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Puppy Socialization/Safety in City life (Richmond, VA)
  • Hi, I don't have a shiba yet but I'm trying to learn as much as I can before I get one!

    I read on a few posts here on how 7-12 weeks is a very critical age for them to learn and grow mentally. I know socialization is very important but I have also read you shouldn't let your pup roam around where other dogs roam, especially in cities. I live in downtown and would definitely say it is NOT the cleanest city. Do you have any tips on how to socialize a pup without letting them walk around the city? How do I go about potty training without letting them walk around the side walks around my apartment? I've also read you shouldn't bring your new pup around other dogs until they've had most of their shots. At what age is it appropriate to start bringing them to dog parks? Also how much exercise does a shiba need typically in a day?

    thanks for all your input!
  • ZenkiZenki
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  • @zenki thanks for your tips! I'll definitely look up his books and congrats on your new shiba! I might look into getting some sod too, I looked up the prices of the "premade" sod training pads but they're a bit pricey ($29/week!) When you set yours up, did you put anything under neath it? Are you using fresh or artificial sod?

    @imBLASIAN ah I didn't know you had to take the extra steps to search things! thanks i'll try looking a bit deeper, just didn't see anything about that met all my details, new puppies in the city, socialization with people/other dogs, age specific, etc
  • @imBLASIAN i just read binged read Dairy of Ponyo. it was an awesome read & I feel like i learned a lot :)
  • sunyatasunyata
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