The Agility Rocks! Moderator
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Bushkill, PA (The Poconos!)
Re: puppy questions
I also recommend puppy classes if you can find them.
The reason that puppies love to grab bite and play with us is that's the way they come out of the womb knowing how to play with their mom and littermates. So if we want them to learn a new (and less painful) way to play, we have to patiently teach them. I have different toys all over the house to help with this. Some pups like rubber toys, some squeaky toys, some rags, some long ropey toys, some braided fleece, some balls on fleece............
My puppies never liked the leash either. What worked for me was to put my puppy in the car and find areas that I could have them safely off leash. Huge fenced school grounds. Long hiking trails in the woods. So for 'walking' I didn't use the leash much at all.
The leash was more a 'holding' thing. Like for going to the vets. Or to drive to Home Depot and then stand by the front door to have the socialization 'Will you pet my puppy?' with the handing out of treats to them.
Putting a puppy in the car and driving it to my friends houses for a meet/greet. The park for a meet/greet. Main Street USA. Puppy classes, parks, schools, etc. Having my pups go thru a timid phase means I have to be more creative with my socialization, not to AVOID.
So to keep the new meetings/greetings going but in a way my puppy can manage and not get overwhelmed. Treats are a HUGE help. Sometimes using distance initially. Not forcing but letting them explore at their own pace.
But definitely not staying home and avoiding, cause that only ends up stunting my pups mental growth and learning, not protecting her at all!
Miss Osin Blue Wildhaus NA NAJ NF
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