I am going to be getting a puppy within the year and I would like it to be very good around other dogs. I want to socialize the puppy very well and have read books and magazines on the topic but wanted to know if anyone who has a dog has any tips. My dog does not have to be overly friendly but I want it to get along with other dogs and not try to attack them while we are on walks and so forth. I know that I should let my puppy meet as many dogs as possible while it is still young (and make sure that those experiences are positive ones) but if anyone has any other tips please let me know.
If you can take your puppy to a 'daycare' for a few hours every week, that works. Obedience training can be it's own type of socialization, as can just something as simple as taking your dog tot he local petsmart for a few hours. A trip to a leash free park is also an option, but keep your dog on a leash at first when you go.
In our town, you can look it up in the phone book under pet sitting services. Or your local pet supply store, call them up and ask them if they know of any place around where you live that has a day time 'daycare' program. It's not usually limited by age, the only requirement is that dogs over a certain age be spayed or neutered and proof of vaccinations. Here, it costs about $7 or $10 to keep them there all day, the dogs can play with each other (supervised, divided by the size of dog or puppy usually).
puppy daycare is great. i had my little cocker in when she was young to be more socialized. after obedience classes she did great with all dogs. unfortunately, she was approached by two blue tick hounds at our therapy group (go to nursing homes), and ever since then, she will only let 3 dogs around her. i really hate it, because cockers have been given a bad name for so long, i wanted her to be different. i wanted her to be friendly to all dogs, not just the ones she sees on a daily basis. any suggestions? went to rowdy rover class with other pets with the same problem, worked for a while, but then back into the protective mode. she just grumbles, nothing else, but still something i didn't want. makes me feel like i did something wrong.
i take my pup with me everywhere i go. i take her to my son's daycare where she gets alot of attention from kids, i take her to the bus stop on my days off, i take her to the shoprite plaza and just walk her around. someone always wants to pet her. i take her to friends houses, i enrolled her in puppy socialization/obedience classes when she was 3 months old. biggest thing = just make sure every experience is a positive one especially when they go through their fear period at around 7 months old.
Dogs get well over 50% of their social behavior from their mother and siblings. Another large percent from the breeders efforts in socializing. Be sure to get your dog from a breeder who takes pride in socializing their pups. Between the ages of 3 to 12 weeks, they need to "play fight" with siblings. This is the period when they learn nearly all social skills and imprinting takes place that will last their entire life. Puppies should NEVER EVER leave their mom before 6 weeks. 10 - 12 weeks in most breeds is much better. Also, puppy classes and daycares at a young age ARE important, as well as helpful.
I would choose a puppy that is not overly aggressive. The one that seems more easy going and doesn't push the other puppies around. If a puppy is dominant towards the other pups in the litter they will be pushy with the dogs at the park. Also puppies that are not exposed to other dogs(various breeds) during the socialization period are likely to develope aggressive/fearful responses to other dogs later.Timid puppies should not be pushed into intimidating situation it should be taken slow with the supervision of a trainer.Also isolation can make a dog hyper. Hope that helps.?
Puppy daycare is great. Start when they are still young. The one in our area is wonderful, and they also offer training while you are at work. It's really a great time for the dogs. Really teaches them how to get along with other dogs, and be without you. Don't want them to become so dependant on you that they have a little separation anxiety(like mine). She only did day care for a short time when she was young, and then her classes. She did very well, but now she is with me 24/7 and is very very dependant. Wish I would have done a couple things different when she was younger, she is 4 now. She is very sweet though.
Chose the most submissive dog you can. Place the puppy on its back and place your hand gently on its ribs. If it doesn't put up a fight it will be more submissive when it grows up. Bring a soda can with some pennies in it. Shake it trying to suprise the dog. If it runs and hides it is a fearful dog and will need more TLC than a more confident dog. These things may help you when you find a breed you are interested in.