Things are opening up and we can finally get our "COVID puppies" out to classes. It's great news but, boy howdy, it's also a wild ride!
This week's blog is a recording of an interview I did for WKSQD's "Katz on Dogs" show. We touch a range of topics but what's urgently relevant to many of us right now is how do deal with our "COVID puppies" as we gradually emerge from social isolation. I have some tips and encouragement for you so listen on!
Let's talk about the question that has to be foremost in any breeder's mind right now...socialization during the coronavirus pandemic. I'm in this situation myself with a 12 week old puppy in my house that normally would be in the midst of daily exposures to important things. I've taken a hard look at my past research on socialization and viewed that in light of the US government's call for measures to stop the spread of the virus, and I have, if not a plan, at least a distilled version of the considerations, with some definite "dos," some definite "don'ts" and some definite "it depends." But I will say at the outset this is all very fluid so, in the end, you have to be alert to changing facts and use your own judgement.
Jane Messineo Lindquist (Killion) is the director of "Puppy Culture: The Powerful First Twelve Weeks That Can Shape Your Puppies' Future" as well as the author of "When Pigs Fly: Training Success With Impossible Dogs."