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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?
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trying to socialize through a fence creates frustration , introduce one at a time. and monitor. \Offleash is the only way to meet.

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I agree with Dave.


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thanks for the advice... here's my follow up, the neighbors want to let their dog/s come in our fence to have the dogs meet. Is it really a good idea? so you are saying it would be okay for one at a time? one of theirs with one of ours? I must admit, I don't trust the minipin. they also have a dachshund who is much calmer. I want our dogs to be able to be around each other but I am really nervous about allowing (the mini pin) freedom off leash. They do not have a fenced in yard and their dog is always on leash or held when outside. Maybe I just keep bad influences away? or wait till they are older? Many thanks for your insights (again).
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thanks for the advice... here's my follow up, the neighbors want to let their dog/s come in our fence to have the dogs meet. Is it really a good idea? so you are saying it would be okay for one at a time? one of theirs with one of ours? I must admit, I don't trust the minipin. they also have a dachshund who is much calmer. I want our dogs to be able to be around each other but I am really nervous about allowing (the mini pin) freedom off leash. They do not have a fenced in yard and their dog is always on leash or held when outside. Maybe I just keep bad influences away? or wait till they are older? Many thanks for your insights (again).
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Boy, I wouldn't want to do that without a VERY experienced, trusted trainer there to help "read" the situation to keep your puppies safe and make sure that it is a positive experience for all.

A good friend of mine just got a lovely young GSD/cattle dog mix. Even though this dog seemed very quiet and well-behaved, and we know he got along well with the other GSD's in his old home, we were nervous about introducing Him to Kodi with him loose. So we took him to our training center (a neutral place) and made the introduction with the supervision of my trainer. It was actually Kodi who COULD have caused a problem... Not because he was being unfriendly, but because he got vy excited, trying to get the new dog (Corrie) to play. So my trainer had us keep calling them back to us, doing a little work, and releasing them to interact again. (We could call them away because both are trained to that level. Otherwise, we would have had to go get them and put them on leash to work them apart) It wasn't long before Kodi had calmed down, and we were able to walk them together, off leash, with both paying attention to us and enjoying each other's company. But without the trainer's help, we might not have realized that Kodi's excitement could cause a problem between the two.


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yeah I would do some parallel walking on the street on leash first . See how they react. Back asap.


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Thank you Karen and Dave...I really value your advice. today we avoided confrontation but if we are going to have any outside play time we are going to have to deal with this. My dogs want to run inside as soon as that dog barks and today it was from iNSIDE their house. Leash training is going well so maybe we can try the side by side walk at some point. If nothing else that video will help me teach our two to walk side by side! (So far I am taking them separately) . Seems like the key is to get your dog to focus on you. Dont see the mini pin focusing on anything for more than 2 seconds. Anyway..thanks for taking the time to help me.
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