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Our family of two grew in September 2019 when we brought home Flora, our first spoo. Flora is a beautiful and sweet (and fierce too!) chocolate and tan phantom. She was quite a tornado when she arrived... Or rather, it was us who had to do some major adjustments after years of globe trotting and independence... But it has been so worth it! As for Flora, she has adjusted so well to our Ottawa life: she loves running in the woods, she loves the snow, and she loves water. She is super sweet and cuddly, though also already quite independent. She loves people but shows this by jumping up, so we are working on this... She is also quite a wrestler but best with similarly sized and tempered dogs. As it stands, she can be a bit tough on small canine friends , so we are working on this too... We don't want her to be a playground terror ;)

We are so thrilled to be Flora's humans! And we are glad this awesome forum is here! We will be coming here for all sorts of stuff, as we are really newbies.

Ania, Marc-Oliver and Flora

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Welcome to you and Flora! I'm from Toronto and went to school in Kingston. I have some fond memories of visiting Ottawa (and actually quite miss the frosty temperatures).

We brought home Peggy in the summer, a similarly demanding young spoo, and a good trainer + puppy classes have been true lifesavers. We ventured out to the dog park today, to see if the vibe was good for some meet & greets and energy-burning, and she was so well-balanced and social with the wide variety of dogs we encountered....even after a nasty run-in with a small female herding breed who wouldn't take no for an answer. Eek. Never take your eyes off your dog!!!

But....Peggy bounced back! It's really such a pleasure to watch her play so well and confidently, and I believe we owe it all to these well-run socialization classes.

Are you and Flora attending any? I didn't take my last dog and I wish I could travel back in time.
 

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Welcome to you and Flora! I'm from Toronto and went to school in Kingston. I have some fond memories of visiting Ottawa (and actually quite miss the frosty temperatures).

We brought home Peggy in the summer, a similarly demanding young spoo, and a good trainer + puppy classes have been true lifesavers. We ventured out to the dog park today, to see if the vibe was good for some meet & greets and energy-burning, and she was so well-balanced and social with the wide variety of dogs we encountered....even after a nasty run-in with a small female herding breed who wouldn't take no for an answer. Eek. Never take your eyes off your dog!!!

But....Peggy bounced back! It's really such a pleasure to watch her play so well and confidently, and I believe we owe it all to these well-run socialization classes.

Are you and Flora attending any? I didn't take my last dog and I wish I could travel back in time.
Are socialization classes only for puppies?? I'll look it up right now, but I feel like Sisko could use some more socializing. He can be overwhelming with other people, but I got him to calm while talking to a neighbor?
 

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Are socialization classes only for puppies?? I'll look it up right now, but I feel like Sisko could use some more socializing. He can be overwhelming with other people, but I got him to calm while talking to a neighbor?
The sooner the better, but better late than never!

Peggy graduated from puppy class the week before Christmas, but that's not the end of her structured socialization. We start teen classes this week, and then after that it's out of the classroom and into a class that takes places in various places around town.

Each session is technically just 5 weeks, but it's not rigid. Peggy attended puppy classes from about 3 months old to 7 months old (and met DOZENS of dogs and humans in that time). And I think the teen class is suitable for dogs up to 3 years, depending on their maturity level and social skills. Maybe you've got something similar near you?

I found our trainer through Nextdoor (an online forum for neighbourhoods), just asking for recommendations and then consulting with a few trainers before picking one. It was important to me that the trainer we chose consulted privately and also ran group classes. We knew we needed both.
 

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Welcome to Poodle Forum!?? Flora is gorgeous!? This is one of the best websites I've been on. Have fun on here! We're looking forward to hearing more from you.
 

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The sooner the better, but better late than never!

Peggy graduated from puppy class the week before Christmas, but that's not the end of her structured socialization. We start teen classes this week, and then after that it's out of the classroom and into a class that takes places in various places around town.

Each session is technically just 5 weeks, but it's not rigid. Peggy attended puppy classes from about 3 months old to 7 months old (and met DOZENS of dogs and humans in that time). And I think the teen class is suitable for dogs up to 3 years, depending on their maturity level and social skills. Maybe you've got something similar near you?

I found our trainer through Nextdoor (an online forum for neighbourhoods), just asking for recommendations and then consulting with a few trainers before picking one. It was important to me that the trainer we chose consulted privately and also ran group classes. We knew we needed both.
Okay? Nice! That sounds so fun and awesome?.

Okay. I might? I'll look. I've heard of Nextdoor. That's awesome that you found your trainer like that?
 

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Welcome to you and Flora! By all means, start positive reinforcement training, socialization soonest, but make time to enjoy that puppy!
 

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Welcome to you and Flora! I'm from Toronto and went to school in Kingston. I have some fond memories of visiting Ottawa (and actually quite miss the frosty temperatures).

We brought home Peggy in the summer, a similarly demanding young spoo, and a good trainer + puppy classes have been true lifesavers. We ventured out to the dog park today, to see if the vibe was good for some meet & greets and energy-burning, and she was so well-balanced and social with the wide variety of dogs we encountered....even after a nasty run-in with a small female herding breed who wouldn't take no for an answer. Eek. Never take your eyes off your dog!!!

But....Peggy bounced back! It's really such a pleasure to watch her play so well and confidently, and I believe we owe it all to these well-run socialization classes.

Are you and Flora attending any? I didn't take my last dog and I wish I could travel back in time.
Hi there! Yes, you are right about classes and training. We did take Flora from perhaps week 10, and she did benefit from them for sure. But we also took her to the dog park early, perhaps too early ... she may have had a bad experience with a small dog (I recall my spouse talking about a particularly bitey basset hound) and since then she is not always kind to small dogs.

We are going back to more classes next month.
 

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Welcome to you and Flora! By all means, start positive reinforcement training, socialization soonest, but make time to enjoy that puppy!
Hi, thank you!
We have been doing positive reinforcement training and socialisation since she came to us at 8 weeks (classes from week 10 or so). She's met lots of people and dogs, stayed over night with a friend, been exposed to all sorts of environments. And yes, we have enjoyed her too :)
 

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Hi and welcome to you and Flora. She’s adorable, love her color pattern.
 
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