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Hi,

Sorry I've not been around much lately, I'm really busy with my University work so I've just been reading the forum not posting much. :oops:

Tomorrow is my first trip to my vet's weekly "Puppy Party" and I'm really nervous about it. It's a free class and basically it's just to socialise your puppy with other people and their puppies, while learning useful tips on training, first aid etc. They also do a thing where you basically pass the puppy, and that way everyone gets to handle and be with a different dog.

I'm worried that Lexi will freak out though, as she is quite nervous when she's in close proximity to people she doesn't know. She sits down at my leg and shakes lol.

She's met other people and dogs sooo many times while out walking but I'm worried about lots of people, and bigger dogs being too rough. She's now 18 weeks and still really small, so I worry that she'll get snappy with the bigger dogs getting right in her face all excited.
Anyone got any tips on how to get through the first class as easy as possible?!
 

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I would see how she reacts with all the people and dogs first. If she seems like she's too scared, then don't participate in the "pass the puppy" thing. After she gets used to the people and other dogs then try.
 

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I no what you mean. Im supposed to be going to one tommorow exactly the same and my vet said my pup will be alright evan THOUGH HE HAS NOT COMPLETED HIS VACCANATIONS and only has had one :roll: I need to post a topic on this so called vet of mine! Id be scared of others droping my pup. Its one thing if I do-only me to blame. But if someone else did- Im oing down for murder :evil: lol how bigs Lexi now? Weight? Hows she doing??? :D
 

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I'll go along and see how it goes, I saw two Yorkshire terrier puppies yesterday in the area so hopefully there'll be other small puppies there too!

I'll pass Lexi around to different people if I think she'll be ok, she's been held by strangers before.

I just weighed her, she's had her lunch recently but she is 3lbs on the dot at 18 weeks :) In length, she's roughly 12" lol.

Stef, that doesn't sound very safe what your vet is suggesting, my vet told me that 4-5 days after the second vaccination was when Lexi would be safe. Maybe it's different at your vets? I've noticed that the owners from the US have to wait months before they can take their pups out, maybe it's just different training the vets go through :?
 

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Iona I'm sure Lexi will be fine. You'll both have a great time. The only thing I worry about is owners with bigger dogs are use to handling bigger dogs and playing with them so some of them do not know how different it is with a chi. Id say most other breds are allot more independant than are clingy we girls and boys. But thats the way we love it :) Good luck, have fun and keep us posted

Oh and I just remember. Lexi was fine when I held her and when I took her up to my bedroom to show her off to my boyfriend the day you were over at mine. She didnt even flinch :lol:
 

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Sounds like it will be fun, but I don't blame you for being concerned. I think the socialization will be great for Lexi. I wish Kiwi was able to be socialized at a young age, she has issues now because of it but she is doing a lot better. :) Lets us know how everything goes :wink:
 

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Thanks for the support guys, I was half thinking about not going since I would be alone but I'll be brave! It's going to be beneficial to Lexi and I'm sure i'll have fun too once I'm there.

It's an hour and a half, just found out this morning when I called and asked :shock: that's pretty good though, means they'll no doubt have a lot of activities and advice.

Wish me luck girls, i'll update tomorrow sometime.

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the puppy day thing sounds good! Lexi will benefit from it - coco used to be real shaky and hide under my legs now she come out a bit when other dogs are there and has even growled at them! So its just time and repetition really.

I always think i chi will be a bit weary though, they must know how small they are and how much bigger other dogs are compared to them so they are bound to be weary of larger things animals and people being around them!

Have fun :wave:
 

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Awww poor Coco!! Sounds like you did a great job, she sounds a lot more confident.

I've got the COLD though :shock:
I was hoping it'd be gone by today but i'm still all stuffy!!
Just hope I don't have to stand up and do the whole "hello, my name is...." etc, nobody will understand me! :oops:
 

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Hey,

Well the puppy party went really well.
I was greeted at the door and given a goody bag with things like a food measuring cup, frisbee (too big lol), i'd tag, free wormer sachet, bonio's etc.
There were quite a few other puppies there, including a gorgeous Alaskan Malamute, an Irish Red Setter, a mini Schnauzer, a black Labrador and a Border Terrier Cross.

For the first half hour, we got informative info on vaccinations, flea&worm treatment, a microchip lecture and demonstration etc. Then the puppies got a chance to just play in the reception area. Lexi was the "baby" of the class so they sectioned off her and the mini Schnauzer in a seperate pen and they got on really well.
No growling or aggression :)

The bigger puppies were soooo lively, I am glad they built a seperate playpen for the small puppies!! We held them up to see and they looked really worried by all the rough playing!

So it went great, I'm so happy I decided to go.
The great thing is, by the third and last week I can get a discount on a microchip so it'll be just over £20 :D
I thought it'd be about £50!
 
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