So I have done my research and understand the importance of early socialization. Ivy will come to us at 8 weeks and while I do want to get her out and about I am not too sure exactly how to go about this.
I'll take her to my friend's house. She has a 2 yr old well mannered Havanese.
I'll take her to the local pet store but just carry her, no going on the floor in or outside the store.
My girls want to take her for a "walk" in the doll stroller. On the walk, how should we allow the dogs we meet greet her?
We can't really go in to stores because they have the no dogs signs.
What else can we do?
The BEST thing you can do is sign her up for a good, well-run puppy kindergarten ASAP. This will give her opportunities to socialize and learn from other puppies of all sizes in a safe, supervised, structured way.
I would not use a doll stroller... too easy for her to jump out and get hurt. But dog strollers are not expensive, and many of us find them useful in certain situations throughout the dog's life. So that's an option. I would NOT allow nose touching with unknown dogs, for two reasons. First is the possibility of infection. The other is that introductions between dogs is best done with the puppy unrestrained, so s/he can retreat if s/he feels threatened.
As Linda said, take her everywhere you can and introduce her to all the people you can. The first few weeks of socialization are at LEAST as much about socializing with people as with other dogs. Find other friends who have dogs that you know are healthy and appropriately inoculated and who are well mannered (this last is vitally important!) and set up play dates with them! Once you start puppy K, maybe you can set up some play dates with other class members in between classes.
I think walks in the yard, or in places of low traffic (like the woods or trails) is fine, as long as you don't let your puppy sniff poop, etc. I would NOT let them down on the ground in a pet store or at the vet's office. There the risk of infection is much higher.
Oh, and I agree with Linda completely about the car rides. Have her in the car daily, even if only for short rides. The more short rides she has early, the better traveller she'll be in the long run. I LOVE it that I can take Kodi everywhere with me!