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Now that it's been seven days since our puppies had their first vaccination, it's time to make that big push to meet new dogs in the outside world. But it's important that you manage these interactions properly, so they benefit rather than harm your puppy. The first requirement of a good socialization session is space. Dogs use space to control the temperature of their interactions with other dogs. If a dog is feeling pressured or scared, he'll first try running away, to defuse the situation. If there's not enough room for that dog to runaway or escape, he'll literally feel that his back is to the wall, and he'll turn to aggression to ward off the other dog. A large, outdoor space or training building is ideal. In addition, the puppies have to have a way to escape from larger dogs. Either the puppy needs a fence he can squeeze through or a low table or chair to hide under. This gives him control of the situation and builds up his confidence to overcome his fears. All socialization with other dogs should be done off-leash. Remember, dogs avoid conflict by retreating, but a dog on leash can't retreat, which can make him feel trapped and defensive. This is why the same dog that plays like an angel with dogs when he's off leash can seriously object to dogs in his space when he's on the leash. So keep your puppy safe by taking off the leash before socializing with other dogs. It's good to have a trusted, friendly adult who can be counted on to smooth things out and keep the puppies playing nicely. Finally, having the help of an experienced owner, who understands dog behavior and body language, is very helpful. Molly and Erika are coming to visit the puppies today. Molly's an old friend and has socialized several generations of MadCap puppies. Erika is a canine water sports instructor, and she's had years of experience with all kinds of dogs. We have our safe table set up for the puppies to hide under, and we're ready to go. Betty's not sure about Molly. She gives a warning woof and then takes advantage of the table. The other puppies are bolder, but Betty is going to survey the action from a distance. You have to let the puppies each take the socialization session at their own speed. Be patient and don't lure or force puppies to come out of their hiding place. This is something they have to work out for themselves. Give them a place to feel safe and they'll join in the fun when they're ready. Betty gets up her courage, but not for long. The other puppies adore Molly and all her big, black, hairy splendor. But for Betty, the jury's still out. Betty gets up her courage again, and starts walking with Molly. And it seems as if Molly doesn't notice her. But really, Molly is skillfully making herself seem less threatening to Betty by looking away each time Betty looks at her. A dog like Molly, with superb communication skills, is priceless, and we're very fortunate to have her help with the puppies' socialization. Betty, do you think that Molly's OK now? Do you think she's OK? I think she is. You've heard of tough love, this is Newf love. Walking alone together is a great way for dogs to defuse tension and bond with each other, so be sure to throw some short walks in your socialization sessions. Betty likes the idea of taking a walk with Molly, and happily follows along. But as soon as we stop, she's not so sure. You should not pay attention to or encourage a puppy who's acting reluctant, as Betty is in this footage. That can actually reinforce the fearful behavior. However, sometimes patting and paying attention to the adult dog is reassuring to that puppy. Yeah, Betty. Yeah, Betty. Now she can do it-- It looks like our patting Molly was the last piece of evidence that Betty needed. She's made her final judgment that Molly is OK, and she dives right in. Another key to a successful socialization session is to keep it short. These puppies have been out for a half an hour, which is more than long enough. It's time for a nap. Come on, let's go in. And another generation of MadCap puppies say goodbye and thanks to their new friend, Molly. We continue training the puppies in increasingly challenging behaviors. This continuation is a big part of the enrichment effect, and also a huge relationship builder. Clearly, the puppies are already looking to us as partners. And that's a relationship that will be imprinted on them for the rest of their lives. Training sessions are also the best way to tire out a rambunctious puppy. A tired puppy is a good puppy. Yes, that's true. However, you're going to have a very difficult time tiring out a puppy physically. They have a lot more stamina than you do, and they tend to go from moderately entertained to over-amped in a heartbeat. And they skip that sweet spot where they're going to take a nap. Two hours of physical exercise, you'll probably have a wired puppy that's still running around biting you. On the other hand, 15 minutes of training your puppy, 15 minutes of mental exercise will wipe them out and they'll be ready for a nap. And everyone's happy. Dogs don't generalize well. What this means in practical terms for you is that just because your puppies met a man doesn't mean he'll accept a man with a beard or a man wearing a hat or a tall man. In as much as possible, your puppy should meet all different types of people, of all ages wearing all kinds of clothing. Men and women, seniors and babies, teens and everything in between. Facial hair, different races and ethnicities, people wearing big hats, heavy boots, high heels, and dragging wheels. The more types of people and clothing a puppy sees when he's young, the fewer things he'll be alarmed by when he gets older. We present dog training seminars around the world. So when the puppies are 11 weeks old, we pack up the ones still with us and head down to South Carolina. The trip is the proving ground for all the work we've done with the puppies. They ride happily in their crates, walk beautifully on leash, meet sliding door, luggage, new people, all without batting an eye. And even with all this new and distracting stuff, their attention always comes back to me. Because they've been raised to be enrichment seekers, they sail through this action-packed socialization experience. The next day at the seminar, the puppies show off their skills. Oh, one. That'd be two. Did you spill the water? [MUSIC PLAYING] Looks like demanding exercise paid off. Primo runs up to the first person you can find and offers to sit for her. The other two are boys. Warthog. Warthog? Warthog. [LAUGHTER] We're fortunate to be in a profession where we have access to so many dog-savvy people. And once we round up the puppies and put them in their pen, the students help us continue with the puppies' education. Oh, yes. Good. You can pet them, you can pat them. But wait till he sits, pat the one that's sitting. We want to teach them sit. Yeah, Hog. Good boy. Oh, there they are, now you can pat them. Puppies, you're good puppies. That's how they learn. All right, guys. Thank you, let's get-- Our seminar students always work with one of our dogs first. That's it, so she gets the idea. Now she's going to do it. You see how soon I'm saying click and where you're clicking? That's a 0. So the student can learn the exercise with a dog that already knows it-- Now let her turn around. We find this gives them more confidence and makes things go much better when they begin to train their own dog. Yay. So-- Today, Betty makes her debut as a teacher. Don't let her fool you, she's a tiger. OK. Are you ready? I think. Because of all the work we've done with her, she has no hesitation working for a complete stranger and showing him the ropes of our training technique. If she's on there and it moves-- that's it. Looks like she aced her first teaching assignment. Good Betty, yay. Betty. She's like, oh no, I'm not done. Between meeting new dogs and taking a road trip, these puppies have been exposed to a lot of socialization and enrichment. But also, potentially, a lot of disease. Are we taking a big risk bringing these puppies with us on a trip after only one vaccination.

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Posted by: norabean on Apr 2, 2018


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