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Socialization- use of doggy daycare

Has anyone from Northern Virginia use Affectionate Pet Care Center in Fairfax? I also see that they offer Rally Obedience. I think Rudy needs more socialization with other dogs. We are thinking of getting puppy #2, but first want him to feel comfortable around other dogs. He's 16 months old and hasn't really "romped" with any other dogs since we got him. He's been to puppy kindergarten and we take 45 minute walks 5 days a week and sees other dogs on our walks, but he mostly interacts with people. For those of you who have an "only child", do you take your Havs to doggy daycare a few hours a day to get some socialization with other dogs? I'm also looking for an agility type class for the fall/winter. The ideal situation would be with other small dogs

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Lisa - Where are you in Northern Virginia? I am in Old Town Alexandria. I don't take Loki to doggy day care but webhave been getting together with Dawn (articshark) and Java occasionally. I also take Loki to the dog park in Shirlington - there is a separate park for small dogs. He loves it. I have a smallish back patio that is mostly brick but we could also get together at my house. Loki is 6 mos. old now and loves to play with other dogs. PM me if you want to get together.
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I would approach doggy day care with great caution. There are some good ones out there, but there are farmer where, as long as there isn't major fighting, they don't really even notice whether dogs are getting emotionally bullied. A lot of owners don't know the difference either. The result can be a dog who was simply 'Under socialized to start with, who ends up actively reactive as a result of being thrown in with a bunch of other dogs. Another problem with "small dog day cares" is that many small dog people are not good but potty training their dogs, so there are dogs peeing and pooping everywhere. It's really hard for that not to rub off on your dog.

I'm not saying all day cares are like this... there are a few people on the forum who have had very good experiences. But be very careful.

Classes are great for getting your dog used to working AROUND other dogs while maintaining attention on you. But there is really no dog/dog socialization that goes on in classes beyond puppy kindergarten. Some training centers do have supervised play times. I think this is one of the BEST opportunities, because unlike day care, where who knows might be "supervising", or the dog park, where only (often clueless) owners are supervising, at a training center, it is likely that one of the training staff will be supervising a play group, (along with the owners) making it more likely that interactions will be appropriate.

My favorite form of socialization for my dogs is to have play time with a few other Havanese or small, similar temperament dogs, in my own back yard.
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My favorite form of socialization for my dogs is to have play time with a few other Havanese or small, similar temperament dogs, in my own back yard.
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Rudy just came back from being groomed and for the first time since we have been going to them, we saw 2 other Havanese. They all wagged their tails and seemed happy to see a fellow Hav. It was too cute! That's the first time we actually have seen a Havanese since we got Rudy from our breeder.😊 Just love Havanese. All 3 of them were different colors. Just love all the colors of the Havanese breed.😍
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Our local Petco has small breed puppy playtime every Saturday for an hour. Typically three to five puppies show up. Shama goes nearly every week. Even though she has technically aged out, she is so small and plays so well with the puppies they let us keep attending. She loves it. You could see if any local pet stores in your area have something similar.

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for the first since we have been going to them we saw 2 other Havanese. They all wagged their tails and seemed happy to see a fellow Hav. It was too cute!
Ricky Ricardo has lots of "other breed" playmates. But his numero uno, favorite playmate is CoCo, a light brown chocolate Hav in Mexico who is about a year younger and about 3 pounds heavier. They are two roughnecks who play to exhaustion. When we vacation in Mexico we try to get them together for play about an hour each day. It looks like Havs have personality characteristics that they recognize in each other. All peas in a pod.

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I've been taking Bowie, 13 weeks, to my neighbors house for play dates. They have an eight year old Shih Tzu and love to romp together. Today they came to my house and Malli just wasn't the same, she really wouldn't play and snapped at Bowie. Any ideas why? I love the idea of neighborhood play dates! Anyone near Sacramento, CA???
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