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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-28-2013, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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Socializing with dogs

Hello, all. My puppy is 12 weeks old and my trainer is insisting that I socialize her with more dogs. The problem is, I don't know any dog people. I have exactly ZERO friends or family that own dogs (I know, I don't understand it either). I was advised against dog parks, not that I was likely to consider that anyway. But I'm at a loss for ideas. Should I join one of those Petsmart classes, even though I have a trainer already? Would they let me join just for the socialization aspect, or would that make me a weirdo? I have a 3 year old Pekingese, but he barely even counts because he's basically a cat that barks. I'd love some suggestions if anyone has any.
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When you join training you still do all the training stuff. Riley was trained at petco, but he was the only dog in the class. I joined another training class with him just to get him around more dogs and people. He already knew what was being trained, but he still did it.

With Kaleb, he is in a basic training class with about 20 other dogs and we go to a gsd dog club once a week. It's for IPO, but he gets around other puppies and adult dogs as well as people.


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Dogs don't need dog friends outside of their pack. You're better off training your dogs to completely ignore other dogs when they're around. Definitely don't go to dog parks.

You're better off just joining a training class that doesn't allow playtime between dogs. One that actually focuses on training, but with other dogs and distractions in the area.
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I have been going to training classes and public places where people are walking their dogs on leash. I am also going to conformation showing classes. I never let her interact with the other dogs or play, I just want her to be calm and focus on me.

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Dogs don't need dog friends outside of their pack. You're better off training your dogs to completely ignore other dogs when they're around. Definitely don't go to dog parks.

You're better off just joining a training class that doesn't allow playtime between dogs. One that actually focuses on training, but with other dogs and distractions in the area.
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I somewhat agree that a dog does not necessarily have to LOVE other dogs they just need to be ok WITH other dogs. I like my dogs to like other dogs, it makes my life easier because I take them every where with me. If this is you then I think it would be wise to socialize her more.
I love the idea of enrolling her in multiple classes and that is probably the safest place for you to be with her. I wouldn't think you were weird Id think you were committed to your dog. Besides...you're a paying customer they wont turn you away
Its unfortunate that you aren't near me because my training hall actually offers free puppy play groups until they are 14 weeks old.
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Thank you for your input, everyone!
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I like my dogs to like other dogs, it makes my life easier because I take them every where with me. If this is you then I think it would be wise to socialize her more.
Yes, this is exactly me. I enjoy taking my dogs along with me to places as often as possible.
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Your dog doesn't need to like other dogs in order for you to take it everywhere with you.

My dog goes everywhere with me..that means in and outside of schools, downtown businesses, local parks etc. He totally ignores other dogs...nothing wrong with that. It's also ok if you WANT your dog to like and play with dogs, it's just not necessary for the reason of you wanting to be able to take your dog everywhere.

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I have had dogs that were taught to ignore dogs because they didn't enjoy them. I personally didn't prefer it but I was working in my dogs best interests. If you have a puppy and know you want them to interact with dogs it's probably a good plan to start introducing her to them now. As I mentioned it is Easier if your dog likes other dogs, and as saphire said... If she doesn't end up liking dogs that's ok she doesn't have to, there are other options.


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