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I have noticed a few comments about people "checking things off the list" for socialization. Does anyone have an actual list they use to help guide their puppy socialization? If so I would like to see this list! I have been introducing Charlie to as many things/sounds/people/etc but I am still curious to see if there really is a list people use. Anyone? Thanks in advance!


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I haven't seen a list but I can tell you the things we did.
We went to

The Mall
Stores
Parks
met barnyard animals
walk where there's lots of potholes (for the noise)
spent time at rock quarry (noise of trucks getting loaded)
school buses/ kids getting on/off
hang out at the ball field while kids play ball

Basically it's been a year of how many people can we meet and how many new things can we see each day. Bentley passed his CGC test today and when she dropped the bowl he didn't even look in that direction because he's really used to different noises.
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This is my ever-evolving puppy socialization/exposures list....


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Wow! So cool! Thanks guys! I knew I couldn't possibly think of everything. These lists are great! Thanks for the links, GoldensGirl.

LibertyMe, did you come up with that list yourself? If so, I'm impressed! :)


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Yes this is my personal list.
I raised service dogs for years....
When I stopped SD training, I continued to use the list for my own puppies...
Then over the years, breeder friends started asking me to socialize their pups for them....so the list has evolved over many years.
 

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I'm laughing because Mary was so helpful to me with socializing our Yogi and supplying me with information. Of course one of the few items I didn't do was socialize him to someone using a cane....fast forward to this week when something happened to my knee and I couldn't support any weight on it- I went to Walgreens and bought a cheap wood cane. He was fascinated by it, followed me, went beside me, then tried to use it as a chew stick. I thought of Mary's list as he (finally!! at 9 months) got this exposure. Now he ignores it!
 

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awesome list Mary, thanks so much for sharing it!
Apparently I am the only one, however, who makes my dogs learn to ride on an escalator!
 

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Honestly, I think the main focus you should have as far as socialization should be all the persons, places, things that your dog will normally be exposed to. And do your best to keep that dog's confidence high and cocky through all interactions and experiences that will be pretty common in his life. :)

With Bertie - that meant going for walks in the rain, going outside and sitting under the eaves during thunderstorms, that means swimming in icy water, sitting in the crate at class, sitting in the car while I run in to the gas station or store, that means going to classes or training places (open floor) ever week from the time he comes home onward, going to petstores every week, going to various lakes, hiking through the woods and across fields, learning to visit with elderly and little kids of our neighborhood without jumping, learning to ignore "non-family" dogs unless I allow it and then not doing anything else besides nose touching, going to the vet every week for weigh ins and learning to like going there....

All of the different things out there that are part of these activities - he was exposed to very early. I think he's a pretty confident dog so far. :)
 

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Its a hold over from SD training...both organizations forbid it... each having had dogs that sustained injuries on escalators...so I just never added it to the list.

awesome list Mary, thanks so much for sharing it!
Apparently I am the only one, however, who makes my dogs learn to ride on an escalator!
 

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Its not even that I get to every item on the list with every puppy. Living in Maine, finding opportunities in the dead of winter is much more challenging with a very young puppy...but serves as a guide and a reminder to stay vigilant and open for opportunities to introduce...and to see possible holes in exposures...
 

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Honestly, I think the main focus you should have as far as socialization should be all the persons, places, things that your dog will normally be exposed to. And do your best to keep that dog's confidence high and cocky through all interactions and experiences that will be pretty common in his life. :)
For sure...this list is what the dogs in my life are likely to run into regularly in thier lives...we are active in our community...we travel and train down town...we walk the woods and neighborhoods...stay in hotels and travel to shows....
If we lived far in the country and the dogs were going to live their lives off leash with the fields and woods as their playground....then they might never need to see clowns, balloons, hear a concert band or ride an elevator..... ;)
 

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I took Stormy to my daughter's classroom for 'show and tell', and took her to the shops where I got every type of person you could imagine to pet her. I take her with me to the kids soccer games, and took her to the beach side during very busy times. The kids ride scooters and roller blade near her too. She's nearly 12 weeks old and doing well.


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At the very big IKC shows here in Chicago the dogs have to use a public ex-pen (unless you are part of a handler's troop), unless you can get them to ride the escalator down to the only exit that you could use to take them outside, which technically was forbidden but no one was policing the escalator area. That's why I had him riding the escalator, as did several other people.
A useful skill in that situation!


Its a hold over from SD training...both organizations forbid it... each having had dogs that sustained injuries on escalators...so I just never added it to the list.
 

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How do you all go about exposing your puppies to other dogs? I checked and Remus puppy class starts next Saturday and so far no other puppies are signed up! We only have two people we know with dogs really.... Any suggestions?
Now we do have neighbors who have dogs in their fences that he hears and sees from afar when walking...
Is it not as important during the first 16 weeks that they meet lots of dogs as it is that they be introduced to other people and things?

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Is it not as important during the first 16 weeks that they meet lots of dogs as it is that they be introduced to other people and things?

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It is very important to meet dogs in the first 16 weeks. In fact a puppies brain only grows for the first 16 weeks. After that proper socialization is a lot more work. You have to be intentionally about getting out and finding friendly dogs to socialize with.
 
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