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Puppy Early Socialisation


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Hi, 

 

I’m just wondering whether anyone has taken their puppy out in a public park prior to their third vaccinations? 
 

My puppy has had his first vaccination and is due to have his second vaccination on 30 September. I was thinking of socialising my pup early by taking him on a picnic with another pup who is currently 11 weeks who has had their second vaccination last week. 
 

Is this okay, provided both pups are on the rug on a tight leash and do not touch the ground? 
 

 

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as long as you realise there is a risk, small may it be. I'm a firm believer in getting pups out and about early and am prepared to take that risk. Mind you, even going out to my front yard with a pup is risky as all manner of dogs trot past and I have no idea what they may be carrying.

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Good for you for checking that with your vet.   I would be making sure that the area is not one that's used by large numbers of dogs, but I have certainly done that sort of thing with pups.  Socialisation is not just meeting other pups .. the more important things in some ways are seeing and hearing the big wide world.

 

And you do know that photos of said puppy are really important .. DOLers love their puppy fixes..:laugh:

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Going to a park, kept on a tight leash on a blanket isn’t much fun for a lively puppy.  What about taking a puppy pen so they can at least play with each other.  I am not advocating letting them run around the park, on the contrary.  But you want them to have a good experience.  They don’t know you are trying to keep them safe.  All they know is that their owners are tense and keeping them from behaving naturally.  

 

Have fun.

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