11-02-2015, 03:20 PM
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One nice way to take puppies out without exposing them to any germs is to have them hang out in your car. It's easiest if you have some kind of car where the dog can hang out inside and still have a good view outside (like a hatchback), but do-able with a sedan if you put a rubber-backed mat on the hood so it's not too slippery (you'd be right there with her on leash, of course, so she can't leap off!). Then play a game like Watch the World (https://paws4udogs.wordpress.com/201...or-reactivity/
). Just avoid situations where your puppy will be overwhelmed, since she's stationary (easier to feel trapped than if she's frolicking about).
When we got our new dog, she had her shots but found the world a bit overwelming. I'd take her to parking lots outside a variety of different places and feed her whole meals -- sit at the quietest end of the grocery store lot and get dinner while watching people carry bags & push carts; sit across from the physical therapy office and watch people on crutches or wheels while enjoying breakfast; park in the street across from the elementary school and watch kids running around, with lots of little bites of chicken; that sort of thing. I have a hatchback, so I'd just have her lie in her crate inside, sometimes with the crate door open, sometimes closed, which was also pretty good practice for relaxing in the car. And if people came straight at us to pet the pretty puppy, I could just shut the car door and walk a few steps away to head them off. As she got more comfortable, I'd have her hop out of the car and we'd do the same thing in the parking lot or at a nearby area...it's a pretty low-key way to expose a dog to a variety of things without forcing them into close proximity to potentially scary stuff.
Have fun with the new puppy!