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I wasn't really sure where best to put this thread but I felt it was worth sharing.

I read an article in 'Your Dog' magazine this week about a puppy socialisation plan for breeders to use with their puppies up to 8 weeks of age. It has been put together by the Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club and can be adopted by any breeder, big or small.

Knowing how important the first 16 weeks of socialisation are I think this is a fabulous initiative and I think that breeders have a massive part to play in this process. Something else to help the good breeders stand out!

http://www.thepuppyplan.com/
 

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Yes it is a great idea, link was on another thread as well and it looks really good, even if the breeder hasn't followed it the plan continues for new owners to print out and follow.
 

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I think this is a good initiative but a bit disappointed at the check list for new owners.
We are lucky that our Vets hold puppy party's and they are run by a dog behaviourist that specialises in puppy socialisation. Her puppy classes are geared to the development of puppy's under 16 weeks, lots of interaction between the puppy and other owners. family groups are encouraged attend so the puppy can meet lot of different people and children, as well as normal basic training.
She gives the group homework to do each week these include things like; travel on a bus and/or a train, walk down a busy shopping street, meet older dogs, stand by a busy road. all designed to build you pups confidence and social skills.
I would have liked the check list to have some suggestions and not just heading for each section, as without the homework I would never thought of taking mine on a bus.
 

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I think the bigger focus on this is for the breeders to start the socialisation process however the program enables new owners to continue themselves. I can see how some might prefer more specific instructions but it does say that it is left open purposefully so that people can create their plans to suit their own life styles.

The most unique and exciting thing about the Puppy Plan is that you design it yourself. This is your plan to make sure you have the dog of your dreams. This Plan doesn’t tell you what to do, insist you do things that have no bearing on your life, or waste your valuable time. Instead you create your personal Puppy Plan around your life and the life your new dog will lead.

I guess it is not trying to replace doing your own research and allowing people to adapt the plan to their own environment and personal circumstances.
 

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Don't get me wrong I think this will help a lot of owners and dogs have a better life as a great lot of first time owners will not know that the first 16 weeks are so important in a dogs development and the more information they can get will only make thing a lot better, and if a breeder has embraced this its defiantly a winner.
The thing I got from the home work was the importance of your dog meeting men, being one myself it had not occurred to me that it was important, but in fact most dogs are looked after by the female member of the family, most dog trainers are female, and go to a dog event and most handlers are female, no wonder dogs have problems with men.
 
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