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...