|Barked: Tue Sep 11, '12 12:06pm PST |
|I always take puppies to places where there are lots of people are such as pet stores and outside malls. Its really good to evaluate what the puppy is comfortable with as you dont want to overwhelm him/her. If the puppy doesn't appear to be nervous in a pet store or with the kids that it sees/interacts with at the stores or in the neighborhood I like to take them to local outdoor sports events, like soccer or little league. I always make sure to be nice but firm with kids who want to say hi, I usually tell them to wait until the puppy calms down and to say hi one or two at a time as to not mob the puppy and scare it.
As for other dogs, I try to stick with other puppies and dogs that I know very well...you do not want the puppy to have a bad experience with other dogs...in pet stores, even if people say that their dog is fine, I dont let strange dogs say hi to a puppy (to avoid bad experiences and disease).
That is what I do, I know other people will be able to provide tips as well.
Good Luck and Have fun!