Settle this socialization issue?
Hey all! I got my puppy a few days ago (as some of you know), she's a couple days shy of 8 weeks old and so far she's adapted really well to our home. She seems really good with just about everything. Stares at people/dogs but doesnt bark (unless their coming onto our property). Comes back when I'm done watching things as well, accepts people when I do, really good with noise etc etc. So its a really good start. I've begun doing a socialization routine with her that will vary by week. Like this week I'm introducing her to the store, the park/children, tile slippery floors, lous noises, and stairs. Next week will be more intense and include a trip to the warehouse where I work as well as more outings to public places.
The issue that I'm having is actually with my boyfriend. He's never had a dog before, and sees her as a cute little delicate thing that we sort of have to handle with gloves on. He gets nervous when she plays tug with me. Anyways, I like to bring my boyfriend Jay along with me everywhere because a) she's Xena (puppies) daddy, and b) Jay has never had a dog and this is good for him, and c) I need the extra hands hehe. But whenever I tell him 'ok were bringing her *place* today' Jay sort of freaks out and complains and says 'Your doing way too much with her, she's just a baby!' I tried telling him that there is a window from 7 to 16 weeks where socialization is very important and she HAS to do a lot, but he still frets. To the point where he's starting to make me anxious and thats not good for anyone.
I'm careful not to over stimulate her, and visits anywhere are generally 10-20 minutes. To the park yesterday was her first time walking up a sidewalk on a leash, and she did pretty well for it. There were children yelling and people vaccuming their cars and she was inquisitive but quiet and stayed by us. When she charged forward we'd stop and she would double back when the leash tightened. Treat and praise. We ended on a really good note. Walked away from the car, walked back to the car, and drove home. All in all it was probably 15 minutes not including the car rides. We did the same with taking her to the store sunday. That was about 20 minutes of being in the shopping cart and then on the floor (though Jay sort of made me cut the floor time short with his constant complaining). Again not including the car ride.
I personally think Xena is doing fine with this, but I'd like to hear other peoples opinions. What is 'too much socialization' really? Is what I'm doing now good or can I give her longer sessions out? Whats a good time span? I try and give her a new 'big' stimulation (usually new places) once every day and she has small stimulations (new floors, bushes, trees, textures etc) a couple times a day with different things (this week its slippery floors, stairs, and loud noises). How's this sound to everyone?