Puppy Socialization 101
Ian Dunbar, a noted author on puppy and dog behavior, indicates that our puppies should meet 100 people in the first weeks of their lives along with being exposed to different sounds and environments and light scenarios. This is especially true with mini Aussie puppies because unlike some breeds, they are not genetically wired to open their hearts to strangers unless they learn very early that people=fun or in dog terms, TREATS!
Swagger, our keeper from our last litter spent the day at some of the places we frequent for his first big dose of socialization. If you want attention, ride an 8-week old puppy around in your shopping cart at Lowes! If you happen to be a little shy yourself, this will definitely bring you out of your shell and you can meet all kinds of interesting people. My favorite phrase, “would you like to pet my puppy?” always brings the children around followed by their smiling parents. Perfect…inexpensive, and I would be there anyway with my husband browsing in the electrical aisle.
We want only happy and healthy experiences, so I didn’t sit Swagger on the ground yet since he has only had his first round of shots. Being at eye level was the perfect scenario for some coos and ahhhhhs and isn’t he the sweetest thing evers!! It was fun and gave others an opportunity to share with me the stories and even pictures of the dogs that they love.
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