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Socialization....is important!

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This is mainly just a vent because I was so appalled with this lady today at work. She has been bringing this puppy into the clinic since it was 1.4 pounds (now 18). They found the pup and we all thought it was wonderful that they decided to keep her and nurse her.

She is now 13 weeks and appallingly un-socialized. The dog not only cowered at the site of me entering the room she tried to bite me when I took her temperature! At 13 weeks! Every time the dog winced in fear she pet her and told her it was okay and that she was a good girl. The owner left the room when we gave vaccines because she couldn't watch (which is fine) and the puppy went nuts! She peed everywhere, tried to snap, cowered in the corner when the vet and I put her on the ground. I've seen puppies be scared before, but I have never seen such a young puppy act like this. And we were nothing but slow and careful with her.

I would give ANYTHING to have had Bridgette that young just so I could socialize her properly and much more easily. The doc tried to give her advice on socialization, but she didn't really seem to see a problem. It was pretty heartbreaking because it's easy to see this poor baby turning into a nasty dog down the road.
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Yeah and you could actually see her getting worse as she continued to be reinforced for it. The doc was so frustrated. Apparently her previous dog was a nightmare too. I just wish people could read just one book before having a dog. Although I suppose someone who didn't care to take our advice isn't going to take the time to research...

I just feel really bad for the poor pup.

well if that doesn't speak volumes. Glad the puppy has someone that loves it but sad that it will be so limited in it's life because of ignorance.
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