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Puppy Socialization at a Video Shoot

Author: Sally Bushwaller | Date: August 20, 2012

I was recently called at the 11th hour to see if I could help locate some well trained Weimaraners for a photo shoot for the Oakbrook Polo Club. I was able to participate with my dog Cassie and talked my friend into coming with his Weimaraner, Ashlee, and his new, 9-week-old Golden Retriever puppy, Cooper. I talked him into it by saying what a good opportunity it would be to socialize his puppy. But I secretly think he came to see the pretty models!

This ended up being much more than a photo shoot.

It was a promotional video for the Polo Club. The cameras used were the same cinematic cameras used on the movie Prometheus. The shoot started with a polo game with four horses. Not only were they shot from the ground, but also from a helicopter, which buzzed the polo ground following the horses!

The dogs were only used in still photos with the models. While both of our Weims did great and held their stays for a long time, Cooper, the puppy, was the star of the show. Who doesn’t love a puppy? Every person there wanted to hold him and play with him. He was touched, fed and carried and played with by men, women and children. He got to see helicopters and horses in action and up close, ride on a golf cart, watch men in dark clothing carrying about all sorts of odd looking equipment and women with big floppy hats. The three hours we spent there was a master class in puppy socialization. Cooper wasn’t phased by any of it and had a great time!

Puppy socialization is extremely critical.

Most people think of puppy socialization as just romping with other dogs and being handled by people. But it is so much more than that.

Puppy socialization is exposing your puppy to all the things they are going to face in the real world, and helping them learn to successfully navigate life in a positive manner without fear. So don’t skip puppy class thinking you will do all the training on your own. Training is the last thing to worry about. Learning to bravely walk down the street and see cars, bikes, mailboxes, walk on grates, hear a garbage truck pick up garbage or anything else your pup may encounter is the most important thing for them to learn.


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