Yes Brigit, I am sure that is what I had done wrong before. I didn't continue and didn't realize it was too late. I was able to work with him some, but dogs and many people were never "good" again.
My puppy is much better temperment wise. I just wanted to ensure I was doing all I can for him. I plan on continuing to take him out since he has really come to enjoy it. He expects me to take him with me everywhere on my days off now! He sees me getting ready and sits by the door for his leash!
Cindy, I think you are doing great. Just try to make sure that the experiences will be positive with only mild stressors. Also, with some breeds socialization has to be ongoing throughout their lives. Even my adult dogs get to go places with me at least once a month (in addition to walking them). Birgit
Thanks for the input! So far I have taken him to 2 different puppy classes. The one we are in now is small, there is often only one other dog there or none. I find it more useful though, the larger class had less time to practice and was a lot more lecture than active teaching. I plan on taking him to all available classes there. They are reasonably priced and we like the instructor. I was thinking beyond that. The classes are in the pet store, an I do take him to other pet stores when possible. I take him to a lot of people's houses with me, and walking/running when the weather is ok in places where I know dogs will be. I guess I wanted some reassurance that I am doing ENOUGH. I had a very aggressive dog before (fear-based) ad I do not want to have that happen again.
Hi! Baby Star (my pit bull), was born deaf. Socializing her was very important to me. I decided on the doggy daycare. It is very expensive, but well worth it for me (and for Baby Star). I think the dog park may be a good option, but as mentioned earlier, some of the owner's don't follow the (usually posted) rules and regs. I hope your baby does well with whatever you choose and please keep us posted. P.S. Baby Star still goes to daycare everyday...I pack her lunch and the whole nine yards....It's hilarious!!!! XOXO, Jojo
I would personally stay away from dog parks, too many owners of aggressive dogs take their dogs there to "socialize" at your dog's expense. Even one bad experience with another dog can scare your dog for life if it's serious. I would recommend going into pet stores, hardware stores, other stores that don't sell food that are not posted "no pets". In the summer some outdoor markets are great. Also, grooming salons, even if you dog does not require professional grooming. Just have them do a nail trim and tell them that you are sozializing your dog and to just make it a good experience (with you there). Puppy training classes are great if they are small and only have dogs of similar size (separate small and large dog classes). Birgit
when I wanted to socialize my new pup, I used to take my puppy everywhere with me, I would take her to the nearest Walmart parking lot and let EVERYONE who wanted to, pet her, and there were other dogs in cars with other people that would let me introduce her to their dogs! So I am just saying; go to any public place, people love pups, they will want to see your new pup! Also, go near a pet store, maybe other dogs/cats/etc. there.Go to a petsmart or Petco, somewhere like that. The very BEST advice I can give you is to take your pup to puppy kindergarten class! Best thing you can do! They get socialization and much more there too! I will never have a pup/dog that I wont take to class, even though I can train myself, I do it for the socialization! Good luck to you and your new puppy!
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One of our rescue dogs wasn't socialized nor had she ever been outdoors in her 13 months of life. She was so frightened of us that we chose to take her and work with her. Our son came over with he dog and our Daisy again was in a panic & jumped into my lap. Our son it took 6 weeks of frequent visit to let him touch her. Similar with other people. We did get a 2nd rescue the same week and after a couple hours, they bonded. We took them on car rides and camping which they adore!! We winter in south TX. and are on doggie row. With Daisy, everything she showed fear with, we played with her like a plastic grocery bag scared her and I would shake it around her and laugh like we were playing a game. When she learned it wouldn't hurt her she has begun to play the game as well. The dogs are well adjusted and we always say they are a work in progress as there is always room for improvement. Both now seek people out as well as other dogs. We have worked for over 1 and 1/2 yrs. and are pleased with the progress. Our Vet.is too. Hope this helps you a little.
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I had a dog previously who was my best friend for sure but was NOT soicalized enough at all. I dropped the ball after he got comfortable here and that is really just what he did. Wanted NOTHING to do with anyone he didn't know as a young adult (I adopted him from the humane society at 7 months). Dog or human. Now, I am trying to avoid this in the future and have been trying my best to socialize my puppy as much as I can. What do people here do for their dogs/puppies? I have limited friends with dogs and I am considering a puppy playtime again but it costs money and is not all that convenient.
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