We had another fun walk with Zoey. It wasn’t too hot out so we stuck about a big longer and had some extra exploring, play and fun time.
The fields have been cut so Zoey had a whale of a time rolling in the grass. As we were walking along I threw a huge wad of grass at her, which she loved, so it’s a new game of ours now 🙂
Raiden had a humongous adventure today. We did bump into some guy who “has owned terriers for fifty years” and was giving us some wonderful ‘advice’…eg. he asked why we were carrying Rey, so we said we were gonna be out for an hour and puppies shouldn’t walk too far. He replied “think about what you’ve just f***ing said, you know? This is a terrier, he’ll run for miles!”…and it’s like well yeah, maybe he would, but it could mess up his joints / growth plates!
This man also yanked Raiden on the end of his longline (seriously, get the hell off my puppy’s lead!) and was just crap with him.
After the yank Raiden completely ignored him, which I loved. He wasn’t scared, he just had enough slack lead to move away and thought ‘well that guy’s an idiot so I’ll go do my own thing.’ Perfect 🙂
I simmered angrily for the next half hour, but then we met a lovely woman who fussed Raiden, and she called out a young girl of about ten who did beautifully with him too.
We then bumped into a neighbour who has a tiny rescue Yorkie and had a chat with him (Rey threw a strop because he was tired and wanted to see the dog) and then we were home!
This morning we phoned up the place that runs the class we were going to take Raiden to. The class is called a Puppy Socialisation Class, but you want to know something funny? The puppies don’t get to socialise with each other! WHAT??
Apparently they get to briefly sniff each other on lead in the beginning, but the class is ‘mostly about teaching puppies to focus around distractions’…then why call it a socialisation class?! Aaagh!
We might go to a few of their classes (providing you don’t have to pay for them in bulk) but as we only really want the socialisation aspect, it seems a bit of a waste…
So basically there are no puppy socialisation classes / groups around here. Wonderful. And we don’t know anybody with a puppy or a stable adult dog that Raiden could play and learn from. Even more wonderful!
We’re seriously considering setting up our own puppy socialisation group…the only issue is that by the time word got around and anyone started coming, Raiden would probably be all but grown up!! Could still be fun though 🙂
We’ve got the number for the local village hall and are gonna ask if we could hire it out. I know the one a 20 minute walk away hires out to a dog trainer, so they do allow dogs in the building. It would be fun to provide a puppy class that is based on positive reinforcement, counter conditioning & building the confidence of nervous puppies, and socialisation.
I even thought we could take different surfaces (eg. rubber mats) and unusual items, such as our pop up tent, to get the puppies used to novelty items and show the owners of any scaredy pups how to help them overcome their fear.
Something we’re looking into anyway – for now have some photos of Zoey’s evening:
She was so tired after her off lead adventure 🙂