed, because she'll keep pestering for attention otherwise.

martemchik 04-01-2014 11:36 AM

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Originally Posted by Hunter4628 (Post 5305969)
Wow nice I hope my dog can become a service dog:)!

Do you need a service dog?

Shade 04-01-2014 11:40 AM

For dog socialization I use dogs I know, mostly family dogs - there are 8 (9 as my parents usually have a foster as well) dogs between us of varying sizes and ages. Delgado can run around unsupervised in my parent's 1 acre dog run with the 'big boys' as we call them and play to his heart's content. I try and get him out there once a week to run and play

As a puppy I took him everywhere, sitting outside the grocery store, into all the pet stores once his shots were completed, to park land, walking around downtown, etc. Everything I could think of to get him used to the sounds and smells around

ApselBear 04-01-2014 11:43 AM

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Originally Posted by Hunter4628 (Post 5305865)
If you don't the idea of going to dog parks where do you go to socialize your dogs? I know there's a lot of bad things about dog parks like agressive dogs etc. but the dog park is the only place I know to go to socialize my 11 month pup. I bring him there atleast 4 days a week so he can learn to socialize and be a friendly dog. But from the feedbacks I got from my last post not many liked dog parks . So where else can I go to socialize my dog:)

Perhaps you've made friends with people you've met at the dog parks you've been too, or have a group of friends that have dogs. You could arrange play dates, group outings(such as hiking, camping, walking, sight seeing, terrorizing neighborhoods etc.), or you might find a local dog club that partakes in activities your dog might enjoy(tracking, agility, and so on).

What everyone here will tell you is you just want to control what your dog is exposed to. As long as you have that control, you can do whatever you find fun and engaging for your dog.


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