Just back now, she had a wonderful time! She seemed to have gotten a bit of all the socialisation ye recommended, traffic, kids, dogs, ducks! Just thought I should say that its not some secluded wood, its the local 'dog walking spot'. More or less like a park! Its a roadway with trees either side and a lake about 5 minute walk in. Not the 30 minute walk as I remember it being - well it probably was the last time I was there as I was only a child at the time! So I didn't over do it with her thankfully. She did more sniffing at socialising than actual walking!
She met well over 20 dogs I would think, not even a flinch out of her. I was expecting her to cower a bit when 5 large size dogs came up at the same time, but she had loads of fun playing with them. Only one small incident with an overly hyper springer but she just rolled onto her back and he went away, didn't stop her trying to follow though! She met loads of kids, really seems to love the 5-10 age group but got on just as well with the little toddlers and older teens
I really do know about the exercise limit that's required as I am studying veterinary nursing, but this walk isn't a daily thing and isn't going to be. I'll probably only bring her there once a week as that's all I have time to do - its a bit of a drive away! Normally her exercise consists of a good 10 minute ball game and a good chase of my cats around the garden!
I'm so glad I brought her out, the socialisation seems to be going great. Bit nervy of buggies but once they stopped up beside her and she had a sniff she was okay.
She was very good in the car park around all the cars too, stuck to my side when they drove past so at least she isn't a chaser!
I'm just absolutely delighted with how the day went, my last experience of having a pup was when I was 4 years old, and she was always very nervy of other people and dogs no matter how much socialisation she was given, so it was lovely to be able to start afresh with a new pup and new, better experiences.
I was so glad that people were happy to allow the pup to play with their dogs and kids, I just had such a lovely experience (as did she I'm sure!) and am looking forward to it again in the future
Attached is a picture of her listening to the ducks quacking in the lake