Am just starting to do some training practice with Honey for life in Taipei so last weekend, I took her into downtown Auckland to walk through the crowds (especially near the Asian people, who squeal and flinch away when they see her! ), past skate-boarders and loud traffic, etc. We had done a lot of this kind of socialisation when she was a puppy so she is very good and generally totally unfazed by noises and strange people.
We also did some “cafe practice”, 'coz that’s something we don’t normally do - she coped pretty well with that. In fact, she now thinks cafes are wonderful places where she gets to eat yummy human food! (I got her a cupcake each time as a treat) . All those months of training Out-Of-Sight Sit Stays and Down Stays really paid off when I had to leave her by the tables and go into the cafe to order!! I also practised leaving her in a Sit Stay outside a shop while I went inside to buy something - and she was very good, although she caused a bloody commotion with everyone walking past and pointing!
Just wondered if you had any other ideas for things I can socialise/expose her to, to help her adapt to life in Taipei? Keeping in mind that we’ll be living bang in the middle of the city…
At this stage, the hardest thing I think is getting her used to Chinese people’s reactions 'coz they behave in EXACTLY the way you’re NOT supposed to behave with dogs,. ie staring at them, twitching and flinching, emitting strange, high pitched noises, moving oddly…guaranteed to make dogs even more interested in you and in some cases, feel threatened by you!