Golden Retriever Puppy Socialization

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We do a lot with our guide dog puppies in training including working on good house manners and puppy socialization.  Today’s video is a great demonstration on both socializing your puppy with other pets in your house, in this case a cat, as well as working on teaching your puppy good house manners.

In the past we’ve enjoyed showing pictures and clips of puppies vs cats, cat vs dog, and puppy vs kitty, but it’s been a while since our last funny or entertaining piece of media…until today.  Yep, that’s right today we wanted to bring a little bit of joy into your life with a great YouTube video that’s been floating around the internet for almost five years and has received over eleven million views!  Chances are you, yourself have already seen it, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy seeing it once again.

Golden Retriever Puppies vs Cat

Check out these eleven Golden Retriever puppies investigating the family cat.

I like how the puppies back off when the cat meows.  Also, another oh too cute moment is when the little Golden backs away from the cat stepping on top of his sibling lying on the floor…too cute!

Puppy Socialization

There is a lesson to be learned from this adorable video.  One of the things we always try to do with our guide dog puppies in training is socialize them with different animals and a very important animal our pups should always get used to are cats.  Could you imagine if the moment a fully trained, working guide dog saw a cat he had the impulse to chase it?  That is unacceptable behavior for a guide dog (and probably for most pet dogs as well).

Unfortunately, we don’t have any cats to help train our guide dog puppies in training.  However, my parents have a very docile cat that is perfect for working with our dogs.  We make sure our puppies in training visit my parents cat and work on socialization and acceptable behavior around other animals.  The cat in the video would be a perfect candidate for working with guide dog puppy socialization.

Socialization is one of the most important parts of puppy training for not only guide dog puppies, but for regular pet dogs and pups as well.  Make sure that you have a puppy socialization plan in place before brining home your next puppy.

What do you do to work on socializing your puppy or dog?  We’d love to hear your thoughts and puppy socialization techniques you use when training your puppy.

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6 Comments

  1. @emi Ninja might play okay with Linus or Stetson. Maybe if I leave one of them with you for a week he will learn to play with dogs.

  2. @Rissa, yep just like when Lulu cornered Georgie in the yard…except this time the roles are reversed. The puppies are cornering the kitty. Although it looks like the kitty has the upper hand in the video.

  3. I love that video. Our dog Ralphie tries to play with our cat Ninja but Ninja doesn’t know how to play with a dog, but seems to trust Ralphie because he’s always on his lying on his back when Ralphie is jumping around him. If Ninja was around a dog when he was a kitten he would know, as an adult cat, how to play with our Ralphie.

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