Thursday, May 21, 2009

Puppies socialize with other dogs

Just like we have done it with other litters, we are working on socializing puppies with other dogs. It has to be done away from pups' mothers as they are quite protective (especially Gilda) and are not willing yet to share their pups with the rest of our dogs.

Today we had two sessions of Joeri playing with both litters (separately). The pictures show "G" pups.

Exposure like this is very beneficial for the pups as they are learning how to behave around other dogs. They also learn self control.
It is also very useful for us to watch how pups interact with older dogs:
- do they approach them with ease,
- are they afraid, cautious or pushy,
- how do they take correction from an adult dog; do they bounce quickly back or they go away and sulk?
All these observations are important when it comes to matching pups with their future owners.

Joeri was very good with pups. He played with them, rolled on his back, and never was too rough. Altogether it was an excellent experience for the puppies and for Joeri.


Sally said...

I am so madly in love with all your puppies, I can't put it into words.

My parents are breeders as well, of Dachshunds, but we breed for show and field trial, not blood tracking or hunting.

We've been out of the game for a bit, and have narrowed our herd down to 9.

Being away for school and not seeing my dogs everyday has been hard, but your blog and pictures are the next best thing to having a dachshund in your lap, and have been very helpful with my homesickness.

Jolanta Jeanneney said...

Hi Sally,
I am very happy that this blog is helping you with your homesickness. Thank you for reading!