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Old 07-04-2016, 10:43 PM
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Today our small town has a parade, contests, boardwalk vendors, and fireworks for independence day. I thought it'd be great to take padme to the parade with us for training and socialization purposes. The parade is usually a half hour long. then we come back home for a few hours until the contest starts bc my daughter was in it so I figured a short amount of time it's a cool day with a few showers and she'll have alot of new situations to encounter. she had a little trouble getting started on the leash she was pulling backward but when we got a little distance away from my husband and kids she was running to catch up and then even in front of them. there were alot people with kids and alot of dogs and even puppies there. she did pretty good at the parade sidelines and only got scared and whined and squirmed a bit when the firetrucks came by and turned their sirens on which I don't blame her even my daughter got startled by the sirens. when she was squirming and wanting down but would whine there I decided to let her wander around a bit and walked her about 12-20 feet away from the parade which was still within eyesight and earshot. everyone that saw her wanted a turn petting her people on bikes, people wearing ball caps, people in golf carts, people wearing crazy fourth of july hats and glasses, people with their dogs, children, people of all shapes,shades, heights, and ages and she didn't shy away from anyone! in fact every time they'd walk past she would chase and try to catch up with them and was so excited! then she walked a block over back to our van with no problems at all. I'd say it was a huge success!
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Old 07-05-2016, 01:49 AM
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Great job!
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:28 AM
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I'm so glad to hear she had such a great socialization experience! That's awesome .
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Old 07-05-2016, 05:08 PM
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thanks guys. I'm very proud of her she did a fantastic job but I can tell I need to get her around dogs more it seemed to me she was the most uncomfortable around other dogs even though she didn't growl or anything just seemed a little worried at first so I'm thinking of trying to set a few play dates with other dogs soon to slowly introduce her to them. she spent most of the day sleeping off the excitement lol. she's also so much better with my daughter who has also learned if she growls she's had enough and will let her be and I've noticed because of that she growls a lot less often hardly at all now even when my daughter will pick her up to lift her on the bed to watch cartoons and she goes to walk away and my daughter will pick her up again she's really calm about it and doesn't get irritated at all although I usually come to her rescue after a few times of her trying to leave and tell her its Padmes nap or potty time. in those times though I feel like she's going to get irritated and I watch closely to the interaction and she doesn't get annoyed once she's so calm and almost tries to appease my daughter by staying a bit longer before trying to walk away. they are best friends and I love watching them interact and learn each other's boundaries and appreciate those boundaries its been a learning experience for both of them as well as us. my older boys don't have any issues with it bc they respect her boundaries right away and they play gently with her. they are eight though so they know better. the only issue with them is running and being rambunctious around the house which isn't tolerated bc padme is tiny and sometimes blends well so it's dangerous to run around with her possibly sleeping nearby. Padmes nine weeks now and she's learned so much in the small amount of time we've had her we look forward to spending our lives with her and hope we get a long one with her. I hope my children get to grow up with her.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:11 PM
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She sounds like a very sweet dog. Maybe next year she'll be IN the parade!

We have a Cinco De Mayo parade for Chis here. I soooo want to put Dorothy in it next year. I think it would be fun.
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:33 PM
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oh my a chi parade! I cannot imagine anything cuter!! I hope if she's in it you post lots of pics padme is def sweet with a little sass for sure lol I'd love to put padme in it she could too anyone can sign up to walk in it. everyone throws candy for the kids so maybe padme myself and the kids can throw dog treats for all the dogs that always come
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Glad I am not the only one going through the socialization process! It is great you have a head start with her young age, too.


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Old 07-06-2016, 05:40 PM
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yea we got her at 6 weeks which was way too young so we were feeding her with formula but its had advantages and disadvantages. she didn't quite learn puppy/doggy etiquette from her mom and litter mates so she gets a little too rough play biting but she's much more open to people of all kinds but I think that's why she's a little iffy around other dogs as well. it's certainly tough bc you have to make sure you're stimulating them enough but not too much. it's alot of work! but its so rewarding too I hope your socializing goes well keep me updated I'd love to learn from everyone's experiences especially since you're doing it now as I am maybe it'd help us both
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