Well Dory, maybe 2 minutes...Today I want to let you know about dog socializing . In my own experience, I know that Dory benefited SO MUCH by socializing her. We used trips to the Lake for Dive (dog) Club nights, walks at Town Lake and a Pet**art visits and puppy class. Now she is the social butterfly! Believe it or not, we also socialized Bilbo...maybe even more than Dory with the same routine...and he has turned out to be..well..Bilbo..He is not into crowds.He prefers to sleep upstairs when we have company or a party (this is where he was for the Baby Shower last week). This is most likely a result of his medical "issues". But he would much rather just hang out with(and boss around) his Mom and Dad that anything else.
Today I have decided to honor Miss Sassy Sasha 's( **love you little girl**) wishes and go to Pet Amore and not the "man who's name we do not mention" for some examples on how to socialize your dogs:
Introduce your dog to as many people as possible in a non-threatening environment. Make sure that you introduce males, females, children and adolescents. Supervise all interaction, and make sure that each experience is a positive one for your dog. If your dog has enough encounters with friendly males that give him biscuits, or kibbles for example, he is likely to seek out males in the future and not be aggressive towards them, or suspicious of them.
Have small dinner parties at your home to introduce your new dog to your friends. Again, make sure your friends Ooh and Ahh, over your dog, and give him lots of affection.
Take your dog on neighborhood walks with other owners. This will give your
dog a chance to interact with other dogs, and observe their behavior. Especially, if you have a puppy, your dog will start to imitate the Leash Behavior of the other dog. (No one trains a dog better than another dog!)
Take your dog to obedience classes
Take your dog to dog parks
Introduce your dog to your neighbor's friendly cat
If allowed take your dog to a local farm, petting zoo
Take your dog to local pet shops, like Petco, or PetSmart, etc. (most pet shops welcome canines) There they will not only meet and see other animals and people, but they will be bombarded with tons of smells to captivate them
Invite your neighbor's over to meet the dog, (this is also a good idea because it gives your neighbors a chance to meet him/her, and if they ever notice your dog escaping the yard for example, they will know who to bring the dog back to!)
If you have children, invite some of their classmates over after school
If you don't have children walk your dog near a school when school lets out
Bring your dog on an elevator ride with you
Take your dog to doggy day care
Walk your dog in a crowded part of town
Take your dog to a groomer
Take your dog for a ride in your car (not just when you go to the Vet)
This week I will get Bilbo out more...and see what happens!
How did you all socialize your fur-kids??
First..the trivia question..that is what the "Fun" in Fun Friday is for! Mama says you can find the answer by searching these here interrnets!
What actor who played a famous TV Vampire was "discovered" while walking his fur-kid??
The first person to answer this question correctly in the "Bark-ments" below will have 20 green papers sent to the Lago Vista PAWS (aka Lifelong Friends) shelter here in Texas in there name.
Good Luck to all my Fur-iends!!!
In other news....I have a NEW UNCLE but shhhhhhhh don't tell Grandma...it's a SURPRISE!!
Right now, I just call him Uncle and he is living with my Human Uncle and Cousins until he goes to Grandpa and Grandma's next Friday...Here are picture's my Cousin K took with her phone last night and this morning.
I hope everyone has a PAWSOME VPKC Friday!!!!