How to socialize pup in a SAFE way??
Hello everyone my pup is 2 weeks today. Obviously I can't pick her up until 8 weeks so in the mean time I have just been doing hours of research.
One thing I am a bit worried about is socialization in a SAFE way.
I want my dog to be exposed to as many social situations as possible especially being around other dogs...I have seen to many people not do this when there dog was young and as a result thry can't get anymore dogs because there dog now doesn't get along with other ones..
How do I bring her around dogs and places without worrying about getting diseases?????
Use dogs that you know are calm and safe and vaccinated.
Puppy classes are always good as well. As long as vaccines are required.
Most important is exposure, your pup does not need to play with or interact other strange dogs. Just be exposed and praised for good behavior.
What about a dog park? I just got my first GSD pup. So I'm still new at all this. But with other breed dogs I would just walk them in areas I knew other dogs lived. I also took puppy classes and went to the dog park after they were fully vaxed. I plan on doing the same things with Kimber.
No dog parks. Please no dog parks.
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Socializing isn't about the puppy meeting all dogs and all people. It's about exposing him to different things.
Stairs - I wish I had known! Carry him to the bottom and put him down on the third step to let him go down by himself.
Other dogs - ONLY dogs you know are vaccinated and safe with puppies.
People - limit the physical. They don't need to pick your puppy up and wrestle with him. Just let them treat him and pet him.
Strange animals - just let him watch and reward when calm.
Trash Day!! - All those big black monsters just sitting there waiting to pounce! Let him sniff it and reward him.
Different surfaces - go to a playground with bridges and tires and grate surfaces.
Don't put her down on the ground until she's fully vaccinated in strange places. You can carry her, put her in a cart.
Are you close to your breeder? Do they do training? that would be a good place since the puppy came from there and is acclimated to that environment.
Dog parks aren't a good idea. almost no trained dogs go there, people don't know how to read their dogs, or maybe they do but just don't care that their dogs dominate other dogs. actually some people enjoy it, it makes them feel good about themselves that they own a dominant dog.
I don't go to dog parks, i go to a public park that has off leash hours and now I go really late when no one is there.
but when I first got my dog I'd go right after 9 and 5-7 dogs were there. omg
one guy had a boxer that would bully all pups and the owner would come up to all new people and say that his dog like to dominate pups.
I think he was proud.
I was clueless at first and believed that 'they should work it out'
after a few times there my dog started barking and lunging at any dog he saw and just recently, after more than a year of trying everything and anything and spending over 1k on trainers, I was able to fix it
it'd be much easier if I never let it get that far.
I have many more stories of endless humping and other stupidity that goes on there and this is a large unfenced park with no more than 5 dogs at a time.
I can only imagine what goes on in real dog parks.
In general just use common sense. Don't push the puppy. Expose them to many things but don't expect EVERY puppy to be ROCK solid with EVERYThing the very first time. Help give the puppy confidence by encouraging them (IMO I think encouraging is different from coddling).
As far as disease, use areas that are not frequented by dogs. In my family, many people have never had dogs and will make an exception for a puppy so I've been allowed to bring a puppy to Sunday dinner or a family gathering. I work for a college so I bring my puppies to the college campus where there are all manner of sights, sounds, and people but generally no other dogs.
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