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Millie is 12 weeks old and doing really well meeting new people. Christmas time makes socializing with people really easy because we just take her with to all of our parties.
Our problem is, we don't know any dogs. She met our neighbours dog and warmed up quite quickly but we actually don't know any other small dogs.
Our trainer told us that dog parks were not a good place for socializing because it's so easy to have a bad experience because of all of the untrained dogs. We have a trainer coming to our house once a week's for puppy training so that eliminates socializing during puppy class.
Do you have any suggestions of other places to meet dogs?
During the summer months there are so many dogs in our area that go for daily walks but it seems like they all disappeared once the winter hit.
Thanks for your help again!!!
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One easy place is the pet store chains. Do you have Petco or Petsmart in your area? That's a place to walk the aisles and meet other dogs.

Also, my local Animal Humane Society holds puppy socialization play dates on weekends. I found them very helpful, and they were moderated by a trainer who made sure that the kids played well together.
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One easy place is the pet store chains. Do you have Petco or Petsmart in your area? That's a place to walk the aisles and meet other dogs.

Also, my local Animal Humane Society holds puppy socialization play dates on weekends. I found them very helpful, and they were moderated by a trainer who made sure that the kids played well together.
Thanks for the ideas! I have brought her to petsmart a few times with me. Both times there were no dogs there. I'll keep trying though.
I've never heard of the humane society having play dates. I'm going to have to look into that.
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Buddhas dr. Told me that i shouldn't take him to Pet Smart or a dog store until he is older. She also said to avoid dog parks until he has had all of his shots especially the Parvovirus. She said it was okay to have him as a pup around dogs that I know.

I don't have any suggestions about socializing a young dog. Only thing I have learned so far is to make sure that he is kept medically as safe as possible.
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how come you ddn't sign up for puppy classes ?

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Puppy classes are a good place to start.


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Millie is 12 weeks old and doing really well meeting new people. Christmas time makes socializing with people really easy because we just take her with to all of our parties.
Our problem is, we don't know any dogs. She met our neighbours dog and warmed up quite quickly but we actually don't know any other small dogs.
Our trainer told us that dog parks were not a good place for socializing because it's so easy to have a bad experience because of all of the untrained dogs. We have a trainer coming to our house once a week's for puppy training so that eliminates socializing during puppy class.
Do you have any suggestions of other places to meet dogs?
During the summer months there are so many dogs in our area that go for daily walks but it seems like they all disappeared once the winter hit.
Thanks for your help again!!!
The best place is to start puppy kindergarten ASAP. If you're lucky, your training facility may also have puppy play times. Even if they don't perhaps you can arrange other play dates with the people in your puppy K class.


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One easy place is the pet store chains. Do you have Petco or Petsmart in your area? That's a place to walk the aisles and meet other dogs.

Also, my local Animal Humane Society holds puppy socialization play dates on weekends. I found them very helpful, and they were moderated by a trainer who made sure that the kids played well together.
I would really avoid places like Petco and Petsmart until your puppy is over 6 months old and has a fully developed immune system. While socialization is VITALLY important, there is absolutely no control over the the dogs that are brought to these places, and no knowledgeable supervision. You have no idea whether the dogs your pup comes in contact with there have been properly immunized. I've also had trouble MANY times with people with so called "friendly" big dogs, who are lunging at the end of their leashes trying to get to my small dog. I have to say, even with Kodi as a full grown adult, I ALWAYS take a cart when I go into one of these pet superstores, and if I see ANY sign of unruly behavior from other dogs Kodi is up in the seat of the cart. I just don't take chances with poorly behaved dogs, and I've met too many at these places.

Trainer-moderated play sessions are a completely different story… these are a SUPER opportunity for socialization!


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If you check into puppy classes you might want to try one that has other small puppies in the class. Colbie's class was all larger dogs and she wouldn't interact with them.

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Thanks for the ideas! I have brought her to petsmart a few times with me. Both times there were no dogs there. I'll keep trying though.
She's WAY too young to be at big pet stores. PLEASE keep her away from there!!! (and I'm a HUGE proponent of early socialization… But I want it to be safe!!!) Even if there are no dogs there when you go in, the germs can be left behind. If you HAVE to take her in, keep her in your arms at all times, but it's even better not to take her there.


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