Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Socializing puppies with non socialized dogs
Our puppies are 11 weeks old and doing very well, meeting new people almost daily. My question is about allowing them to meet other dogs of friends and neighbors. They have their shots, but are not as well behaved as I would like them to be. Is it good or bad to allow the pups to "meet" these dogs through our fence? I'm not sure if I should discourage it, bring them inside when the neighbors dogs come out, or allow the pups to experience this and try to deal with it. Today their initial reaction was RUN! I stayed out near the fence and they ventured back toward me but the other dog (a mini pin) was barking almost the whole time. They were nervous. After a short time i asked them if they wanted to go in the house and they ran very fast back to the door. I took them in. Am I making it worse by allowing full retreat? or making it worse by encouraging them to come closer to the fence?