secondary socialization

In between naps, trying to immunize the little dog against fear. Walking on bricks...
In between naps, trying to immunize the little dog against fear. Walking on bricks…
DT Mall
Puppies get their primary socialization from their siblings and momma. Secondary socialization is the human’s job. Live musicians, panhandlers, back-up beepers
Found a comfortable perch on Market to watch pedestrians, bicycles, garbage  trucks, busses
Found a comfortable perch on Market to watch pedestrians, bicycles, garbage trucks, buses
Engine 5
It takes a village. Fire engine #5 arrived on east Market when an unmarked gas line was cut by excavators. People in uniforms, flashing lights, meet them now, no fear later.
bucket
During the temporary cessation of work, Scott’s Back Hoe’s dog whisperer taught Tilly to retrieve.
retrieving
I had tried to teach this unsuccessfully, the DW got 5 out of 5 returns.
Puppy inspector.
Puppy inspector.
Undaunted.
Undaunted.

Housedog, Waterdog?

Thinking about venturing out.
Thinking about venturing out.
Tilly, puddle
How does a house dog become Waterdog?
shoreline Town Creek
Investigating this thing called water.
Yes or no?
Yes or no?
Knee deep.
Knee deep.
tug
Stress relief. Learning about water, panel vans, fire engines, front end loaders, bicycles, live musicians, meetings, strollers, babies, trains uniforms. Sometime the little dog lets off steam with a game of tug.

Road Trip

Tilly trots Market
Town is a great place. 4700 people per square mile. Lots to see and do. But threats abound. Vigilance is necessary.
Crate
Packed the puppy for a Slabtown visit.
Town Creek
Bigger horizon, 67 people per square mile.
Room to romp
Room to romp
Room to roam
Room to roam
I keep an eye on the sky, don't want the puppy to be a bald eagle snack but the chances of that are slim. A relief not worrying about cars.
I keep an eye on the sky, don’t want the puppy to be a bald eagle snack but the chances of that are slim. A relief not worrying about cars.

Neonate with teeth

dinner rule 1 eat
There is so much going on for the young dog, forcibly removed from siblings and mother, dealing with new everything, food, surroundings, people, words, rules, order, life and death everywhere.
puppy on exam table
visited Georgetown Vet on day 2. Been going there since 1974.
11 pounds
get weighed, evaluated, osculated, prodded, checked out up and down.
asleep at the point of transaction
made lots of new friends, exhausting.
dog phrenology mistake
Back at home, mistakes to be made. Neonate with teeth, curious about everything, the curiosity can be deadly, so the little dog has to be taught, chaperoned, watched, socialized. Fortunately, she was very cool about getting her head stuck, she waited, calmly.
New challenges at every turn, stairs…
New challenges at every turn, stairs…
Learning new means of conveyance, puppy as camera...
Learning new means of conveyance, puppy as camera…
carpetbag
going to meetings and attending quietly.
Pearl the wonder dog
Introduction to other (fully immunized) members of the pack
stopping traffic on Market Street
Cars, walking on a leash. The limitations and dangers of the new world.

Dog Paddle

Sophie swims
The dog paddle or doggy paddle is a simple swimming style. It is characterized by the swimmer lying on their chest and moving their hands and legs alternately in a manner reminiscent of how dogs and other animals swim. It is effectively a “trot” in water, instead of land.
It was the first swimming stroke used by ancient humans, believed to have been learned by observing animals swim. Prehistoric cave paintings in Egypt show figures doing what appears to be the dog paddle.
It is often the first swim stroke used by young children when they are learning to swim.
The dog paddle has also been taught as a military swimming stroke when a silent stroke is needed – since neither arms or legs break the surface.–Wikipedia