Need your advice...
Rosco(altered male GSD) is just turned six months. He has his big sis Izzy(altered female Husky mix) and has no aggression at all with her. I am on a waiting list for obedience classes to begin to train him for CGC. I live in Ohio which has been in a deep freeze for the last 2 months so i have not been able to walk them....it is just too cold for me. We are talking single digits...
I have a huge fenced in yard that they run and play in so they get plenty of exercise. I have not though, been able to start socializing him too much. I have 5 kids and 2 grandkids from 3 months to 21 years old. I have lots of visitors so he is around kids and people and is great with them no problems and the kids are all over him. Just no interaction with other dogs yet.
I have a neighbor with a big black lab on the other side of the fence (privacy fence not chain link) so he knows he is there and doesn't bark li crazy at him, barely even reacts to him being there. It is my husky who makes noise at him through the fence...just noise though she is good with other dogs a park, soccer field etc.
Now that it is warming up, I plan to take him to the dog park and walking him more in the neighborhood so he can meet and greet different dogs.
Did i wait too long? i want Rosco to be very friendly and behaved so i can take him everywhere I go..soccer field, pet store(I did take him once with me to the pet supplies plus with izzy and he did great except for 1 low growl that I immediately corrected when a stranger came up and began petting him without asking)does anyone have any advice on socialization in the cold months for puppies?
Like today for instance. It is warmer today and I would love to take them for a walk, but I have my 2 year old by myself and cannot walk them as a pack leader and have her come too, and I don't feel comfortable walking her in a stroller if I do not know how Rosco will react.
Should i bring him to people i know who have dogs? Is that safe? I have NO IDEA how to safely introduce dogs in their domain especially. Should I have them come to me? Any advice will be so appreciated! You guys are all so helpful!