The Administrator from the Great White North, eh?
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
When it comes to socialization, that does not mean she is to meet and greet and accept treats from strangers. I call socialization "exposing my dog to the real world" - going out and about, and getting comfortable with everything! Traffic, elevator rides, walking on grates, climbing on things, watching construction equipment, being exposed to horses and farm animals, exploring dark spooky places (make it fun!), crossing foot-path bridges, hanging out at the car lot, etc, etc, etc. I took my dog (IPO prospect), to the hockey arena and we watched the hockey game, to the ski hills and watched the skiers and snow-boarders, to the skateboard park, horse arena, farmer's market, etc. Use your imagination. We do group walks with our training club to teach young dogs to walk in a group of people and other dogs and to ignore them, and so on. I work in a hangar, my dog sees low-flying helicopters and helicopters running up on the ground up close on a daily basis - doesn't even bat an eye-lash. The more stuff you can think of, the better. Your puppy should be taught to just accept all of this as normal.
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Keeta BH, OB1, TR1, AD
Rottweiler/Hairy Dog mix?? 2004-2015