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Old 12-04-2011, 04:23 PM
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Puppy is only around humans -- will become socially inept?

Murray is 5 mo. and comes to work with me, rarely is he around other dogs or pups.

When he is around other dogs or pups male or females he becomes SUPER EAGER AND RAMBUNCTIOUS and but otherwise friendly.

Am I doing him a disservice by not exposing him to other dogs at such a young age?
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depends.

Do you want him o be social and friendly towards dogs? if so, then yes you must socialize him with them. How else will he learn to interact and great dogs?

if you dont plan on having another dog, or binging him near other dogs. I dont see the big deal.

My dogs meet new and old dogs almost daily. to me its very important part of life for them and me.
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Personally, I think it's very important. Having had a reactive dog, having a semi (though much improved) reactive dog, and knowing a few reactive dogs. It makes everything much harder if on the chance your dog does meet another, he doesn't act like a maniac. Not saying he'll be reactive, but he won't have an easy time reading other dog's body language/calming signals, and won't know how to react accordingly.

Example: my dog was throwing major calming signals to my brother-in-law's dog who was barking at her, and he didn't realize that she was basically telling him "you're boss, don't hurt me." Instead, he kept barking and trying to intimidate her. This is an extreme example, but this dog is one who was also never socialized with other dogs as a puppy. He is great with people.

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i also think it is important to socialize him with other dogs. but more important, you need to be careful about the other dogs you pick and how the interactions go... you don't want to allow him to bully another dog, or vice versa... you want the associations he makes with the experience to be positive ones... you might try looking around your area for meet and greet type functions. sometimes trainers will offer these sorts of things. otherwise, if you have friends with dogs, that you know well... and know to be well socialized, that is a good option



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Thinking of spending the day with him at a local doggy care center. I already know he's good with other dogs in general.

However, I've noticed that when other dogs don't reciprocate the level of enthusiasm during the meet and greet, he'll get more rambunctious and in some cases begin to growl and nibble at the dog's face (playfully).
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We've been doing doggy day care once a week for a few months, and I can't tell you how much it's improved Coconut's interactions with other dogs. We started her at about 6 months. She wags her tail when she greets most dogs now and initiates play. Before she would run away and snap at them when they sniffed her. LOL. She still has some problems with dogs bigger than her and certain dogs on walks, but it's something I can work on much easier.
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We've been doing doggy day care once a week for a few months, and I can't tell you how much it's improved Coconut's interactions with other dogs. We started her at about 6 months. She wags her tail when she greets most dogs now and initiates play. Before she would run away and snap at them when they sniffed her. LOL. She still has some problems with dogs bigger than her and certain dogs on walks, but it's something I can work on much easier.
Awesome to hear this, I'm looking forward to our first outing together at the day care center.
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Just watch him carefully. And, like fawkese said, be sure he is not getting picked on. I trust the place we take Coconut to because they do temperament testing, don't let the play groups get too big, and have a relatively large staff for the amount of dogs they board. You want to make sure he's having good experiences. Every time we take Coconut, she is super amped.

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Yep.. I would definitely look for doggie social time.. even if you do not plan to get another dog.. if you take him to work and places with you, he will probably run into dogs at some point. I take my dogs with me a lot of places and it is a pain when another dog there goes nutso and mine is like.. what's your deal.. lol
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