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So, I live in a really small town, and I need to socialize my puppy. I found a couple puppy classes, but, they are all closed/canceled because of COVID-19 and the state's restrictions. Any tips on socializing a puppy (especially during COVID-19)?
 

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Here's a good place to start:


I would also start working through an online course like this one:

 

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Here's a good place to start:


I would also start working through an online course like this one:

thanks!
 

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So, I live in a really small town, and I need to socialize my puppy. I found a couple puppy classes, but, they are all closed/canceled because of COVID-19 and the state's restrictions. Any tips on socializing a puppy (especially during COVID-19)?
There are some great lists on things to expose puppies to. I'm sure if you search for puppy socialization checklist you will find them. It is about environmental socialization as much as with people and dogs. In particular I would think about different noises, surfaces (especially height and unstable surface), yard equipment, big trucks and busses, elevators, etc. If you have a friend with a well behaved fully vaccinated dog it is safe to introduce them. People watching at a distance outside is good. And some trustworthy friends can handle the pup outside.
 

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I just took my puppy out for walks in all kinds of places. I let her meet all kinds of people and dogs that were vaccinated. She is very friendly and super social now. Almost too social and friendly. She is afraid of small children because of their voices but she's very nice to babies until they cry of course lol.
 

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I actually posted on my neighborhood FB website asking for people with vaccinated pup-friendly dogs who’d be interested in masked-up fenced-yard play dates. We have had one unsuccessful play date with a five month old chiweenie who was petrified, but the rest (a mixture of hound mutts, Golden labs and doodles) have gone really well. The doodles seem to have the most compatible playing styles (bouncy, paws up).
 
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