A Milestone for Clara: Socialization Work Pays Off

 

Eileen Anderson does it again, another interesting post, this time on Clara’s recent socialization successes.


Clara keeps racking up the successes. I don’t mean awards, ribbons, or titles. I mean socialization successes, which are far more meaningful to her. These successes mean that her world gets bigger.

A couple of months ago I posted a short brag about her progress at the vet’s office. The socialization and exposure work we have been doing regularly has been generalizing more and more. Nowadays she is less afraid at the vet than many dogs with more normal puppyhoods.

This success got me thinking. I was able to take her into a completely new environment (the vet specialty practice) without graduated exposures. We just started going there for appointments. And although she was nervous at times, I felt like the experience was a positive one. She was more comfortable each time we went, which is pretty amazing without any deliberate desensitization.

What I thought: Maybe she’s ready to go to my office!

Tan dog with black face lying on a carpet with a red rubber ball in front of her

Clara, the newest office dog–a bit concerned but glad to be there

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