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04-02-2014 04:07 PM
huntergreen i never did this, but i see many people that do this, my neighbor is a manager over there and they have never had an issue.
04-02-2014 12:35 PM
Hunter4628
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hunter, i always bring my dogs to local little league ballgames or any local sporting event. everyone wants to pet the puppy. i have seen people sit near the entrance at wall mart, everyone wants to pet the puppy. our dog park has a separate area for pups and small dogs. check with your vet before bringing pup out in public first,
Have you had any complaints being near the walmart entrance?
04-02-2014 12:31 PM
huntergreen hunter, i always bring my dogs to local little league ballgames or any local sporting event. everyone wants to pet the puppy. i have seen people sit near the entrance at wall mart, everyone wants to pet the puppy. our dog park has a separate area for pups and small dogs. check with your vet before bringing pup out in public first,
04-02-2014 08:07 AM
lyssa62 I've only had good experiences at the dog park. our town finally sees the need for one and has it in the works. I drive 35 min each way to get to one that's close to me
04-02-2014 07:59 AM
Hunter4628
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I don't put a lot of importance on my dog socializing with other dogs. Out of my 8 GSDs, only one of them really cared to meet other dogs.

Socializing with humans is more important if you want to have a dog who's well received by the community. I like college campuses and downtown areas for this.

College students are awesome - they're living away from home and so many of them miss the family dog so they want to meet yours. We happen to live near a culinary arts college, the absolute best.

Back packs, rolling suitcases, construction sites, trains, taxis, mounted policemen, art students with giant installation art boards, anything you can think of to expose your dog to. It all makes him a well rounded individual ready for anything.
Thanks for the advice!
04-02-2014 02:36 AM
Chip18
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Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Once I completely dropped the idea of my dogs playing with strange dogs I got the most balanced, well behaved dogs with appropriate social behavior around other dogs even when they DO meet.
Pretty much and don't forget the "I thought my dog was friendly folks??"

Don't need the hassle, dog trainers and dog behaviorist, love dog park people!

My other thoughts are here:

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...allenging.html
04-01-2014 11:12 PM
Kahrg4 I live in city as well and some of the places I've been able to take my boys are Lowe's Stores, Vet, Bass Pro Shops, Home Depot, Pet Stores, Feed/Tractor Stores, Empty Fenced School Playgrounds, Empty Public Tennis Courts, Friends/Family Houses, Local Softball/Baseball games, outdoor expos, street festivals, art walks, etc. Get creative and there are plenty of places you can take a pooch- be it to play or socialize.
04-01-2014 10:48 PM
SunCzarina I don't put a lot of importance on my dog socializing with other dogs. Out of my 8 GSDs, only one of them really cared to meet other dogs.

Socializing with humans is more important if you want to have a dog who's well received by the community. I like college campuses and downtown areas for this.

College students are awesome - they're living away from home and so many of them miss the family dog so they want to meet yours. We happen to live near a culinary arts college, the absolute best.

Back packs, rolling suitcases, construction sites, trains, taxis, mounted policemen, art students with giant installation art boards, anything you can think of to expose your dog to. It all makes him a well rounded individual ready for anything.
04-01-2014 08:29 PM
jocoyn My dog "socializes" on walks in the neighborhood and at training with my search team. That socialization is being obedient in the presence of and ignoring the other dogs. Any dog I have from here on out will be in some sort of activity be it class, or search and rescue, or agility, nosework, whatever and we will do the same.

Once I completely dropped the idea of my dogs playing with strange dogs I got the most balanced, well behaved dogs with appropriate social behavior around other dogs even when they DO meet.
04-01-2014 08:05 PM
Hunter4628
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Originally Posted by onyx'girl View Post
Problem is, you never know....I'd never, ever chance it, because it could end up that my dog is the one that would have to be surrendered
True, that's something I'm going to start to think about thank you!
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