To help your puppy get used to new experiences and to really help promote early puppy walking socialisation a careful owner can do several things prior to being fully vaccinated. Firstly ensuring your puppy is familiar with wearing a collar is a great step which can be done as soon as you pick them up. Also starting some basic lead training in a safe and secure area such as your garden can be very useful as this allows your puppy to get used to the restriction of wearing a collar and lead prior to the very first outside walk. Owners can also carry their puppy around their local area by cuddling them in a blanket, in a sling or suitable bag. Enjoying a short walk allows your puppy to safely get used to new sounds, scents and the general environment without actually walking on the ground. Therefore your puppy is still safe but able to enjoy this early socialisation opportunity. You can also visit friends and family that may have no dogs or have well behaved fully vaccinated dogs. This will get your puppy used to different surroundings and new dogs at the same time. All these early socialisation activities will really help your puppy gain confidence and social skills in a safe manner prior to being fully vaccinated.
After the last entry, I got a real thrill when the genuine Allen and Endal posted a comment on this old blog! I know I've said it before but apparently not to everybody (sorry Norah!) but "Dogs with Jobs" was one of my favourite shows on tv and this episode my absolute favourite. I don't know if they are making any new episodes and the schedule moves around so much (like network tv) that I never know when anything is going to be on, but every time I see an episode, I stop to watch it. That is how I have seen the episode with Allen and Endal so many times.
After Allen posted a comment, I replied and then went to on Blogger and thus to . You have to go - there are so many wonderful photos and stories. Make sure you click on "Puppies in the house", as Allen's wife Sandra does puppywalking, the page called "Just for fun" for the fun photos, and "Out and about + traffic lights" and scroll down to the golfing shot at the bottom.
I realize now after looking through Endal's site that he is a real celebrity over in the U.K. but I also think of both Allen and Endal as celebrities, not just because they were on tv but because of their exemplary partnership and the way they have overcome huge obstacles with humour and grace.
January 5, 2007
I got Rockwell's quarterly update today! Of course, after I read it I felt both proud and anxious. I am worried about his lack of confidence. I wonder if it came from being bounced around a little in his early days (he was eleven weeks when we got him). I worry that I gave him a complex. Sometimes. :) I feel like a parent, in other words. Here it is:
"Rockwell has recently had a change of handler and is being allowed time to adapt. He is fairly well settled in kennels, though at times can be boisterous and vocal in seeking attention. He is eating well and is in good condition.
Rockwell is always keen and eager for his training walks, and travels well in the training van. He is adapting to his new handler fairly quickly, though his leash behaviour can, at times, be quite erratic, mainly due to him being easily distracted, particularly with dogs and noises and also because of his level of anxiety and low confidence.
A calm, consistent approach is being adopted, and encouraging him to relax and listen to the handler. We are slowly seeing improvements in his overall behaviour, but much more is needed.
Rockwell has been introduced to wearing the harness and is learning some of the basics of Guide work such as stopping at all down kerbs and avoiding obstacles. He is also learning directional and control commands.
We look forward to continuing with Rockwell and we are hopeful of more improvements. Thank you for all your hard work with him during the Puppy Walking phase of his life."
Well, as I said - both proud and anxious at the same time. I hope they will give him all the time he needs. I know he is smart enough. Maybe like Endal on he just needs to find the right master and his confidence will appear.
If you intend to walk your puppy off of the lead always consider how safe this is and you need to ensure your puppy, other dogs and others walking in this area are all safe too. Itâs your responsibility as a dog owner to consider everyone and every other dog around you and your puppy. Make sure you and your puppy are walking in dog friendly areas and walkways, and not on private property or accessing strictly no dogs allowed areas.