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Old 11-08-2009, 02:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I am also new to this forum and also a new owner of a 11 week old black lab. I totally empathise with what you are saying, the first week home was sooo stressful. I work in a school and so are off at the moment but had to go in today for a few hours, I was ringing home ever 10 mins the kids just to see if she was alright. We have just started walking her this week, she does not like the cars etc - any tips, I think I am going to sit outside our house with her so she can just watch the cars go by, it's not a hugely busy road but we do have to cross one to get to the park. I also want to get it right, it is so reassuring having this site to be able to talk to other people.
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Heggers - I have split your post from the original thread as it may get missed as you arent subscribed I couldnt pm you.

With regard to socialising puppy - yes definitely take her to places where she will hear traffic see kids anything as long as she has had her jabs then she is fine and if not then carry her for a bit. I found supermarkets were a fab place to socilise pups just find a bench and watch the world go by

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Old 11-08-2009, 03:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi Heggers and welcome!

I think there was another post just a couple of days/weeks ago that will help you on this one, but here are a few more things that we did with the Bug:

- Pets at Home is great! - tons of attention in there from animals and people - and a chance for him to sniff the rabbit cages without being able to go for them

- Even before his jabs, we bundled him into a rucksack on OH's chest and trooped off into town - specifically hunting down noisy cars, men with beards, people with walking frames, buses, lorries, kiddies. Of course, you will glow with pride as everyone tells you how lubbly your pup is!

- In the house we played the stereo high, put the washing machine on high spin, clattered with some pots and pans, used the hoover near his crate

Puppy parties are a bawl too

Look forward to seeing some lovely pics

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Old 11-08-2009, 05:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Socialising is all about gradually increasing without over faceing the pup. Not adding to the stress levels until you are sure that pup can cope.

What a dog has to cope with depends so much on where the owner lives and what their interests are. For instance, a pup who's future is mapped out as a working gundog needs to be bomb proof around livestock, where a dog living in the middle of London may never see a field of sheep!

So give some thought to what your pup needs to know about and rank from the least frightening upwards. Then set out to visit each of these things in turn. But be aware, a pup may not view things in the same way as us. I remember my old Katy's big fright was a piece of white polythene flapping in a bush! I quietly picked it up and walked on carrying it so she had plenty of time to see it, and more importantly, see that it was not hurting me. She was never bothered about flapping things again!

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I took Alfie were i go on a daily basis shops, schools(although they were closed...lol) to the nursery where he meet 30 screaming kids. Took him to the park, near water, the busy high street were he encourted everything from scray poeple to buggies with kids in them, he still isn;t keen when big trucks go by but its a wrok in progress.

The only thing i can say he really doesn;t like is the hoover, the minute it comes out he runs for his crate and stays there til its gone again...lol
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But be aware, a pup may not view things in the same way as us. I remember my old Katy's big fright was a piece of white polythene flapping in a bush!
Great advice, I couldn't understand why Lincoln was so scared approaching the village green earlier this year...it was a snowman! he had never see one before and doesnt come across enough of them to become familiar

he was a 1 year old rescue when we had him who hadnt lived in a house i think b4, so ideally the earlier u can socialise to what the dog will encounter the better, but as John says without over stressing.

he hated the hoover when we first had him, and used to run down the garden.. 10 months later he will lie and watch it from the next room now, i never push him beyond his comfort zone with things like this as i feel he will tolerate it all in good time,
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Indy is scared of cows...but I think that's a good thing as it stopped her from being bowled over by a load of horses on the beach the other day. She's also scared of the hosepipe and I'm not entirely sure how to fix that one!

As long as you don't show any fear at all around loud noises such as fireworks and thunder, and don't make a fuss when your pup does then you'll find as time passes they'll take most things in their stride. Indy was watching my friend in our garage using a grinder on some metal tubing (from behind the gate) and you'll probably know that that's really loud but she wasn't even remotely fussed
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Thanks everybody, it is all reassuring. I think we may be off to Pets at Home tomorrow, kill two birds with one stone, car and people. I am sure we will come back with new toys and collar.

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