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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:51 pm 
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I often take for granted that new Lacy owners know the importance of socializing their dog.
However recently I have seen that not everyone knows what that means.

Here when we have pups they are pretty much surrounded by noise, children, other dogs, live stock, horses ect..plenty of noise. Also our dogs young and old are loaded up and taken places. Mike takes them on the job with him..which means they are exposed to chainsaws and machinery noises as well as shouting :))

Our Lacy Dogs do not fall under that category of " sensitive to raised voices"
It is my belief that is due to heavy socialization and exposure to the world around them.

So step 1 : take your new pup places ! Load them up in the truck (in a dog box or leaded in on what Mike calls a chain gang) let them see, smell and hear the world of people.
Don't have a truck? That is alright, load them up in the car. Take them out away from their "comfort zone". Explore parks, PetSmart, where ever you can take a dog ..take them.
Eventually everywhere becomes comfortable for them. People become the norm, and other dogs just part of life. Noises of all types no longer startle or scare them...ever dropped a pan or pan lid in the kitchen and seen your pup jump, cower or run? Do it again..show them it is alright.

The less intimidated by new places and sounds your dog is, the less likely they are to "act out" or react without thinking.

Socialization is a key factor in a dogs over all well being as well as their ability to react in a positive or non threatening way in any given situation.

Prey drive/workability & conformation don't mean a lot with a mean, unpredictable dog.
A well bred Lacy has all three P's..Prey drive, Proper conformation & Pleasant dispositions.

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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:47 pm 
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I agree Mis. Good post.


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 Post Posted: Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:23 pm 
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Mis, I will apologize for my dogs now, they are kinda anti-social like their owner. :-o

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 Post Posted: Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:54 pm 
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:)) Chad
apology accepted, so long as you accept mine for my dogs AND Mike being a lot more social than I am.. :)) Hermit Mis would be a suitable name for me ;)

Let me ask you this, can people approach your dogs without being in harms way? Can you run them with other dogs without a problem? I ask because chances are your dogs are more socialized than you realize...
It is an imprint often made early in a pups life, however it does require up-keep. ;)

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:56 am 
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Mis, we really need a post on establishing yourself as the pack leader for new owners. I'm talking about the puppy approach, not the Ox and Jagd approach ;) I want to put it on the blog too. It is just so vital for new Lacy owners to get that established in the beginning so they don't end up with a Sadie on their hands! Think you and Lamar could write one over lunch this week?

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 Post Posted: Mon Jun 29, 2009 12:03 pm 
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Julie,
I`m sure we can. Lamar and I have been talking in great length about that for the last month or so. Definitely need to define the difference between respecting & accepting.

Ox and Jagd are doing so much better (not 100% but better) makes me wish I had known what I know now back when they were bitty pups.

I`ll see what we can get put together this week ;)

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