More Socializing

Loki is not too bad with strangers. He's friendlier towards women than men. But given enough time, he warms up to most people. But, he's still kind of shy, and, we can do better.

Now, how am I supposed to socialize him, when I was not properly socialized as a puppy? I find it rather awkward to solicit strangers to meet my dog. People are usually in a rush to be somewhere else. Also, some people don't like dogs or are afraid of them. And while Loki's stunning good looks does attract a lot of attention, somehow, it's not enough or not effective.

This morning we went to a coffee shop with free Wi-Fi and put up this sign:

I stayed there for about half an hour.

Loki successfully met two men this morning this way. He wasn't shy at all! Yay!

I'm not sure if we should find a higher traffic area. I don't want to overwhelm Loki, but I was hoping to get more than just two people. Still this place is nice, because they offer free Wi-Fi and an enclosed outdoor area, so that there is no glare from your laptop.


Ms. _______ 2 be ! said...

I have no problem socializing my furball with people but I have problem with dogs...haha

That sign is funny.

Winnie said...


I love the sign! I need some help with Winnie when people come over. She just goes nuts and can't seem to calm down... I wonder if something like that would work with strangers coming over...?

BonnieAnn said...

I try to actively socialize my dog, too. Shiba are notoriously shy, so I wanted to make sure it wasn't an issue. I try to find places where people expect to run into a dog.

The pet store is great, we go sometimes just to hang out. Parks and outdoor festivals and markets (that aren't too crowded) are usually good. Boogie seems to get a lot of socializing out of just going to a friend or family member's house, too.

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