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Old 06-27-2014, 06:23 PM
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Im not sure if any of these have been mentioned, but for a puppy that young id focus a lot on sound introduction.

Horns, shaking rice or beads in a water bottle, screaming, laughing, pots and pans, other animals ect...

Also walking on different surfaces. Wet surfaces, tile, wood, carpet, slippery floors, rough floors ect...

Have people come over, go for car rides, go to the pet store ect...

Theres so much you can do without actually interacting with things that may be harmful to her. Good luck !


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Pupdate: I brought Lila to the farmer's market today at the tail end of things. There was loud music and EVERYONE wanted to meet her. She was a little perturbed, but I wouldn't say fearful. After making the rounds (it's a small market) we retreated to a shady bench and a couple people stopped by to say hello. Lila ate treats and took a nap! She wasn't her usual spunky self, and she made her "I hate this" face most of the time, but I think it was an overall success! We only stayed for a half hour/forty minutes.
I also think if she had been able to walk on the ground she would have been way happier, but there were quite a few dogs so she was carried.
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I tried. Went to Petsmart as I thought there would be more people and especially dogs than at any of the smaller local stores. One dog, a few people, and a really creepy dude. Then we went to the park - it's a nice Saturday, I figured there'd be plenty of activity. Three cars in the parking lot. We didn't even get out of the car.

I'm planning to rest a bit and then join my husband at a picnic at another local park / historic site. Maybe there will be some joy there.
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Bad luck! I was thinking of going to Lowes soon since they sometimes allow dogs. I'd prefer Barnes and Noble (also sometimes allows dogs) except I am certain Lila would pee on their carpet
I love historic sites. I hope your picnic is full of new people and puppy-love
A thought: If you have 4H near you you could contact your local Cornell Cooperative Extension and explain that your new pup needs to meet some nice kids and ask if any of the clubs would like to learn about raising a puppy. I was a teen 4H leader back in the day and those involved in the organization are so good to animals.
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Great post and ideas! I'll be faced with socializing in a few weeks and love the suggestions.


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Lila and I went to petsmart today. She was such a hit! She sat in the cart and ate treats. She wasn't her usual spunky self but she wasn't panting or yawning, her ears were up and she eventually fell asleep.
One thing I've learned: everyone thinks they know my dog better than I do and most people give terrible advice. @cookieface How did the park go yesterday?
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@cbarkerb724, glad you and Lila had a successful outing! I bet she was tired by the end of the trip. I've found that adventures to new places are the quickest way to fatigue a dog.

Picnic was good. Lots of people giving both dogs attention; only one other dog and Tyson didn't even notice him.

He's been exposed to many people, just not many dogs. We start puppy kindergarten on Wednesday, so we'll have that. I also want to try the parks / playgrounds again. Perhaps an evening would be better. All this time I've been trying to avoid other dogs because of Katie. Now that I want them, I can't find them. <sigh>
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@cookieface That sounds like a successful outing! Puppy kindergarten will be so fun! I'm jealous your's starts so soon. We have to wait another week!
Lila met her first little kid today at the farm stand. What a great kid, pet Lila really gently. Lila liked her much more than most people I was very proud of my pup for being so polite.
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There's a lot of great suggestions on this subject already. I would like to add in an article that I recently read about puppy socialization. Much of it is explained already through the other members, but a concept that I found interesting in this article is that it explains that socialization doesn't always need to be right up in your puppy's face. Much of the learning process takes place by just "being" in the area.

https://wuffworld.com/socialization-puppies/

This was the article that I had read the other day. It also covers a little bit about if it's a good idea to socialize before vaccinations are done. I hope this helps!

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