|My sons and I just returned from one of our usual business "runs." We hit just about every business that actually has to
do with dogs; such as, the vet (we dropped off some business cards, veterinarians love well behaved dogs), the
pharmacy (picking up the ingredients for our recipe for ear cleaner), the local pet equipment distributor,
(they handle a large number of dog related items).
This is the focus of this article. Not because of the type of store it
was, because it had a "bring your pet day." In this instance,
it ended up being a lot of nursing mothers , incredibly young litters,
most not over 5 weeks. We talked with three or four owners,
none of the puppies had papers, which explains, apparently,
why they were there. Puppies, of course, are, as always, cuddly and cute.
People love to pet and handle them,
but the very last place we would ever take our dog (and never our puppies), is a place with other dogs, (and puppies).
Since we don't know whether the dogs have been vaccinated, what they could be carrying: parvo (deadly to puppies, it
can kill adult dogs, also). Distemper, since rabies shots are only allowed by a veterinarians in Michigan, many dogs do
not get vaccinated. We lobby for clinics, which usually cuts the price of the vaccination in half. Not to mention fleas, tics,
mange and a multitude of other not-so-desirable illnesses and pests that can cause harm or death to your puppy.
Now, many say to themselves, I would never take my puppy to such an event. We believe this to be true. Unfortunately,
people are always tempted to get their puppies "socialized." To many people "socialization" of a pup or a dog means a
great amount of interaction with other dogs; many call them "play dates." Usually, meaning taking their puppy or dog to
a friend's house with dogs, or to a dog park for "interaction" with other dogs, or even to some
training sessions that begin their lessons with socialization among the dogs and /or puppies. Any or all of these things
tend to make us a little uneasy.
|Socializing Your Puppy
The K9 Training way
The afore mentioned possible contamination from someone else's animal.
dogs "play" for a reason, just as people play sports to win, as in football,
"dominating" the field; dogs "play" domination games. People need to
understand their puppies in "dog" terms, not human ones; although, we
believe that many human traits and canine traits are similar. We all love to be
petted and praised, whether we deserve or not, and the old saying that you
get more out of people with sugar is true to a point.
"The Dog Training Professionals"