Socializing CC puppy during social distancing for Corona Virus

Discussion in 'Cane Corso' started by Garciagirl83, Mar 18, 2020.

  1. Garciagirl83

    Garciagirl83 New Member

    We pick up our cc puppy in 10 days. Anyone have any good ideas of how we can get our 8 week old socialized during social distancing for covid19? We are under a shelter in place order per our county. We know how important it is to socialize early, our puppy kinder classes have all been canceled and we can’t go to dog park until she is fully vaccinated. We are planning to carry her on short walks, but there is nobody on the streets in our community. We are considering playing dress up to get her used to hats, canes etc. Any creative ideas would be appreciated.
  2. NeoBull

    NeoBull Active Member

    I’m going through the same thing, luckily there are plenty of people out walking here so we just sit and watch them go by, she see’s people of all ages, dogs, bikes, runners, even ducks. I’ve also taken her with us to the pet stores for supplies. Not ideal but doing what we can ‍♀️ 5773A587-7D71-4FA5-8A4E-9524F96FA268.jpeg
  3. Zeela

    Zeela Well-Known Member

    I didn't socialize Zeela until she was trained for all the right commands at 6-7 months old. You have time, 8 weeks is too young to take them all over the place.
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  4. NeoBull

    NeoBull Active Member

    The main window for socialization closes around 12-14 weeks. They need to be exposed to new sounds (storms, garbage trucks, sirens, crying, motorcycles, etc) smells, places, surfaces, all kinds of people (old, young, different races, disabled, etc), animals (cats, ducks, whatever they may see in their regular life, might include cows and horses for some, and as many safe vaccinated dogs as possible. 4464A8E7-A097-4784-80C5-86AA498C438D.png
  5. Boxergirl

    Boxergirl Well-Known Member

    I agree that there's an optimal time for socialization, but if you miss it or aren't able to do as much as you'd like it's not the end of the world. Do the best you can. A lot of exposure can happen from a distance. You can go to parks for exposure to different surfaces. Be creative! I'm also a fan of having people that you can be around dress in odd clothes, etc. Can't hurt anything. Sounds on the computer aren't ideal, but better than nothing. If you see any issues developing, post about them and maybe we can help you work through things. Don't forget to post pictures please.
  6. Nik

    Nik Well-Known Member

    Completely agree with this. With introducing the dog to different surfaces and scenarios with no other people or dogs involved it boosts their confidence. And a confident dog does better in any kind of new situation. We did agility training a bit with our dogs and they both got more confident after walking over bridges, through tunnels, between tubes, and on all the different kind of surfaces. Diesel just plain enjoyed it but Kahlua was super nervous of each new thing we had her do and she would grow in confidence as we did it more and more. It also built her confidence and trust in us which is most important of all. She is not friendly with unknown dogs but her being more confident in us lets us redirect her in controlled situations like on walks when we cross paths with another dog.
  7. Loverboy Skyline

    Loverboy Skyline New Member

    Right now my 13 wk old Bullmastiff puppy is staying at home. He has our Shih Tzu to play with, he sees some neighbors and dogs thru the fence, and 2 weeks ago we took him out to visit friends before the Covid19 scare really hit us locally. I don't take him out in public because his immune system might not be ready yet. I won't do it until his titers check positive or he gets his boosters. I'm not at all worried about the window closing after 14 wks. Have you seen the Dog Whisperer? He socializes adult dogs with aggression problems, and it seems to work for him.
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  8. Garciagirl83

    Garciagirl83 New Member

    Thank you for all of your advice and ideas. We brought Isabelle home today. we are all in love. My sister’s vaccinated lab is coming over for a play date and we do plan to watch all the people walking their dogs and riding bikes. More and more people are out exercising everyday here. C95F1B0A-02F5-4505-9EBC-E7C0D3F350C8.jpeg
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