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Which of these locations would be appropriate for the socialization of an eight-week-old SD candidate?

Football game
- 0 (0%)
Walmart
- 0 (0%)
Walk around the neighborhood
- 1 (8.3%)
Car ride
- 2 (16.7%)
Vet's office
- 4 (33.3%)
Park
- 0 (0%)
Concert
- 0 (0%)
Pet store
- 0 (0%)
Dog school
- 0 (0%)
visit friend's house
- 3 (25%)
Grocery Store
- 0 (0%)
You should take an SD candidate puppy everywhere with you
- 2 (16.7%)

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Kirsten

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Socialization of eight-week-old puppy
« on: October 08, 2006, 04:59:10 PM »
Are some places appropriate and others not?  Why or why not?

What precautions should you take when socializing a puppy?

Who has the final say in where you may take your puppy?
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Re: Socialization of eight-week-old puppy
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2006, 03:57:51 PM »
I once thought it would be a lot of fun to be able to take a puppy everywhere I went. I looked on a web site about puppy raisers and they want you to take the pups off with you all the time. I'm not sure about those rules. So while it would be fun sometimes there are times when it would be a pain. And if you take a dog that hasn't been trained yet it might make other people mad. I wouldn't like to be shopping and have some dog come up to me and jump up. I think the rules should be to take the puppy off several times a week but to places where you can take a pet dog of the same age.
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Re: Socialization of eight-week-old puppy
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2006, 04:07:26 PM »
I would not want to take a eight week old puppy to where a lot of other dogs were because it could get very sick. The only place it should go is to a friend's house or the vet. It should at that age just be getting use to its new home and family. I also would not want to take it off to where a lot of people were going to be. The noise and stuff might scare it. I think it would be better to have just a couple of quiet people play with it at a time. The puppy should be starting to visit with people of different ages and both sexes. It should be getting use to seeing people who look different then the people it lives with. Then when it gets older no one will look scary to the puppy.

An eight week old puppy should be riding in the car a lot on short little drives so it starts to like going on trips. You can also just carry it into the vet to say hi to everyone. If it only goes to the vet for a shot it will start to be scared and maybe act up at the vet's office when it is older.
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Re: Socialization of eight-week-old puppy
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2006, 05:09:55 PM »
In most states puppy raisers would have no legal right to take their pup with them in public without first getting permission from the place they plan to visit.  Remember that puppy raisers and service dog trainers are two different things, so even if the state has trainers' rights, they don't necessarily apply to puppy raisers.

Puppies need a wide range of experiences, but it really isn't necessary, or even well-advised, to take them everywhere.  Outings should be carefully planned with specific goals.  Outings should be well-controlled.  Most agencies using puppy raisers require them to attend weekly training classes and give them very specific rules about outings.

Socialization is a term frequently misapplied to "taking a pup everywhere."  Socialization is not about places at all, but about meeting and interacting with other living creatures, including as many different kinds of people and dogs as possible.  Habituation is the process of getting a dog used to different places.  It is not necessary for a pup to experience every store in town to learn about being in stores.  What he really needs to learn are different kinds of flooring surfaces, different kinds of entrances, different smells, and different distractions.  Each of these should be practiced first at home and friends' homes, then at dog school, and finally "on the road," but in very controlled situations.  If a pup suddenly faces a slippery floor, aggressive dog, and noisy/grabby children all at once, he can be overwhelmed and emotionally scarred.  He needs to experience each thing individually and with sufficient control that he is not overwhelmed.  A young pup cannot handle as much stimulation as an older pup.  So each outing needs to be customized for that particular pups personal development.  At eight weeks old, screaming kids at 20 feet was about the limit of Ruby's tolerance.    Ruby and Oz were my most recent puppy project.  By 14 weeks, she was running in a pack with the kids.  At six months, she was in an elementary school gym with several hundred kids petting her.  There were many many other steps in between.  The point is her exposure to kids was gradual and very carefully planned and controlled so that she would always be confident and successful in the encounter.  The result is a very confident young adult.
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Re: Socialization of eight-week-old puppy
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2009, 04:02:17 AM »
It was me who checked the box for "walks around the neighborhood"; for an 8 week old puppy however, I would just walk the puppy a few feet from my house when my neighbors were out and could meet us.
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