I took our new puppy Mystic to my Canine Center for a little social interaction with other dogs. It was also a good, neutral place to re-introduce Mystic to Eloise, my Doberman rescue.
Mystic had a ball meeting other puppies of his own age. His rapidly increasing size is getting quite apparent. He dwarfs a lot of other dogs his same age!
Puppy playtime is a great opportunity for Mystic to play with other dogs and learn about his mouth. Nips and little bites are part of play. Learning to moderate those bites is going to be very important to him in the future with pups, humans, and other animals alike. And the re-introduction with Eloise went much better.
Since neither dog had “ownership” of this neutral ground, neither dog went in defensively. The meet cute was more about getting to know each other rather than who was in charge of the place.
Plus, Mystic met Todd, one of my trainers, and seems to have taken a liking to him. This might speed up a lot of Mystic’s training and socialization.
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