My socialization plan
I will be picking up my new pup in just under 2 weeks.
I have been reading a ton of socialization stuff recently and definitely want to get it right.
I definitely like the concept and idea of my wife and I being the puppies whole world, where for the most part other people are just objects or basically "furniture" as some people put it and are nothing to get excited about. We plan on her being by our side as close to 24x7 as possible (we work from home so we won't even be leaving her during work hours).
My brother has a Lab who looks at everyone she sees as her next best friend and runs up greeting everyone with a toy in her mouth and her tail wagging, that is great for some dogs but not what I am looking for in our new puppy.
So my current plan is this:
1. Only my wife and I give our dogs treats and we only give them to her for doing something (i.e. a sit, stay, giving us attention or focus, etc.)
2. We plan on taking our puppy many many (safe) places within the first few months of her life. I have a very long list of things I want to familiarize her with (different sounds, surfaces, locations, etc.) and we want her to see as many other animals, dogs and people as possible but don't want her to greet those strangers and strange animals. Just get her used to being around those different things, people, animals and work on having her focus on us when she is and getting treated for giving us her focus.
3. We do want her to learn how to great people that we are okay with her greeting. Initially for this will only use family members who we want to our pup to really be comfortable around and accepting of (i.e. my brother, my mother, my wife's parents, etc.) and whom she will see throughout her life. When we introduce her to family members we will control the situation, i.e. do it in a place the puppy is comfortable. Tell the family member not to go to her, not to really pay much attention to her, etc. That if / when the puppy comes to them they can calmy talk to her and pet her nicely. However these family members will not be allowed to give her treats, play tug with her etc.
In the presence of family we will play tug with her and give her treats, so even though she learns that the family members are decent to be around...better then the complete strangers we ignore, and has learned how to greet them...she still realizes that my wife and I are the coolest people ever.
4.) The few dogs that our family members have are very calm, friendly and healthy, stable adult dogs. So we will use those as the dogs that she will get introduced to so that she can learn how to greet other dogs.
To re-iterate our goal is to make it to where she realizes that she should ignore most everything, that she should really focus on my wife and I, but that the people and animals we tell her are okay to meet are just that, okay to meet....and to where at the same time she starts to become familiar with our extended family so if there is ever an emergency and the dog has to stay with them, or if we visit someone, etc. the dog is comfortable around them.
So GSD experts, please share your feedback with me on what I should do differently, what I should add, remove, change, etc. from this plan.
Thanks in advance.