'Not only is punishment risky, but it also fails to teach the dog an acceptable alternate behaviour. The dog does not learn what to do the next time he is in the same situation. He only learns to fear the situation.' Emma Parsons, Click to Calm p73

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Socialisation Checklist for Lola

These are all things to socialise Lola to before the end of the critical socialisation period (i.e. up to 16 weeks old). She will be sixteen weeks (four months) old on 21st January 2010. In order to check something off the list, it needs to have been experienced at least three times on three different occasions.

PEOPLE - AGES, GENDERS AND ETHNICITIES
Children (aged 0-5 yrs)
Children (aged 6-13 yrs)
Teenagers (13-18 yrs)
Young Adults (19-25 yrs)
Adults (m), white
Adults (f), white
Adults (m), black
Adults (f), black
Adults (m), Asian
Adults (f), Asian
Elderly (m; aged 50+ yrs)
Elderly (f; aged 50+ yrs)

PEOPLE - ASPECTS AND OBJECTS
Short People (m)
Short People (f)
Tall People (m)
Tall People (f)
People with Canes/Walkers
People in Wheelchairs
People with Beards/Moustaches
People In Hats
People With Umbrellas
People with Deep Voices
People with High Voices
People Alone
People In Groups
People With Animals
People in High-Visibility Clothes
People in Short Clothes (e.g. skin showing)
People in Long Clothes (e.g. dresses)
People on Bicycles
People on Roller Blades
People on Skateboards

PLACES
Parks (with children; no dogs)
Parks (with dogs)
Forestry/Woodland
Countryside (i.e. farmlands)
Busy Streets
Main Streets
Quiet Streets
Streets with Cars
Streets with no Cars
Crowded Areas
Empty Areas
Places in the Morning
Places in the Afternoon
Places in the Evening
Places in the Night
Pet Shops
Supermarket Carparks
Outdoor Markets
Indoor Markets
Rivers/Streams
Reservoirs
Canals

TRAVEL
Cars (when stationary)
Cars (when moving)
Buses
Trains

ANIMALS
Big Dogs (m)
Big Dogs (f)
Medium Dogs (m)
Medium Dogs (f)
Small Dogs (m)
Small Dogs (f)
Quiet Dogs (m)
Quiet Dogs (f)
Bouncy/Loud Dogs (m)
Bouncy/Loud Dogs (f)
Dogs on Lead
Dogs off Lead
Cats outside
Cats inside
Pet Shop animals
Farm/Countryside animals

OBJECTS - THINGS
Vacuum Cleaners
Washing Machines
Hairdryers
Kettles
Radios
Televisions
Stereos & CD Players
Computers/Laptops
Games Consoles
Radiators
Fridges & Freezers
Mirrors
Windows
Stairs Going Up
Steps Going Up
Stairs Going Down
Steps Going Down
Sports Equipment
Cars Going Past
Motorbikes Going Past
Trucks Going Past
Tractors Going Past
Lorries Going Past
Vans Going Past
Footballs, Basketballs, etc
Fire (teach to avoid)
Lit Candles (teach to avoid)
Unlit Candles
...etc

OBJECTS - STRANGE NOISES
Fireworks
Insect Noises
Birdsong
Emergency Sirens (police, fire rescue, ambulance, etc)

OTHER - WEATHER CONDITIONS
Thunder and lightning (indoors)
Thunder and Lightning (outdoors)
Heavy Rain (indoors)
Heavy Rain (outdoors)
Hard Winds (indoors)
Hard Winds (outdoors)
Bright Sunlight
Dim Sunlight
Snow & Ice

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