Honey’s breeder strongly urged us to expose Honey to as many different people, places, and things as possible while she was still a puppy. That’s how I knew we had found the right breeder.
Puppies need to be socialized to a wide variety of situations so they don’t fear them as they grow up. We thought we were very thorough but sometimes Honey will surprise us by showing some shyness. The most recent surprise? Snowmen. She’s not sure what to make of them.
Since Honey came to us in late March, I guess we can’t feel too bad about it. But I’m determined to keep the socializing going.
Our new dream is to take up sailing and we want Honey to go with us. That means getting her used to new noises and sensations–flapping sails, lines slapping the side of the boat, moving from a moving dock to a moving boat.
Of course, it’s as hard to expose a dog in upstate to NY to sailing in February as it is to expose a dog in upstate NY to snowmen in March (most years). That’s why we’ve been walking through the boat yard in mid winter. Not everything is battened down so we still get some interesting sounds and lots of flapping tarps.
Honey’s not too sure about it yet but we’re hoping a calm attitude and lots of yummy treats will make it easier.