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I am wondering if anyone here in Minnesota has a doberman puppy (or any kind of dog really) and would like to set up little play dates?
I have a month to socialize my little Nani as much as possible! I am taking it very seriously


Because of Covid (and other doggie diseases) i am not super comfortable going to high traffic areas like dog parks and dog stores (which are great places for a lot of socialization unfortunately)
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I have seriously considered moving to a warmer state for Nani... But i think she will come to love this state as much as we do


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Hi!

I'm not located in MN but I hope you find a buddy in the area. I know that dog parks are not very safe for Doberman pups, but maybe there is also a Facebook group you can join for your area that can do a meet up.

Please share pictures, love to see some happy dobes!
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I highly recommend a good puppy class. A good puppy class starts puppies off learning the very basics and how to focus in the presence of other dogs. We have excellent classes here in MN. (Great great blog on why puppy classes matter: Puppy Kindergarten Vs. Obedience Class: What?s The Difference? ? Dr. Jen's Dog Blog)

Paws Abilities has ongoing puppy classes and is a great place to train: https://pawsabilitiesmn.com/classes/

Bloomington Obedience Training Club has puppy classes.

St. Paul Dog Training Club St. Paul Dog Training Club

Fusion https://fusionpetretreat.com/trainin...uppy-training/

Denise Nord does puppy classes at Agile Canines - I've done mine with her and highly recommend her.

I would call NOW - some places have a waiting list. I would absolutely make a drive to have my puppy in a class, and would have a pup in a class right away - I don't wait until they are 16 weeks.

I'd also recommend doing a lot of walks with other dogs where you are simply together but not necessarily interacting. It's good for puppies to learn that they don't always play when they are with other dogs.

It's also super important to get pups out to places where they just observe the world. Places like Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc are dog friendly but aren't high traffic with other dogs.

Too often we think of "socialization" as exposing our dogs to other dogs, when it's really acclimating our puppies to being out in the world. I really like to just take puppies lots of places and let them experience life and have positive experiences. Make sure they do things like ride in elevators, go in a parking garage, watch kids play on a playground...and socialization is all ongoing.

This is an awesome post from Denise Fenzi on what she was doing for socialization during the pandemic and how it's changed her thoughts on socializing: https://denisefenzi.com/2020/05/car-socialization/

I will stop now, but I could go on and on about this topic...
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Thanks so much!
And yes, i plan to put more in my gallery soon

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Hi!

I'm not located in MN but I hope you find a buddy in the area. I know that dog parks are not very safe for Doberman pups, but maybe there is also a Facebook group you can join for your area that can do a meet up.

Please share pictures, love to see some happy dobes!

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Thank you!
I have raised two other puppies so i know this stuff pretty well
I need to look at some puppy classes and training because what i have heard is its all online now
What a drag that would be! i hope its not true. I planned on calling places like crazy Monday

We haven't brought her home yet but brought her out for a car ride (she hated it) but i honestly believe she will be better the next time we take her out for a ride. We are going to bring her camping the beginning of next month, and i have scheduled days to visit every one of my family members in the next month. A few have kids and a lot have their own pets. I am going to shop at pet friendly stores and bring her to every one



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I highly recommend a good puppy class. A good puppy class starts puppies off learning the very basics and how to focus in the presence of other dogs. We have excellent classes here in MN. (Great great blog on why puppy classes matter: Puppy Kindergarten Vs. Obedience Class: What?s The Difference? ? Dr. Jen's Dog Blog)

Paws Abilities has ongoing puppy classes and is a great place to train: https://pawsabilitiesmn.com/classes/

Bloomington Obedience Training Club has puppy classes.

St. Paul Dog Training Club St. Paul Dog Training Club

Fusion https://fusionpetretreat.com/trainin...uppy-training/

Denise Nord does puppy classes at Agile Canines - I've done mine with her and highly recommend her.

I would call NOW - some places have a waiting list. I would absolutely make a drive to have my puppy in a class, and would have a pup in a class right away - I don't wait until they are 16 weeks.

