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Old 11-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When a litter of puppies is born, the mother tends to them and teaches them the ways of being a dog. As the human mother or father you expose them to the human world so that they integrate well when they are older and ready for their new homes. One of the things I'm discovering is that there is an important part of the time the breeder spends with their puppies and that's individual time. I've heard it over and over as I talk to people, that it's very important to take a little time and remove the puppy from it's pack of littermates and get to know the puppy one on one. The puppy learns to develop a relationship to it's human pack member and you get to know the individual puppy for better home placement later.

How important do you feel this one on one time with individual puppies is and is it something that's important enough to bring up to future breeders? If you do this (and I'm not referring to just grooming on the table) what sort of things do you do with the puppy?
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it's very important. The breeder I've been talking to, mentioned that her grandchildren spend a lot of time w/ her puppies and her granddaughter usually names them all.
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I think it's important with any socialization.
From a Foster point of view, I do get some dogs that have little to no socialization with people at all. That one-on-one time is vital from puppy to adulthood. Anything from a cuddle on the couch, to basic obediance in the back yard, to leash-training or learning that car rides are fun. When anything is brand new and never experienced, that one-on-one is very important.

So I can see how it's an important tool for Breeders to use with their litters, too.
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I always felt it was important to spend as much time with each puppy alone and as a group as possible. I only had one litter, it was born in the summer when the kids were off school and I was working less than normal so it wasn't that difficult. I would even recruit neighbors and friends of my kids to come drop in whenever they could to spend time with the puppies. This is especially good to do with a variety of people, young, old, short, tall, black, white, male female. This way puppies aren't terrified when they see something they have never seen before. We always alternated having different puppies out and spending time with each one, which I do believe leads to proper socialization. I would walk in and see random people playing with my puppies or sitting on the couch cuddling. It was kind of funny in a way, but who doesn't love a puppy?

However, bigger breeding programs with multiple litters often do not have the time nor manpower to devote as much time as someone with one litter. They generally work to socialize the puppies through routine handling and care, and although the time spent doing so may seem paltry or less than a buyer with an ideal vision may like, I have to say that most of the puppies I have seen come out of bigger breeders seem to be perfectly well socialized and adapt quickly. Of course, these dogs are from excellent breeding programs who have worked years to develop the sound temperament. These puppies adapt quickly and well, even though you may think they wouldn't.

I routinely get compliments on how well socialized my dogs are (my two adults who came from larger breeding programs and my puppy, who I bred). It is kind of like when someone compliments your shirt. It makes you feel good, but you can't take all the credit.
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PLEASE everyone remember that the puppy's MOST important period for socialization occurs from weeks 12-18. If you buy a puppy who is older than this or is late in this window from a breeder, you should do *extra* homework to ensure the puppy is well adjusted. For your puppies you bring home before or at the early points of this window, socialization is largely up to YOU Take that puppy everywhere, turn on the vacuum, invite everyone over. It is such an impressionable and tender age!
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I was just talking to my breeder about this last night as a matter of fact!! I was explaining how well socialized and balanced Lucybug is. She's as perfectly happy to be at my feet or on my lap as she is calm and confident when she's totally alone. I know that when puppies are first removed from their litter it can be a little like culture shock when they're expected to sleep alone in a crate at night, or during the day when the new owners are at work, etc... Lucy integrated so seamlessly that I know the breeder spent lots of time with her one-on-one and helped her be confident in many situations.

For an example, I let Lucy out into the backyard this weekend by herself a few times (usually she goes out with my other dogs) I waited just inside the door since I didn't have my shoes or coat on, and watched her as she played in the yard. She was AWESOME!! She found a tennis ball and played catch with herself without once wondering where everyone else was! When she was done doing her "thing" and playing a bit, she came to the door and sat down, confident that she would be able to come in since she was ready.

I've fostered dogs who could not be in a room (or yard) alone or they'd go nuts! If I would have tried staying inside my home with some of these foster dogs, they would've been whining, jumping and scratching at the door as soon as they realized they were alone.

I'm so happy with my puppy and I know that whatever my breeder did with these kids, it WORKED!! She's happy, confident, well-socialized and totally comfortable in her own skin! Love her, love her, love her!!!
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I agree with this ! It is very important This is why multiple litters at a time are not good. The puppies miss this critical time..
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PLEASE everyone remember that the puppy's MOST important period for socialization occurs from weeks 12-18. If you buy a puppy who is older than this or is late in this window from a breeder, you should do *extra* homework to ensure the puppy is well adjusted. For your puppies you bring home before or at the early points of this window, socialization is largely up to YOU Take that puppy everywhere, turn on the vacuum, invite everyone over. It is such an impressionable and tender age!
This isn't true. I've read time and time again that the most important age is before 12 weeks. I'll go and get links and make sure to post them.

Here are a few.
http://texasvetbehavior.com/Socializ...in_Puppies.pdf
http://www.portarthur.com/tbsar/pupp...alization.html
http://www.diamondsintheruff.com/Dev...talStages.html
http://www.canismajor.com/dog/sochow2.html
http://www.etenerife.com/dogs/puppy_socialization.htm
http://www.mcneillabradors.com/Puppy...ialization.htm
http://www.norfolkterrier.org/articl...ization01.html

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My puppies are handled multiple times a day by multiple people from the day that they are born.

I work individually with puppies on basic manners, basic obedience, bite inhibition, grooming and hand stacking.

By the time a puppy goes home they will have been shaved twice, bathed and dried multiple times (puppies can get gross very quickly), and they know how to stand relatively quietly on a grooming table when they are being brushed. They also typically know sit, down, come (very informal recall) and how to do a simple retrieve.

This is why at 8 weeks I am sooooooo happy to see them go to their new homes. It is a lot of work.
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Yes it is most puppy buyers have no idea what goes into raising a litter. I groom each puppy starting at three weeks as well as bathing . They are well on their way to being housebroken , last litter never had visable poo in the pen. After Mom was done cleaning up after them the backyard took over . I never had to use newspaper with this last litter .This made the bathing way easier. . I must admit that I do not teach sit.But they do know how to retrieve.
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