It was nice and warm when we got to our Trips and Travels destination so we took a little walk this evening. None of us even needed jackets!
The trip down was uneventful and nice. I’ve come to realize I’m at the point in my life where uneventful is actually what I want. I have enough events day to day, I’m ready for some boring.
The only excitement happened when we stopped for for a puppy potty break and a spot of lunch.
We met a bear! Maizey was sure to let us know there was something with four legs in the immediate vicinity. Even Magnus The Brave wasn’t so brave in the face of this ferocious beast.
I am seeing some signs of the second fear imprint period in my brave boy. Nothing major and he recovers quickly with a few c/t’s for courage. Such was the case with both my 4legged friends today while they faced their fears and befriended yet another new 4legged animal.
Remember Magnus’ puppy socialization list? By the time he was 16 weeks old he:
- Met 60 new people plus two occasions of crowds of 20 or more
- Had 27 unique experiences or locations
- Played with 28 puppies or safe adult dogs
- Experienced 17 different surfaces
- Played with 22 different objects
- Exposed to 9 different fast-moving objects
- Exposed to 24 different noises
- Ate out of 18 different containers
- Ate at 7 different locations
It stands to reason Maizey’s socialization list would be similar in length and thoroughness. Unfortunately, it’s not.
Cleaning out my dog file today I found the “List of things Maizey needs to be socialized to.” It had 15 items on it. 15! I’m almost ashamed to admit that, but at the time I was almost the only person I knew that even had a socialization list.
Somewhat to her detriment Maizey was my guinea pig with puppy raising and clicker training. I wish I knew then what I know now, she may be a vastly different dog.
Today’s 4legged lesson: let your pups teach you all they can as fast as you can learn. You never know what they are preparing you for.
One good thing about Maizey, she has been a thorough teacher in two short years and the lessons she has helped me learn are helping me with Magnus now.
I see so many contrasts in them and fear imprint periods are too big of a subject for this post, but what I will say is what I didn’t know for her she has taught me for Magnus. For that I’m grateful.
I know now what to do when he is hesitant about things, I have so many more skills to help him through this critical period of his life. For that I’m grateful.
The other 4leged lesson of today: it’s okay to not be brave all the time and I’m thankful for my Princessface Maizey and all she has forced me to learn.