SHAY-DAISY …. LET’S GET SOCIABLE

SHAY-DAISY …. LET’S GET SOCIABLE

Socialization and exposure to new experiences are important parts of getting a rescued animal ready for a new home; but it is especially important to establish a socializing routine for a pup as young as Shady.

When Melissa and Mason, Shady’s foster family, went out of town for a much deserved vacation, they asked that I make sure that Shady continued her socialization training so that she would not regress while they were gone.

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Chris, Shady, and Max

I decided to take Shady with us when Max and Judy, his foster mom, had a meet and greet scheduled with whom we all hoped would be Max’s new family.  Shady and Max were meeting for the first time and she would also meet a couple of two legged strangers in a different environment. Shady ignored the Guitars, drum sets, and twinkling lights and concentrated on vying for the attention of Max’s new toy and new master.  Shady passed with flying colors!

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Shady and Judy

On the way back from finding a home for Max, Judy decided to get a little lap loving with Shady. Judy was plumb pitiful when she turned to me and asked, “When am I going to get a puppy to foster?”  After that, I was not a bit surprised when Judy decided to keep Shady until Melissa and Mason got home.  Another chance for Shady to  experience new dogs, horses, houses, and people. And a puppy for Judy and Larry for a few days…perfect!

Later in the week, Judy dropped Shady off at my home so Heather and I could take her to the library for another outing.  Shady fetched her ball and ran in between and around 3 to 5 year old story time participants without one bark or nip…but lots of “eewww” wet kisses!

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Shady at story time

I noticed on our walk home that cars were no problem; however, encountering another dog would bring on a bout of barking from which I could not redirect Shady’s attention.  A few more weeks of loving training at the Farnival will take care of that.

All in all a win/win situation: We learned a great deal more about our Shady and she learned a great deal more about the world.

 

 

Featured image by The Farnival

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