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    Default Ideas for socializing a GSD pup

    So my 4 month old GSD and I have just graduated puppy school. He had learned all the tricks taught there before he started, so for him it was more about socializing than anything. The first week or two he was hiding under the chair and was quite aggressive toward the other pups and by the 5th week he was rolling and tumbling around playing with them. It was such a delight watching him come out of his shell.

    Now my concern is that we have now finished puppy school, but the obedience training club I want to go to does not have its induction until April 14th. I fear it may be quite a long time for him to go without proper socialization (especially considering he still freaks out about bigger dogs) so I was wondering if anyone has any ideas as to activities I may be able to do with him to keep him well socialized until obedience training? Any suggestions or ideas are welcome. I live in the western suburbs of Melbourne.

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    I took mine to a busy part of town and just sat there. Everyone, especially kids wanted to pat the cute little puppy so he got heaps of attention. Lotsa diffrent noises from the traffic and general hussle and bussle. I also went to all my neighbours and introduced him to them and thier pets. Every 2nd day i would take him to a neighbours place and let him go crazy with thier Staffy for about a hour or so.
    Just remember to not pick em up or cuddle em if the show any fear. My bloke would end up getting a touch up from the staffy as he was smaller but i never once helped him out or protected him.
    I was pretty easy for me.....maybe it's just my dog...but he's become a very friendly and social dog towards dogs and humans alike.


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    Seans ideas are great! If you have friends with dog friendly dogs I would be taking him there for play dates.

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    Also taking him for walks with other dogs, especially if they can go off leash, is good. Dogs are often a lot calmer around eachother when they are out exploring. I always think it's good for them to be relaxed about having another dog very close without constantly having to interact with them.

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    yeah dog play dates etc... i first started walking mine on a busy road so he wasnt afraid of the trucks etc...... seems to be pretty well adjusted now, but its somthign you dont wanna stop doing either
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    Most obedience dog club classes have started for this season - just look one up that is held in a fairly public park / area, and show up about half an hour before class and hopefully your dog will get loads of meet and greet opportunities with all dogs supervised. Just make sure you ask each owner before you let your dog greet theirs, pay attention to their answer and respect them if they say no.

    Most of our dog clubs are on public / council land so anyone can go and visit before class.

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    Cruickshank park in yarraville after 5pm is a large non fenced dog park and is a great place for your dog to meet many other dogs of all sorts of breeds
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    I have a dog school in Geelong if you want to pop over for a few sessions in the mean time.

    Take him absolutely everywhere - and NEVER take a pup to a dog park unless you know everyone there and their dogs are trustworthy.

    Trick is to take him to high traffic places and teach him to cope with the noises, smells, people types etc. Drive him everywhere in the car and if you can get a loud noises CD play it as much as you can cranked up at home. The more noise and exposure the better, if he's frightened stay with him and wait to reward when he gets over it. Anxiety and shyness can be a problem in some shepherd lines so they need to learn now that there is nothing to worry about and that life is not worth running from.

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    Our Club would allow you to just come with your puppy and be around all the other dogs, have you asked if that is allowed. And Nekbeth gave you great advise...........We take our puppies every where and we also like diffrent people of different size/age/ethnicity to say hello to the puppies/young dogs.........The more people/dogs the puppy can meet the better.But you must protect your puppy from aggressive dogs/people
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    This is what you should be doing with your puppy - noises, surfaces, different environments and encouragement to have no fear. Even at your pups age it's really important. These pups are from my dogs breeder and they're about 5-6 weeks old here. I have a bitch from the previous litter and I'm getting one of the males you see here ... all totally bomb proof with dogs, people, environment.

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