Socializing the Weimaraner
Posted by OwyheeStar
Socialization begins within the litter. At first, the puppy views itself as part of the mother. Then it will discover the litter-mates; the other moving parts of their very small world. They take comfort from nursing, and from snuggling. Initially, they need little else–warm, Mama’s touch, milk.
Young Pups Being Formal Socialization at about Two Weeks of Age
Age-appropriate socialization begins early–a long time before the pups departs OwyheeStar. It is imperative that various persons handle the puppy–many experts cite is also important for the pup to experience both male and female humans. We each have a different style of touch. The young pup needs to experience the human touch–and its variations. Nonetheless, stroking them all over their body in a calm manner initially is the focus. The methodology, and the frequency varies according to the pup’s maturity–readiness
It is important that the Weimaraner pup learns to accept other people touching them–better yet if they learn to love it. Take care in your approach to doing this. You don’t want everyone reaching at them. A controlled environment is important. Good habits are formed by doing things. Once the Weimaraner loves meeting people, they will look forward to it. It is preferable to have them friendly, as opposed too fearful (as well as too aloof). A little aloof may be OK, but (in the extreme) the fear-factor can take a turn for the worst fast. Socialization is beyond important. The right approach helps them avoid being so fearful, builds confidence, and creates the right-balance in their training program.
Make the Right Choices
Start the socialization of your puppy with dog lovers of the calm sort. Delay the wild, and over-zealous folks until the pup has gotten used to the process. Begin the social-training the day you bring your puppy home. Invite people to your home, and engage them with the puppy in a deliberate manner. Show them how to pet the puppy gently, and have them touch, the tummy, the tail the feet, the ears, and stroke their snout. The latter gets tricky as they begin their snappy-shark biting. Regardless, the puppy needs positive engagement with humans, and other dogs. We suggest avoiding the dog-park, and places that might put your puppy at-risk. The danger is contracting a disease (such as Parvo), or having a bad experience. You can do quite a bit of the socialization on your own turf where you know you are in control, and you can limit the danger.
Engaging the environment
Everyone wants to show their puppy off. Doing this might put them at-risk for contracting Parvo, Kennel Cough, or picking up intestinal problems. The pet store is another place where people take their new pups. Many of these have no immunity, and have not been vaccinated. Please know that Parvo and Kennel Cough are so easily contracted taking a young pup to the pet store is not a wise decision. The risk is too great.
Leaving your own home and yard needs to be a part of your socialization plan. Making the right choices about where, and how to do that is equally important. We suggest avoiding anywhere that is considered a dog, or pet-friendly area for the first four months. This will limit the risk factor. Visit friends at their home, where you know their pet is vaccinated, and their yard is fenced. Make a trip to the country, and get off the beaten path. Remember, Parvo can stay in the ground for months (under the right conditions). Who can say if an area is infected or not? Stay remote, and be creative. That is our best advice. Very soon, the world will open up to you–even so, implement each change in a slow deliberate manner to avoid the shock-factor. Socializing your Weimaraner doesn’t happen over night. Each pup is unique, and they engage the process in their own manner. You are the leader making the assessment about what is the best approach.
Note: This is an over-simplification of what you will do to socialize your Weimaraner puppy. Nonetheless, it gives you a feel for the basics. We are sure we have forgotten something important. We can count on someone to mention where we have dropped the ball. Thank you in advance.
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