|At 6 months Kobi came camping with us at Dollar Lake|
Knowing what I do now, I would have taken him to Canadian Tire and the other dog friendly businesses that I have since found. I would have taken him to the bank with me. I would have made more of an effort to take him to pet stores just because. I would have spent more time places like downtown or the commons and in particular around areas like the playground and skate park.
|Kobi watching kids play on a play ground (Oxford School).|
Puppies are people magnets, take advantage of his cuteness and introduce him to as many people as possible while you can. Do, however, listen to your puppy, watch for signs of anxiety and stress and remove them from situations that are causing them stress or anxiety. The last thing you want is for them to associate things and people with these feelings, you want them to associate new experiences and people with positive feelings. I feel like this is something I screwed up on and contributed to Kobis reactivity, largely because I didn't know he was stressed and anxious, I just thought it was a faze from being out of the shelter and that it would pass. Looking back now I would have done things a little differently and made sure Kobi was only having positive experiences.
|Kobi visiting with some friends at the lake.|
Socializing your pup can be a lot of fun, so if you're going out bring them with you and take advantage of this period while you can!