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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-15-2009, 01:41 AM Thread Starter
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Socialization Checklist!

I searched but couldn't find anything exactly that fit, so if you find one, please let me know! I want to be prepared to socialize soon after getting the puppy, so want to get this together already.

Anyone have any good ideas for socialization and who/what/where to expose them to? Here's my ideas so far

1. Different types of flooring - concrete, grass, wood, dirt, wire, etc
2. Bring puppy with me when I pick up little brother at elementary school
3. Walk near busy street with cars, people, etc
4. Bring to friend's houses with two young daughters

Here are some concerns:

I'm not sure when and where I can take a puppy without it's last round of shots. And also, I'm not sure if I should socialize around dogs who aren't that good with other dogs. I mean they aren't aggressive, but don't show typical dog behavior and manners.


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Re: Socialization Checklist!

I took my puppy to the park and had her walk through tunnels, on all the different types of surfaces and even put her in a baby swing!

I think, however, you should only allow her to interact with dogs that you know will be kind to a puppy because you do not to allow it to have a bad experience... it might end up being afraid of other dogs rather than the other way around! Also make sure that any dogs your pup interacts with have all of their shots.

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Re: Socialization Checklist!

Link to a couple of threads on socialization to get you started:

Socialization Checklist

Socialization with Dogs


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Re: Socialization Checklist!

Other socialization opportunities that I did not see above or linked (though they might have been mentioned, I may have just missed them):

Ski hill (only if you live in the North and it's winter - makes up for our lack of beaches )

Horse boarding facility: horses in paddocks, being led, in hitch pulling a wagon, etc,

Walks in rain and in thunderstorms. Helps if you have an older, calm, confident dog with you to be an example to the pup. Did the thunderstorm walk with Falkor when he was four months old with my older dog along. First big overhead thunderclap, and he was ready to bolt, but then he looked at me, and I was unconcerned, then he looked at Keeta, and she was unconcerned, so he relaxed and ignored the noise and lightning. No issues since!

Busy stores, stand by the doors, watch people coming and going, pushing grocery carts.


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