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post #1 of 4 Old 01-21-2014, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Puppy Sitting

So, coming soon in a couple weeks I get to puppy sit this adorable 3 month old plot hound puppy. He's HUGE! But an absolute doll.

When he's excited he prances adorably, strutting his stuff and he's so respectful.

Anywho. I want to take him to petco and maybe even take him to a dog park. Being as young as he is, I'm not sure about the dog park, but I'd like to help with socializing him.

He's so funny, too. He brought a poo in the house and presented it to his owner, from what I hear.

I keep getting side tracked...
I haven't worked with a puppy in so long, but I want it to be productive, because like a horse, every person is a trainer, right? So, I don't wanna let him develop any bad habits. But, I also wanna help provide an enriching experience for the pup instead of sitting around all day doing nothing.

Thoughts?
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post #2 of 4 Old 01-21-2014, 12:46 AM
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Personally, I would not want anyone apart from myself socialising my new pup. The 3 - 6 month age is the critical social development stage and a negative or incorrect encounter can really throw a wrench in things. I'm always careful about which dogs I introduce, in which order. I want to grow confidence but nip disrespect in the bud.

If the pup is vaccinated, leashed visits give you control over interactions and present great opportunity to hone those manners.

The dog park is full of idiots with no control over their ill-mannered, pent-up dogs. I had no trouble taking a confident, polite dog to them, but I was always prepared and often did get involved when other dogs did not show the same level head. People get their noses out of joint real fast when you step up as your dog's protector from their wee little precious kujos. Pfft.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-21-2014, 12:55 AM Thread Starter
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Right, that sounds fair. I'm reconsidering taking him to the dog park.

He has been to petco before, with no problems, but from what I understand, there were all smaller breeds there.
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post #4 of 4 Old 01-21-2014, 12:36 PM
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I would ask the owners what they're comfortable with/what they want. They may want you doing those things, but also may want him to just hang out and chill with you for the time you're watching him.

Have fun, and definitely post pics 8D

The sensitivity of the internet baffles me.
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