Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Exercising puppy Melissa
Just got back an hour ago from hiking with a friend and her dog. Of course puppy Melissa went with us! She met a fisherman coming onto shore with his canoe, ran on the beach with her Lab friends, walked thru a pine forest, laid in a mud puddle, climbed up and over fallen trees.
She has had a busy day for new experiences: 1) a trip to the vet just to spend time in their waiting room where she got to meet more new people, 2) my friend coming to the house to visit, 3) Melissa spent time with other dogs while on the hike 4) she was on several different surfaces....tile at the vet's office, cement on the sidewalks of Albany, sand on the beach, pine needles in the forest, grass in a meadow, and lots of leaves not only to walk on but also to roll in! and 5) she walked around a shopping plaza, met a man pushing a cart full of groceries, and saw more cars moving. A busy day for a 10 week old puppy, but oh so important for her socialization. Don't forget new experiences in your own home for your pup...have dog loving visitors come at least 3 times a week.
Right now Melissa is sound asleep. Time for me to catch up on things around the house...before she wakes up and needs to go out. Have fun with your pup, I am having a blast with Melissa!