Having witnessed first-hand how a lack of socialization can affect Weimaraners, I probably go a little overboard to make sure mine get adequate exposure to the great big world. At the very least, it makes the transition to their forever homes go a lot smoother.
For me, Week five is a good time to start getting the puppies out of the house. (Done correctly, no, puppies will not be exposed to dirty germs that will really harm them. Also, puppies are still have immunity from their mother’s antibodies, but that’s a different discussion.)
I first start taking them out in pairs or trios, and at some point, all puppies get a “one on one” without their littermates. (Kind of like the Bachelor or Bachelorette, ha!) Everyone gets time in the car, everyone gets time out of the house, and everyone gets introduced to a bunch of other people (and friendly dogs, too!).
On Tuesday, the 11th, the first two puppies, Froggie and LadyBug, got their turn out. We went down to Uncle Jerry’s in Laguna Beach. (Someday, I’m going to post the 4,000 or so photos I have of my dogs over at Uncle Jerry’s house this past year. In the meantime, let’s start with the most recent visit):
We started off with a drive-thru at the local In-n-Out. Puppies very curious about the dashboard.
All bundled up.
LadyBug has a dome head.
Selfie with da babies.
Auntie Seren sniffing them out.
Puppies in a basket.
Curious about their surroundings.
LadyBug with Kim (Jerry Jr’s wife).
Froggie with Jerry Jr.
Froggie with Jerry Sr. (Hey, you know what? It just occurred to me that there were two Kims and two Jerrys on the patio.)
The moment Froggie realized that wasn’t his mamma.
Checking things out…
…and… he’s out.
At some point, we moved to the lawn.
Seren was very good with them.
Apologies for the poop shot. Just wanted to document that five weeks in, we still have good poops!
Puppies getting acclimated to grass and stones.
…and then somebody figured out the treat-filled Kong.
…and then somebody else wanted in on the action.
One determined LadyBug.