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I have a pup about 15 weeks, brought him home at 10.5 weeks. Because there's been parvo in the area I have been leery of taking him to public places or puppy class until he's 16 weeks old. To me, the benefit of socialization was of poor use if he picked up parvo. I have taken him to the vets twice, to visit family, and so he's been out a bit, and he's been fine tempermentally, but I was planning on doing more socialization after this weekend, when he'll get his last shot.

My problem is I have an upcoming family event I will be expected to attend, too far to leave pup home, and I expect another family member to attend with two large breed dogs, one of which is a barking, bouncing off the wall, roughhousing non stop literally for hours dog.This dog actually caused an injury to a family member - accidentally but it took surgery and therapy to resolve. I don't really want my pup around this dog but certainly not at his young age when he has so little experience with dogs and is not capable of dealing with him. Owner of dog does nothing to control dog. Asking would probably invoke WWIII.

Any ideas as to managing this? Short of feigning a last minute illness? And since I can't avoid this dog completely, any recs as to when it would be safe to expose my dog to this wild animal?
 

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This may sound impractical,but I would never expose my dogs to that.I would take the crate and excuse myself often to attend to him.Then when he's old enough I would board him.There's just too much to go wrong.
I have a similar situation when visiting my niece.She has a very nasty little pit that's bitten me twice and gone after my dog.I won't take him back ever,which is a shame because my grand niece adores him.Do what you think is best of course to keep your pup safe and untraumatized.
 

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How about bringing a crate with you?
 

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This may sound impractical,but I would never expose my dogs to that.I would take the crate and excuse myself often to attend to him.Then when he's old enough I would board him.There's just too much to go wrong.
I have a similar situation when visiting my niece.She has a very nasty little pit that's bitten me twice and gone after my dog.I won't take him back ever,which is a shame because my grand niece adores him.Do what you think is best of course to keep your pup safe and untraumatized.
This, or just skip it.

I had no qualms about skipping events when it didn't work for me. An event that precludes me being a responsible owner (and being responsible includes options like a dogsitter, doggy daycare/boarding, etc., when Puppy is old enough) doesn't work for me.
 

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Yep. Crate. You can keep them separate. It's what I've done in the past for family gatherings with a young puppy.
 

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This, or just skip it.

I had no qualms about skipping events when it didn't work for me. An event that precludes me being a responsible owner (and being responsible includes options like a dogsitter, doggy daycare/boarding, etc., when Puppy is old enough) doesn't work for me.
I've skipped numerous events because of my dogs too.If it's not possible to arrange for their care or they can't go along,oh well.
 

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I always have a crate in my car, but it's a heavy one, I might bring a light weight fabric one just for ease of carrying. Just not sure how much crating is going to help. The wild dog never sits still, constantly roughhouses the owner's other dog all over the ground floor - they are both big dogs - and never stops barking. It's stressful for grown adults, so I can only imagine the commotion would be stressful even for a crated pup.
 

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I always have a crate in my car, but it's a heavy one, I might bring a light weight fabric one just for ease of carrying. Just not sure how much crating is going to help. The wild dog never sits still, constantly roughhouses the owner's other dog all over the ground floor - they are both big dogs - and never stops barking. It's stressful for grown adults, so I can only imagine the commotion would be stressful even for a crated pup.
Can you leave the pup crated in the car with the windows rolled down or doors open, and one of those heavy foil things over the top to block the sun? Treat it like a trial situation where the dog has to hang out in the car? I don't know where you live, so the weather might still be too summery for that. But if you can't skip it and a crate in the house won't work, maybe the car could be a safe space.
 

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I always have a crate in my car, but it's a heavy one, I might bring a light weight fabric one just for ease of carrying. Just not sure how much crating is going to help. The wild dog never sits still, constantly roughhouses the owner's other dog all over the ground floor - they are both big dogs - and never stops barking. It's stressful for grown adults, so I can only imagine the commotion would be stressful even for a crated pup.
Lol!You may get a migraine the morning of just thinking about the fun day!Darn.:wink2:
 

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re skipping it, that's my preference, if she is going to bring the problem dog. I already have said I couldn't come on X day when the dog was coming, and they rescheduled. I'm not planning on exposing my pup to this dog if uncontrolled, I'm just not sure how much even a crate can help, even if on another floor.
 

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Can you leave the pup crated in the car with the windows rolled down or doors open, and one of those heavy foil things over the top to block the sun? Treat it like a trial situation where the dog has to hang out in the car? I don't know where you live, so the weather might still be too summery for that. But if you can't skip it and a crate in the house won't work, maybe the car could be a safe space.
that was my pref, too, and i said no to this weekend becauuse the temp is to be 95. if too hot next weekend, its def out of the question. even if not, i'm just not sure its worth any risk of trauma however managed.

i appreciate the suggestions - they help to confirm my own thinking. willing to consider any others
 

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re skipping it, that's my preference, if she is going to bring the problem dog. I already have said I couldn't come on X day when the dog was coming, and they rescheduled. I'm not planning on exposing my pup to this dog if uncontrolled, I'm just not sure how much even a crate can help, even if on another floor.
I don't know what kind of family event this is, or who the hosts are relative to you, or who the owner of the problem dog is, or why your presence is required, so my advice might be bad.

But this is family, and sometimes it really is easier to cut to the chase. If my sibling has an unruly dog, I could tell my mom bluntly either, "Brother's dog is an unruly beast, and I don't want to subject my dog to that...come to think of it, I don't want to be around it either," or, "I'm concerned about my dog with Beast; he's big and exuberant, and I'm concerned my dog will get hurt or scared. Because of travel time, it won't work for us to leave our dog at home, so we will not attend if Beast does." I would advise the second approach, for tact. But either way, I'm not telling my parent that she can't invite Brother and Beast. I'm just setting the limit that exposure to Beast doesn't work for my dog.

That second approach is the truth. It's not exaggerated for effect or for humor (although my mom would probably laugh and agree with the first one, if it was true). It sets the stage to a line you can stick to if you need to. And it sets an expectation going forward, that if Mom is going to continue to allow Beast, I won't be there. No hard feelings, but cause and effect.
 

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I did that with a rescue puppy who was not old enough to handle family dogs. I brought the crate and kept the crate with me or in a room alone with no one else allowed in unless I was there. I got complaints but I didn't care. My dog, my rules. The other dogs are not trained and never will be. I also brought along an older dog who was not behaving well and was told to keep that dog home. I eventually stopped going to those kinds of events or found a dog sitter.
 
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