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03-17-2014 09:58 PM
ZoeD1217 We are going slow as well. So far the only real socialization Zoe gets outside of the family is watching people from the car. I take her to pick up the kids, to drop them off places and to get fast food so she gets to "see" people. She just had her third set of shots so we will be starting walks in the neighborhood soon.
She is 3 months now and she also gets a little Freaked out by low flying planes. Hanging out in the backyard she hears lots of noises from loud cars and motorcycles as well as people passing by.
I am a little worried I haven't done enough to socialize her but there are a lot of dogs around here and I didn't want to risk it before her shots.

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03-17-2014 09:47 PM
Chip18 Well yep I don't screw around with Parvo! I would just wait till her last shot which is due fairly soon anyway. You already know she's pretty good in the people arena.

I did the Leerburgh thing with my guy. Got him at 7 months and when company came over I found he had a serious issue with "strangers"! Maybe he was a bit less than a year? Anyway no problem today he's safe in public and has no issues with kids (never unsupervised around children) he has met a few and no problems. He's still not a big fan of company.

Slow down a little bit and enjoy your dog.
03-17-2014 09:20 PM
Tattersail Thank you again for your replies... I should say the trembling was more from the plane (when I said low, I mean like coming in for a landing low!) then anything else, but I do agree.. I may frequent less busy areas first.

We had to go to my dad's work building after hours and she was allowed to come in off leash and she took everything like a pro, even the elevator! I'm thinking pick one thing at a time, in this case environment with only 1 or 2 strangers, instead of new place, new people new everything all at once!.

I'm just nervous about walking around my neighborhood quite yet because she's only had her first set of shots (She's due Thursday for her second round) and we have quite a few dogs around here. Whereas my dad's workplace is a National Defense building and you're almost guaranteed no dogs have been there :P Only one that goes is a service dog and that's clear on the other side of the building.
03-17-2014 07:45 PM
Chip18 Well stuff gets boring when everyone agrees! Sooo I think your moving to fast still. Not wrong but to fast. I'd walk my puppy around my neighborhood just letting him observe stuff. If he looks comfortable and someone wants to pet him fine. Then after a couple of weeks of that I'd move to step it up.

That "first she was trembling like a leaf" and then was fine means you caught a break! Had you waited maybe there would have been no "trembling?"

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I'm certainly not an expert but my go slow approach paid off for me big time with my GSD with his people issues.
03-17-2014 06:45 PM
carmspack didn't say go into the grocery . I enter one set do a sharp turn around and exit the other door , in and out often being side by side .

it works out well because you don't linger and you don't encounter dogs-behaving-badly , and the dog isn't pounced on by admirers. People tend to behave more normally , pre-occupied with the day to day of their own lives , than they do at the petsmarty .
03-17-2014 06:30 PM
Originally Posted by carmspack View Post
if you had been moving right along less attention would have been paid to the doors .
there is more to it than just distracting and getting focus , the dog has to deal .

next time you go , visit the same place but this time when the door opens you walk in , head for the nearest exit , or if there is no entry foyer , then do an about turn and come right back out.

the motion is exciting and the dog doesn't focus on what it is uncomfortable with, plus you have the focus and obedience , which you reward , win win win.

how old is the pup.

seems like there is some sensitivity
Maybe in Ontario you can walk into a grocery store with a dog, but in NE Ohio, it had better be a service dog.

I tell the dog, "Oh, the magic doors." and then go over and sit on the bench. Watch the world go by for a few minutes, and maybe meet a person and head off.

At some point down the road, usually before they are too old for the 10.99 puppy bath and brush, < 6 months, we will go through the magic doors at PetsMart a few times, and they get used to them.

It is ok for a puppy to startle, as long as the pup recovers relatively quickly -- he realizes that you aren't freaked out by the doors and he trusts you, so he gets over it. If they are eating, they are probably not too freaked out. Kind of a rule of thumb.
03-17-2014 05:54 PM
carmspack I would continue doing what you are doing .
You can customize your program to what you need and want .
"classes" tend to have formats and timelines , whether the dog is ready or not , and often too much wild play with the other pups .
03-17-2014 05:47 PM
Tattersail Hm not sure how to edit but I meant to say 10 weeks... not 11
03-17-2014 04:40 PM
Tattersail Thanks for the answers guys!

She's young yet, almost 11 weeks (She's a Shiloh Shepherd if that makes any difference in socialization). Am I maybe starting a little too young? People wanted to come up and pet her all the time, but I asked them to just allow her to approach them, if she did then fine but if not, to just let her be as this is new to her and she seemed much more interested in using her little nose as people walked by as opposed to greeting and what not.

We plan on starting some puppy social classes in the next week or so, should I start with that and gradually build up to bigger experiences, or should I just kind of go along with her in situations I know are safe and act like it's not a big deal while she works things out?

This is only my second puppy... and I made a lot of mistakes with our old guy... I didn't socialize him nearly enough, but he had the patience with me to allow me to figure things out, and by the end, he was everything I could have asked for... Went through **** and back though and am trying to avoid that this time!
03-17-2014 04:17 PM
Baillif Yup if the dog is eating youre probably ok. Listen to carmen regarding the keeping the pup moving thing.
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