Aki and Foyle have known each other since they were puppies but they haven't seen each other for quite a while so we finally got together today for a long overdue play date. As I was driving over to my friend's house I was thinking how ridiculous it was to arrange a play date for a dog....but then again it's really not. Socialization during the first year, especially the first 6 months, are so critical to a dog's behavior and it's my responsibility to help Foyle become a well rounded, friendly dog. So, we have a training plan and play dates are part of the plan.
One of Foyle's training goals is for him to get along with other dogs without getting into their face first- not in a bad way, he's not aggressive but I don't want him going right up into other dogs' faces right off the bat. So Aki is a good way for me to work on that behavior. After a long walk together so they can get to know each other again and get all their issues out we let them go in the backyard to play....and play...and play. A tired Newf is a less destructive Newf!