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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Socializing in the winter

Any suggestions on socializing a puppy in the winter? I'm waiting on my puppy to be born, so by the time I bring him home it'll be close to winter. I live in Ohio.

I plan on taking him to obedience class and anywhere I can where he's allowed, but there isn't too many places around here that allow dogs in. I can take him in the pet store and that's about it. My daughter goes to preschool, so I plan to bring him along when I drop her off.

For those of you who got puppies in cold/snowy weather what things did you do to socialize?
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Socializing can be done outdoors also no matter what the weather. So, take the pup in a car and drive to places where people are outside in winter, like a hill where there is sledding or an office building when people are going in and out, or a school - park and then walk the pup a bit outside and let him watch.

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Although I just got a GSD a few weeks ago I have been taking her pretty much every place I go minus work. It takes a bit of planning but since I made the decision to get a dog i feel like its my duty to socialize her so I manage to make it work. I do not eat at a restaurant unless they allow dogs or they have outside seating. Luckily I live in Germany and have found locals to be much more pet friendly than the U.S.

As far as stores go I typically just ask and most accommodate. I often go to a bakery down the street from my house which has signs saying "we will wait outside" and pictures of dogs/cats. I used to tie her up outside the door and step in (2 feet away) to get what I needed. I asked one day and the owner pointed to the back door. Now I sit inside and enjoy my pastry and coffee and my dog enjoys hanging out with the 2-3 dogs that others sneak in through the back door
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And don't forget socialization with other Dogs. We started taking Jake to Doggie Day Care a couple of times a month when he was 4 or 5 months old. He still loves it!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-17-2013, 02:39 PM
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I also live on Ohio (Cleveland area) and can relate. There isn't many options especially in the winter time. I don't know where you live but the street I live on has a lot of dog owners. There is always someone walking their dog even in the winter time. I suggest getting to know your neighbors that also own dogs and setting up weekly play times. I would also checkout your local dog training facilities. Many of this programs have classes centered around socialization. good luck
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-18-2013, 12:01 PM
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We took (and still take) our pup to strip malls where there are lots of stores and people walking in and out. Before he's started his shots, you can sit with him on a bench and people will come up and pet him. Once he can be on the ground on his own (for us, that was at 11 weeks), walk him back and forth along the strip mall. He doesn't have to go IN any stores, he just has to be NEAR stores so that people can love on him.
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