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So, the big day is nearly here - tomorrow, Rosie will be allowed out for the first time!!

Sadly, I have had to switch my days at work this week so I won't be at home during the day. But I am reserving the right to be the first to take her out (which I have earned by doing almost all the late night/early morning garden trips and being the only one to bath her), so she'll just have to wait until the evening. Probably better without the kids anyway!

So, does anyone have any tips as to what to do - just once around the block or a trip out to the local park or what? We live in a very quiet village, so I don't think there would be much to scare her nearby. But, is it best to go where there are no roads?

Am I over-thinking this, as usual?

Louise x
 

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I have a tip!!!! HAVE FUN!!! it's your first walk....go as long as you like....she will likely get tired...Lady only made it around the block once on her first walk
 

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It depends on whether you have got her used to the lead yet. They don't usually like the lead at first, so if she is not used to it and you want her to have fun, I would take her to a park and put her on a long line, holding the end and letting the rest drag so she can have a sense of freedom and explore. But I'm not a great "dog on a lead" person. Whatever you do, enjoy!
 

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I think it may surprise you what she wants to do. When we first got Rufus we thought we weren't supposed to take him on a long walk at first as he was so young but he just wanted to go and go and go forever! He was never tired out! until we got back home and he passed out for hours ahaha

It will be fun no matter what you do. She will love exploring the outside finally. Have fun!!!
 

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We're lucky because we have quite a large back garden, so she's pretty used to running about for ages like a mad thing anyway - I can't see her getting tired out, unless it is as a result of having so many new things to see and sniff!

I'll report back after tomorrow evening!
 

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Good luck Louise. You are lucky to live in a village with not much traffic as that was the main thing that hampered Alfie's 1st walk. He was terrified everytime a car went passed him! Look forward to hearing how it goes

Enjoy.............:) x
 

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Put her on a long line or flexi and just let her have a good old romp and a sniff round at all those exciting doggy smells. One book I have read describes dogs having a good sniff around or 'smell walk' as 'reading a newspaper' - she'll be figuring out who's around, how old they are, what's been going on and all sorts of other good stuff they glean from smelling that we can't begin to imagine. Just enjoy watching they'll be plenty of time for lead work and training :D
 

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Gosh how funny thats what we say when we're if "just hang on Wilfs reading his emails" lol. Hope you both enjoy Louise its been a while coming. Maybe walking on the streets while its quiet is nt a bad thing so that she does get used to the traffic noise, rather than being overly nervous later on. I think if your in a secure place just take her off the lead while she's young she wont want to go far away and it'll get her used to it then just practise your recall ... be confident and have a great time at least the light and weathers on your side x
 

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Well, I decided to work from home this afternoon and took her out on a sneaky first walk when I got home. She loved it - she met a lady I normally see with her labrador, minus the labrador for once, which was probably lucky. Then she ate some bird poo, did lots of sniffing and got a little concerned at the noise of the bin men, so we turned around and went the other way. A bit more sniffing, a lot of ignoring me, despite the kibble in my hand and then back home. Very enjoyable!

I think I will take a break later and Rosie and I can walk up with our nanny to pick up my daughter from pre-school. And then that will be it for the first day, I think! I'm too much of a scaredy cat to do off-lead yet!!!

Oh, I've booked her into puppy classes at the local dog training school too, starting tomorrow night. She officially has a busier social life than me now.
 

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Then she ate some bird poo, did lots of sniffing and got a little concerned at the noise of the bin men, so we turned around and went the other way.
If there are things that Flo doesn't like - objects, noises, I don't turn round and walk the other way in case she thinks I'm worried about it in which case she may worry more. I get her to look at me then yawn a bit, maybe lick my lips (calming signals for a dog which kind of means 'hey it's fine stay calm, nothing to worry about) then walk straight up to and past what ever it is. She's been fretting about bird scarer guns which are new to her so I yawn away - they're boring - let's just get on and she seems to relax. She also growled at a skip a week ago which just appeared on a regular route - so lots more yawning and lip licking. I think the village people think I'm very tired and over worked:D To see more about this look up kikopup on youtube.
 

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If there are things that Flo doesn't like - objects, noises, I don't turn round and walk the other way in case she thinks I'm worried about it in which case she may worry more. I get her to look at me then yawn a bit, maybe lick my lips (calming signals for a dog which kind of means 'hey it's fine stay calm, nothing to worry about) then walk straight up to and past what ever it is. She's been fretting about bird scarer guns which are new to her so I yawn away - they're boring - let's just get on and she seems to relax. She also growled at a skip a week ago which just appeared on a regular route - so lots more yawning and lip licking. I think the village people think I'm very tired and over worked:D To see more about this look up kikopup on youtube.
Thanks Mandy, that's helfpul to know. We were lucky today because I spotted the truck before she did and could tell it was going to be going where we were heading, so I turned around as if that had been my plan all along. It was as we were walking away that she heard the noises and started looking a bit worried.

I did find myself re-assuring her by saying good girl and then realised that was the wrong thing to do (reinforcing unwanted behavoiur and all that) - will try harder next time!
 

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Enjoy your trip with Rosie up to pre-school, lots of socialising with all the mums and little ones. I've seen somewhere that a puppy should meet 100 different people before they are 4 months old so one outing like that should get you half way there :D

If you take a puppy to pre-school where lots of mums are just letting go of there youngest children you'll probably start a rush on puppies with all the still slightly broody mums who don't want more children :D:D

There's a run on puppies at my little ones lower school and about 6 mums whose children have just started reception year have got puppies in the last few months.

I have a 16 and 13 year old then a last minute 5 year (hey - getting old better have another quickly) now I have Flo (way too old and knackered for another - lets get a puppy) :D:D:D
 

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you'll probably start a rush on puppies with all the still slightly broody mums who don't want more children :D:D
I have no idea what you are talking about,

Louise, Mily (age 3), Max (age 2) and Rosie (12 weeks).
 

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Puppy class is the best! It definitely gives you time to bond with your puppy and learn all the things you want to know. Also a really good time letting them socialize, especially if you don't have many dogs living near you. Enjoy!
 

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Have you been to puppy class yet?... too lazy to look back to see when you were going lol. Great image of you yawning and lip licking Mandy. Wilf used to love it when we went to school every day and all the kids got to know him and stroke him its a great experience for everyone ... and yes our school was like that but appeared to be more the women around 40 whose kids were getting a bit more independant x
 

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It was puppy class this evening. Great fun and we even met up with an old friend - Phoebe the chocolate lab from the puppy party. Lots of dogs that were bigger than Rosie so she seemed to be quite over her little domineering phase. She's fast asleep now - too much excitement!
 

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It was puppy class this evening. Great fun and we even met up with an old friend - Phoebe the chocolate lab from the puppy party. Lots of dogs that were bigger than Rosie so she seemed to be quite over her little domineering phase. She's fast asleep now - too much excitement!
I love the training aspect with dogs and still go weekly with Flo. Are you in a hall or field? Flo starts beginners agility on Tuesday, can't wait, though I'm a bit worried I'll make a bit of a show of myself running round the course with her. I can't remember when I last ran - I think it was after a bus about 30 years ago!!
 
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