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Friday, Mar. 3rd 2017

Luna’s Life, a Dog and a Trainer 3/3/17

OK she is at here!!! At home… So expect a lengthy post later this weekend or on Monday about our first couple days together, or check out the Facebook page for more up to date pics and whats going on!!!

But as promised, here is the puppy socialization list that I use with my clients! A pretty important update is that I found out that Luna is probably older than we orignally thought! Originally we thought she was approx 4 month but with more examination of teeth and other things she is probably closer to 6-7 months! Why is this important? Because it would lend itself to think her fearfulness will be even harder to handle… Keep in mind Luna had three really important things going for her:

  • No fear aggression whatsoever she displayed avoidance and would rebound if you just stopped or slowed down
  • She loves other dogs…
  • After startling she would move in to investigate rather that staying away…..

So again while this list is for puppies, any new dog can and should be exposed to these things when you bring them into your home. If not for the socialization aspect, then for the opportunity to see where a dogs deficiencies are….

 Dog trainers warning…

Any dog showing aggression of any kind (fear, people dog, resource, etc…) should only attempt this list with a professional certified dog trainer present. Remember Socialization can be done wrong also and with cases such as these… The risk can outweigh the reward for a person not experienced with what to look for!!!!




The big one with lots of info, but…. Your Puppy must meet 50 people a week from the age of 12 weeks to 20 weeks, and it must include: Continue

  • Men and Women (some are gender specific)
    • Beards
    • Hats
    • Glasses
    • Jewelry
    • Helmets
    • Cigarettes/smokers
    • Different ethnic groups and races
    • Elderly
    • All sizes (short, tall, large, small)
    • Loud
    • Hoodies
    • Backpacks
    • Runners
    • Bicyclist
    • Costumes
    • Uniforms
      • Police
      • Fire
      • EMT
      • Mail Person
      • UPS
      • Military
    • Folks with disabilities (things that would make motion less normal)
  • Kids
    • All age ranges (from infants to teenagers)
    • Groups and individuals
    • Standing, sitting and playing
    • Loud and Quiet
  • All interactions must be positive and associated with super yummy treats. If we allow our dogs to have a scary or bad experience during this age range you risk having a dog that will not accept this group of people as an adult
  • At this age dogs should be carried or in wagon, shopping cart, but not loose on the floor of strange non clean environments…

Interactions with Folks People Part 2

  • Holding puppy
  • Paws (touch)
  • Face (touch)
  • Ears (look at, touch and clean)
  • Teeth (look at and touch)
  • Tail (touch ,tug, and under yes gentle)
  • Hugging puppy
  • Touching collar
  • Touching and clipping nails
  • Checking and touching between the pads (feet)
  • Touching the rear legs
  • Brushing and Grooming
  • Passing the puppy to others for other human touch
  • Baths
  • Nails grinding and clipping (might take two folks one to do the other to reward)
  • Brushing teeth
  • Brushing hair backwards or wrong way
  • Have strangers have a conversation with the pup so that all sorts of voices are experienced
  • Touching puppy while around food and toys and doing lots of trading…


Visual things and Noises Items

  • Sirens
  • Car Horns Traffic
  • Thunderstorms
  • Fairs and Festivals
  • Wheel Chairs
  • Walkers
  • Crutches
  • Bikes
  • Skateboards
  • Radios and Music
  • Cell Phones and Ringers
  • Cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Doorbells
  • Knocking on doors
  • Trucks (Big and Small)
  • Buses
  • Rollerblades
  • Garbage cans
  • Shopping carts
  • Baby Strollers
  • Pots and pans
  • Blankets and sheets (being shook out folded and just the item)
  • Brooms
  • Hand and full size power tools
  • Brooms
  • Balloons
  • Umbrellas
  • Plastic bags shopping and trash (moving and just there)
  • Barking dogs
  • Burning wood
  • Crying babies
  • Blow up displays
  • Full wall mirrors
  • Nerf or water guns
  • Vacuum
  • Stairs
  • Hula hoops
  • Gym equipment
  • TV
  • Clapping (applause)
  • Yelling and shouting (sporting events)
  • Dropping pots and pans
  • Leaves blowing in the wind
  • Rain, Snow & all other kinds of weather
  • Garage doors and openers



  • Veterinarian
  • Boarding Kennel
  • Groomer
  • Daycare
  • Pet Shop/Store
  • Schools
  • Playgrounds
  • Parks
  • Suburban Neighborhood
  • Residential Streets
  • Woods
  • High Traffic Area (downtown)
  • Parking lots
  • Inside Dog Friendly Businesses
  • Dog friendly events (trials, dog and jog, pool closings and such)
    • Remember not on ground but experiencing the places positively) This one is really for all items on the list. Keep the pup safe till fully vaccinated!
  • Dog Training Facilities/Locations
  • Sporting Events
  • Birthday Parties
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Church/Civic Center Social Events
  • School Events
  • Inside and riding in car
  • Inside and riding in Boat
  • Drive trough’s at banks and restaurants


  • Dirt
  • Grass
  • Gravel
  • Asphalt
  • Sand
  • Tile
  • Concrete
  • Granite or Marble
  • Slick
  • Puddles or just wet
  • Carpet
  • Metal
  • Something a dog can see through (glass or grating)
  • Stairs
  • Escalators
  • Elevators
  • Wood


Other animals




  • Small critters (squirrels and rabbits)
  • Small animals, pets (hamsters, gerbils and ferrets)
  • Birds (wild and pet)
  • Cats
  • Farm Animals
  • Geese and ducks
  • Reptiles
  • Huge dogs
  • Tiny Dogs


  • Pizza
  • BBQ/Grilling
  • Kitchen cooking
  • Food courts and restaurants (outdoor or allowed)
  • Car and Truck exhaust
  • Gasoline and fumes
  • Paint
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Dog Food other than yours
  • Something Rotten
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Deodorizing sprays
  • Candles
  • Baby stuff (wipes diapers ointments)
  • Perfume/cologne


  • Buckle or quick release collar
  • Harness
  • Leash
  • Crate
  • Vest
  • Cooling Coat
  • Muzzles
  • Ex Pen
  • Tie outs and tethers
  • Boots if necessary in your neck of the woods




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