Thursday, February 7, 2013

Social Hour at Mud Puppies

Last weekend we took the pooches over to Mud Puppies for Social Hour.



Every Saturday, they open up the training rink for up to 12 dogs to, well...socialize!

During the summer months, the attendance declines as people are out and about (unless it's super hot, then it's a break inthe AC).  We haven't been able to fit it back into our schedules like we would.



I've noticed Tess getting less confident and less tolerant of rude dogs (something that was nearly perfected when we were regularly attending).  Not wanting to lose our progress, we made the effort to get our butts there.


Tess had a blast and nearly picked up where she left off.  There was one dog who she was less tolerant with, but he really was a gentleman - he's just big!  She's always been a little leary of larger dogs.




Ed is not a direct socialization kind of guy, and we respect that.  But we do think it's important to still work on Ed's passive socialization.  The shop was bustling with customers coming to the groom shop or for self serve.  Kids and adults were coming in and out.  Ed was sitting patiently for pets (which is a BIG milestone!).  Not only that, but he managed to make it through the hour with minimal gremlin noises to the other dogs!  How's that for progress?!



And best of all, BOTH the pooches were beat for the rest of the day...

11 comments:

  1. That sounds like a ton of fun! I wish I could find a place nearby that offered a social hour. I think Athena would LOOOOOOVVVEEE it!

    For her socialness, we take Athena to daycare once a week. I know it's not ideal that we aren't actual a part of socializing her, but we really, really trust the people at her daycare. Athena thinks daycare is the best thing in the world!

    I'm going to have to look and see if Portland has any sort of social hour =)

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    1. That's one thing we like so much - that the owners are very involved in the interactions. All humans are required to attend a Socialization Seminar where they are learn triggers and signals. I love this as compared to a dog park where some people use it as a babysitter.

      It's great that you have a daycare to take her to. We would love to do something like that once a week, but unfortunately the one in town won't allow pitbulls to go =(

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  2. Hi! I just found your blog and love it. I also live in Erie and have an eight month old pit bull pup. I never knew that Mud Puppies offered so much! I just called and am planning on attending the next socialization seminar so we can eventually take part in social hour or yappy hour!

    Lisa

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    1. Yes! They have a bunch of stuff going on there! They do social hour Thursday nights and Saturday mornings. 8 months is a great age to your pooch started!

      We'd love to see you there and meet your little one. It'd be great to have another pitty in the crowd.

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  3. That sounds incredible...Lainey goes to doggy daycare (or DID prior to all of her surgeries) and she would come home every night exhausted!

    I can definitely tell a huge difference since we stopped going to daycare in September, she is much more cautious of all people and animals. She was never like that before and is going to need some serious socialization after she is all healed.

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    1. It's so funny how you notice the subtle changes!! I'm glad she's on the mend!

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  4. I need to find one of these for SURE near us. I am so shocked that I have yet to find a central LA pack walk...

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  5. That's cool, I would definitely take advantage of that if we had it by us! Luckily weather is rarely a factor here but Norman sure does love a good wrestle buddy and I agree I don't trust the dog park because people just don't have a clue. Ed looks like such a gentleman, I love how you describe his "gremlin noises" haha.

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  6. I soo wish we had something like that around here. Ray would really benefit from some socialization because all of our neighbors have very small dogs. I love the gremlin noises...

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  7. I love that boxer's playful pose in the top photo! And how cute to see them playing. Tess looks thrilled! You seem very aware of your dogs' indivdual spoken and unspoken needs.

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  8. The most disgusting and horrible place i have ever been too, rude owner, pee all over the floor, and the treatment of my dog put him in total distress, if you love your dogs do not go here...

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