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Where do you live?! We live in London so needed a pup that would be able to handle London life - the bus, the tube, the sound of heavy traffic...

What do you like do to at the weekend? We have a busy family life and a noisy one too. From day one Saffi came with us and everyone fought to look after her. She now loves everyone! We also like the pub so Saffi has come with us on two occasions and slept on our knee.

What do you do at home? We cook and have been having some DIY done - Saffi is used to the blender, the drill, the hoover. She now doesn't even wake up if she's asleep and Marcus starts hoovering!

What kind of people are in your life? As a young couple we don't (yet) have any children so we accost every child we meet in the street and ask if they want to pet Saffi. They always oblige :). We also have eldery relatives so she had to learn to be gentle with them too. Also my Dad and sister's hubby are avid motorcyclists so we took Saffi out to see them with their helmets on pretty early...!

Do any of your friends have dogs? If they're vaccinated and good with puppies I'd introduce them asap. She'll love it!

Basically we've taken her everywhere and done everything! And she's been fine, in fact she's desperate to get on the ground.

Good luck and let us know how you get on!
 

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:iagree: also for us , to not be afraid of noisy traffic was important as we have a busy rd to our local park so we walked along the main rd regularly. We were told that we shouldn't fuss about a noisy truck or an ambulance and not to pet the puppy and say good girl as that would reinforce that there had been something to be scared of and so to just ignore the noise and walk on. Also I regularly walked by school at playtime so Pepper would get used to squealing children :)
 

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We have a busy life and 2 children. She lives the children andthey carry her around like she is a doll!!! We live in the south. Quite a rural area si I guess it's an idea to get her used to busy roads. She isn't too bothered by the Hoover but every time I leave the room or there is a noise she wakes up!!! I'm loving it but exhausted. Roll on when she isbtoilet trained!!!!
 

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We have a busy life and 2 children. She lives the children andthey carry her around like she is a doll!!! We live in the south. Quite a rural area si I guess it's an idea to get her used to busy roads. She isn't too bothered by the Hoover but every time I leave the room or there is a noise she wakes up!!! I'm loving it but exhausted. Roll on when she isbtoilet trained!!!!
Its quite hard fitting everything in, isn't it ? I've got 3 children under 11 so its hard work - just like another baby in the house.

Dexter was quite scared of cars so I've been taking him down to the end of the road & just sitting with him watching the cars & that seems to have worked. The hoover is on almost constantly but he still doesn't like it.

I have asked the postman to pet him & let lots of people tickle him when out. He's not a great fan of a walk yet but I tend to carry him part way to make sure he gets used to the smells & noises.

We also got a couple of relatives with dogs to come round & let the dogs mingle.

Our vet runs puppy socialisation - the first week we went he sat on my lap & shook. Now he is much braver - so thats a good thing to do. I always try & take one of the children to it too.

I'm like you & praying for housetraining to sink in - but that's another story !!

Good luck. Basically I think as long as he is around for most of the typical things that happen in his family then all will be well. Everyone's situation in different so some of the things listed on the socialisation sheets may not be relevant perhaps.

My main bug bear is that I don't know of any cafes etc that allow dogs near me !!!
 

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Our puppy training class suggested meeting at least 7 new people and doing one new thing per week - seemed to work for us as we have very sociable girls now.

Of course, take them out on walks and let them meet other dogs as often as possible.

Good luck with it

One tip to bear in mind - only socialise with them nice dogs!

Ian
 

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My main bug bear is that I don't know of any cafes etc that allow dogs near me !!!
:) I am just waiting for warmer weather and then we can sit outside the cafe with Gisgo. Its taken me 6 years to work out good places to go with the kids to get something to eat and now I have to start all over again searching for pubs etc where we can take a dog in with us!!!
 

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Dexter is not afraid of anything except fireworks and champagne corks! I wish had subjected him to more loud noises when he was little as he is terrified of them. He spent New Years Eve cowering in the downstairs loo at midnght! At Bonnie's obedience class we were told to bang saucepans together while she was eating to associate loud noises with a pleasurable activity! Cant say I have done it yet as poor Dexter will jump through the roof!
 
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