I'd also recommend doing a lot of walks with other dogs where you are simply together but not necessarily interacting. It's good for puppies to learn that they don't always play when they are with other dogs.

It's also super important to get pups out to places where they just observe the world. Places like Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc are dog friendly but aren't high traffic with other dogs.

Too often we think of "socialization" as exposing our dogs to other dogs, when it's really acclimating our puppies to being out in the world. I really like to just take puppies lots of places and let them experience life and have positive experiences. Make sure they do things like ride in elevators, go in a parking garage, watch kids play on a playground...and socialization is all ongoing.

This is an awesome post from Denise Fenzi on what she was doing for socialization during the pandemic and how it's changed her thoughts on socializing: https://denisefenzi.com/2020/05/car-socialization/

I will stop now, but I could go on and on about this topic...

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OH! i have a very important question for you.
I know that i need to bring her everywhere and socialize her as much as possible. but don't puppies at this age sleep 14-20 hours a day? ( i remember the other two i raised sleeping a lot, but not that much. but maybe it was? they were tiny and i just used a side bag and put them in that. HAHA)
But she is much bigger... hmm.... one of those square holders that sit in the car? with a soft bed? or carrying her when shes tired.
She wont fit in a crossbody LOL



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I highly recommend a good puppy class. A good puppy class starts puppies off learning the very basics and how to focus in the presence of other dogs. We have excellent classes here in MN. (Great great blog on why puppy classes matter: Puppy Kindergarten Vs. Obedience Class: What?s The Difference? ? Dr. Jen's Dog Blog)

Paws Abilities has ongoing puppy classes and is a great place to train: https://pawsabilitiesmn.com/classes/

Bloomington Obedience Training Club has puppy classes.

St. Paul Dog Training Club St. Paul Dog Training Club

Fusion https://fusionpetretreat.com/trainin...uppy-training/

Denise Nord does puppy classes at Agile Canines - I've done mine with her and highly recommend her.

I would call NOW - some places have a waiting list. I would absolutely make a drive to have my puppy in a class, and would have a pup in a class right away - I don't wait until they are 16 weeks.

I'd also recommend doing a lot of walks with other dogs where you are simply together but not necessarily interacting. It's good for puppies to learn that they don't always play when they are with other dogs.

It's also super important to get pups out to places where they just observe the world. Places like Lowes, Ace Hardware, etc are dog friendly but aren't high traffic with other dogs.

Too often we think of "socialization" as exposing our dogs to other dogs, when it's really acclimating our puppies to being out in the world. I really like to just take puppies lots of places and let them experience life and have positive experiences. Make sure they do things like ride in elevators, go in a parking garage, watch kids play on a playground...and socialization is all ongoing.

This is an awesome post from Denise Fenzi on what she was doing for socialization during the pandemic and how it's changed her thoughts on socializing: https://denisefenzi.com/2020/05/car-socialization/

I will stop now, but I could go on and on about this topic...

Proud Minnesotan! Born and raised here. Will be a Doberman owner soon!
I have seriously considered moving to a warmer state for Nani... But i think she will come to love this state as much as we do


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OH! i have a very important question for you.
I know that i need to bring her everywhere and socialize her as much as possible. but don't puppies at this age sleep 14-20 hours a day? ( i remember the other two i raised sleeping a lot, but not that much. but maybe it was? they were tiny and i just used a side bag and put them in that. HAHA)
But she is much bigger... hmm.... one of those square holders that sit in the car? with a soft bed? or carrying her when shes tired.
She wont fit in a crossbody LOL
Super short trips out. To keep it a positive experience and not overwhelm her I'd go somewhere for 20-30 minutes. Just put her in a harness on a leash. At 8-9 weeks she's plenty big enough to go out on her own. And you don't have to go out every day - that's overwhelming. She needs down time too.


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Oh! And Puppy Culture is offering a free course right now - I sure wouldn't pass that up!

https://madcapuniversity.com/product...s_H9ehgb78XJvI


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I just downloaded it! thank you

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