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05-28-2014 04:03 PM
Lilie Not all pups want to be social butterflies. Some pups really love to romp and play with others. The only way you'll know where your pup fits in, would be to stay and watch it.

I wouldn't mind taking a pup of mine to a play date such as that, just to see it interact with other pups. I can learn alot about my pup that way. But it wouldn't be something I would continue, nor would I ever leave my pup there.
05-28-2014 03:29 PM
andrea04 Just be careful and keep a close eye on your dog. I was a few feet away from my dog when a new comer collared her and slapped her in the face twice. We haven't been back since and it's a shame Lucie really liked playing with other dogs. And I'm
aware some ppl think I should've been right on top of her to avoid what happened.


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05-21-2014 11:43 PM
Chip18 Just for the record:

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-wrong-15.html

Puppy play dates and socialization with strange dogs (dog parks) is not universally excepted. My guys were taught to ignore other dogs and never were exposed to dogs,growing up.They "never got a chance to run around out of my control with a pack of dogs/puppies. They grew up without issues.



On one occasion I brought in three strays(escaped from home) at once without issue, My guys knew how to behave they were under my control, the three pack knew that... no problems ensued!
05-21-2014 11:17 PM
wolfy dog
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This is absolutely silly. I have 4 dogs. They love playing with each other and the love when I play with them even more. I enjoy watching them play. It doesn't diminish my time with them at all. I'm thrilled that they play with one another.
I once had a group of 4; they were all 2 years apart in age and I got each of them as a pup. They were all focused on me.
I know for sure if I were to introduce another dog while DDog is only 6 months old, whether this is a pup or adult, I will lose his focus.
I love for him to play with others (known and safe dogs) on a regular bases but break it up for training and playing with me. I have done that with all my dogs and it worked well. WD lost his focus on other dogs when he was just about one year old as he rather played with me then.
05-21-2014 09:43 PM
Diesel7602
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You hang out there too....watch your dog play, socialize with the other owners, talk to the staff trainers who are watching and controlling the play session. We met another person with a DDR GSD (about the same age as Remi) who wants to train with us, so that is cool. I have been picking the trainers brains, so free training advice is another bonus.

I think its important for my dog to be social and know how to play with other dogs. That doesn't mean I want him to be with other dogs over me, which is why I'm constantly doing recalls with him while he is in the middle of playing with the other dogs. He comes back to me 100% of the time, I play with him for 20 seconds, then send him back out to join the pack.
I need to find a place like that here.

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05-21-2014 08:08 PM
eddie1976E
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I think that would bee cool if we had something like this around. Do you stay there with the pup, or drop him off? If you dropped him off, I would think this would be a added bonus you could let your dog socialise and run out some energy, and you can do something for your self, like shopping or what ever running around you have to do. Then when you pick then up, you could do a training session... And hopefully they take a nap. Then when they are up, then bond with your pup threw training, play, brushing etc what ever you do to bond with your pup.


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You hang out there too....watch your dog play, socialize with the other owners, talk to the staff trainers who are watching and controlling the play session. We met another person with a DDR GSD (about the same age as Remi) who wants to train with us, so that is cool. I have been picking the trainers brains, so free training advice is another bonus.

I think its important for my dog to be social and know how to play with other dogs. That doesn't mean I want him to be with other dogs over me, which is why I'm constantly doing recalls with him while he is in the middle of playing with the other dogs. He comes back to me 100% of the time, I play with him for 20 seconds, then send him back out to join the pack.
05-21-2014 02:18 PM
Diesel7602
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What do you guys think of puppy play hour. They are offered locally at different places, you go in, let your puppy just run around and play with other dogs supervised by a trainer. I have been doing this for a few weeks with Remi and he loves it. He seems to play nice with everyone, including the annoying/pushy puppies.
I think that would bee cool if we had something like this around. Do you stay there with the pup, or drop him off? If you dropped him off, I would think this would be a added bonus you could let your dog socialise and run out some energy, and you can do something for your self, like shopping or what ever running around you have to do. Then when you pick then up, you could do a training session... And hopefully they take a nap. Then when they are up, then bond with your pup threw training, play, brushing etc what ever you do to bond with your pup.


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05-21-2014 10:31 AM
petite I used to be very pro-play group and puppy socialization. I think it's fine for little puppies but the more I pay attention the more I notice puppies 6 months and older can differ greatly in pay style.

Just observing puppy socialization groups by myself to gage if it was a right fit for Fawn I was seeing a lot of tackling, shy pups trying to back away out of the fray, bullying, etc. I'm sure this isn't every where but puppies will be puppies and it's a bit difficult to intervene in my opinion.
05-21-2014 10:21 AM
eddie1976E I have been doing recalls while he is playing with other puppies.....he drops everything he does and runs back to me. I think I have that going for us. I don't want a dog that doesn't know how to play or act around other dogs. I think this class allows him to be a puppy and I get to test his obedience and recall with all those distractions.
05-21-2014 10:09 AM
DJEtzel I like teaching my dogs to respond to me despite awesome other dogs.

I teach recall and sits and engagement from a very young age, then take puppies to play groups, classes, and dog parks, and work those things with other dog distractions. They get to play a little and socialize, which most puppies LOVE, and then I can work in our obedience to call them off of other dogs, out of play, etc.

It's a win-win situation if you are training regularly and can set them up to be successful, and it's a group of dogs/trainer you know or trust.
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