My puppies Mama Beetz and Massimo will be 15 weeks old tomorrow. They are growing and learning everyday, slowly but surely, as they should.
I do believe in and practice kind and considerate socialization two to three times per week. We sample new areas in town from hardware stores to ponds to the University. Some of it has gone really well and some outings were cut short do to ‘too much’ of whatever, noise, activity, lack of space, crowds, dogs, traffic, etc. Short and sweet with doable distractions and doable new things, I for sure do not look for summer-fair like environments.
We had a holiday weekend, and two active puppies needing a little adventure, and my own children were home for a visit, so we decided an outing would be great for all of us.
Because town was busy, with everyone out and about doing things, we planned a little walk up at the University knowing that it would be empty, but by the time we arrived and parked, the weather started to look a bit suspicious, and as soon as we stepped onto the sidewalk, thunder and rain.
The parking garage is four stories, and we just decided to have our little adventure right there, with the entire structure to ourselves.
We introduced the puppies to –
- a parking garage – obviously
- elevators up and down
- beeping with doors opening and closing
- multiple level stair cases up and down
- walking through levels of the garage
- going through doors
- smelling new things
- going from rain to no rain to rain
- walking in open air but inside
Sometimes the best socialization adventures are the ones you aren’t planning or anticipating. We had so much fun and played in this space on all four levels for over a half hour. Truly a good puppy outing!
Here is to seeing the world through new puppy eyes!