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Old 09-14-2014, 03:22 PM
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Puppy Socialisation tips needed...

I'm getting a puppy in November (Border Terrier) and am doing lots of research now to plan how Im going to train and socialise. The more you read the more options you get!

Puppy will probably be eight weeks when I get him and with such a short window for initial socialisation I want to have a good plan of attack. Im fine with what I'll be doing at home but my worry is more outside socialisation and not overwhelming the puppy. I have way too many questions but help on any of them would be really welcome.

Is there's a rule of thumb for how long you stay at new places while puppy watches on and gets treats for calm behaviour? eg 5-10 minutes while young, increasing as they get older?

Do you start with very quiet places first leading up to busy ones or jump straight in to busy ones (but maybe start edging in from a distance while guaging puppy's reaction?)

If you're at an event is it be best to find a quiet spot to sit so puppy is looking on but not involved or should you be walking around and through whats going on?

How many new places would you aim to go over a week? I live in a popular beach city so have lots of places and events I could visit.

Are there potential issues holding a puppy at every new experience for six weeks (before fully vaccinated)? Do they become too dependant on behind held to feel safe?

And lastly, how do you cope with a squirming puppy in your arms? If they start getting restless do you return to the car? If you want to let them toilet do you just pop them on the ground and hope for the best?

If you've read this long, thank you Any tips or advice will be really welcome...
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Oh my gosh, you sound like me before I got my puppy. You want to make dog laugh, make a plan But seriously though, I got captain shy-pants that can be around heavy machinery without blinking, but if some tries to pet her will bark her fuzzy bum off (better this week though guys!). Anyway, the answer to all of your questions is "know thy puppy." Some pups LOVE crowds (more pets and treats) some HATE them with a firey passion some (my weirdo) don't care too much so long as they're not being pet. Just start slowly (starting at a distance and in quiet places is great) and see how your beast does. And if your pup gets squirmy, find a bench or sit on a blanket. If I can carry around a 20lb squirmy, grumbly English Springer Spaniel, you can FOR SURE handle your terrier. Just be patient and make every experience the best it can be
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Thanks so much for your reply cbarkerb724.

Unfortunately my job requires me to be very organised and it carries over to my 'real' life. I have a bit of a problem over thinking things sometimes (umm maybe like all the time lol).

I've found some good YouTube clips which have given me a better idea of what to do and your advice is great (and very much appreciated).
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Here's a nice description of puppy socialization.

Socialization: When To Do It And When Not To Do It | Psychology Today
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Thanks so much for your reply cbarkerb724.

Unfortunately my job requires me to be very organised and it carries over to my 'real' life. I have a bit of a problem over thinking things sometimes (umm maybe like all the time lol).

I've found some good YouTube clips which have given me a better idea of what to do and your advice is great (and very much appreciated).
You're so welcome! I'm such an over-thinker so I really understand. If you need an over-thinking thing to do, make a list of all the places you can go safely!

This should help get you started:

http://www.petprofessionalguild.com/...n-Download.pdf
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Thank you, both great links.
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I got Sam 2 weeks before Christmas so for me socializing him was a piece of cake-I was home for the holidays and of course everyone was like "Bring the puppy!!! We need to meet him!!!". Boom. By the time I got back to Florida 3 weeks later he was already the friendliest little meatloaf on planet earth.
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