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So, the situation in my country has gotten worse. I was taking Mia to the dog park to play once a week, and she had gotten more used playing to all sizes of dogs, but now the cases are increasing rapidly. When I took Mia to the dog park I would regrettingly give her a bath everytime because she was always so muddy from playing on wet dirt, but even if it wasn’t muddy I would still give her a bath because of the virus. Now I’m not sure I can even take her to the dog park once a week. How did you all deal with socialising during the pandemic?
 

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Our social circle has narrowed considerably since the pandemic began, and all of us - the dog included (coincidentally named Mia as well) - have had moments of loneliness and boredom. I'm sad to say that Mia has only one dog friend that she's been able to visit with over the last eight months. Luckily, it's her favorite dog friend, a two year old spoo named Eddie. They enjoy a weekly ramble through the woods, and Mia even taught him to swim this summer. Early on we were also hiking with another young spoo friend named Bernie, but the human wasn't taking the same Covid precautions that our household is following, so we stopped those interactions. Mia is also suffering from a loss of human companionship. We're here, of course, but she looked forward to seeing her walkers come every weekday, taking it on as a sort of job to walk these humans around the neighborhood before seeing them off at the front window. We would have continued these visits, but again, we had a different opinion on safe behaviors during covid and the walkers (now walker, as staff was let go) would not follow our requests. Aside from Eddie's owners, Mia sees only one other human regularly. I suppose she's coping with the same constriction of social circles that we all suffer through as we age - just sped up by this pandemic.
 

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Beatrice is the only one that gets socialized regularly as she comes to work with me everyday but my other pups haven't seen anybody but me since October. It's tough but I have to weigh safety against socialization.
 

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Unless we are talking about a puppy in an early important socialization phase I don't think play dates or dog park visits are required. Walking in the neighborhood on a leash and maintaining nice manners while passing cars, people on bikes, passing people with and without dogs out walking and such all sound safe and adequate.
 

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It's really hard socializing a puppy right now. I am visiting outside in other friends' yards with a good mask on, and they're wearing theirs. This puppy is going to think that all strange humans cover their lower faces. I'm also taking him to the local playground to watch the little ones play while wearing my mask - today a masked toddler approached, pet the puppy, and then got his hands promptly sanitized by his mom, which is probably the best way to do it.
 

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We met a 4 month old spoo puppy yesterday. Mia was overjoyed to make a friend and I was so proud of the courtesy and respect she showed the pup. OTOH, the puppy shat herself with fear but redeemed herself over the subsequent 20 minutes. Hopefully the next time they meet will go more smoothly for her.
 

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We met a 4 month old spoo puppy yesterday. Mia was overjoyed to make a friend and I was so proud of the courtesy and respect she showed the pup. OTOH, the puppy shat herself with fear but redeemed herself over the subsequent 20 minutes. Hopefully the next time they meet will go more smoothly for her.
Thank you for the big LOL, Liz. Still laughing as I type this.
 

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Some of our dog-friendly stores are still allowing the dogs inside. In the US these are farm supply stores, some home improvement stores, and pet stores.
 

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I continue to take Galen on walks around the neighborhood twice daily. I don't really worry about catching Covid if I am outdoors, wearing a mask, and staying at least the length of a dog leash from any other human. I also don't really worry about catching Covid from Galen. The chances of him picking up a large enough virus load to infect me are very, very small.

In terms of risk analysis, I worry more about getting hit by a car than I worry about catching Covid on a dog walk or a visit to a park.

I also worry more about catching Covid while standing in line at the grocery or any place else where I'm indoors and close to people.
 

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Socialization is a problem. Rio is 14 weeks and has been isolated for the most part after joining our family. To compound it he arrived with a case of Giardia which extended his isolation to protect other fur balls. Fortunately, our groomer also has a 14 week old spoo and there is a pending play date. Also, our vet clinic has an exercise yard for their clients that we will be taking advantage of. Covid is an issue we have to be cautious of while seeing to the needs of our fur ball.
 

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Our biggest socialization challenge is that we've not had guests in our home since February. And even before that, visits were few and far between. I suspect Peggy will have a very hard time settling in their presence if ever we can have anyone over again.

The rest is actually pretty doable despite covid, because you can focus on your bond with your dog and practise calmness while the world goes by. Dog parks are very risk at the best of times, so this might actually be for the best. A lot that goes on there is beyond your control, and one bad experience (especially during a fear period) can have lasting consequences.
 

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Just yesterday two goldens passed in front of our garden, Mia started barking repeatedly. The owner invited us to play in the nearby park, however I had to decline. As much as I would love for Mia to play with others, I don’t feel safe going to a frequently visited spot like a park especially since there are two elder people in our home. Hopefully this pandemic will end in a year or so and then Mia can play with other dogs to her hearts desire.
 
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