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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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Hi there,

I am a very strong advocate for early socialisation! It makes such a big difference to puppies development. The benefits of early socialisation far outweigh the risk of disease. If you live in an area with Parvo cases then go to an area that is cleaner.  And importantly socialisation does not mean getting to know other canines...its about getting to know the world and other people.

 

I start socialising my pups from 4 weeks of age in other peoples homes who do not own dogs. I start them in the community at this time also by having them in the back of my car and flipping the boot where we all hang watching traffic and collecting tickles from kind people. I will also have one under my arm at the cafe ordering coffee etc and they hear the noise of people chatting and the coffee machine hissing. From six weeks they hit the ground with a collar and leash and I take them on a little loop in my community. We do this rain hail or shine every day until they leave for their new homes. I never take them to dog parks and we stick to the pavement. These pups are accustomed to traffic noise, buses and trucks, people of all shapes and sizes, travelling in my car, being crated in my car and being alone for short periods. 

 

You can also do a lot of socialisation at home in your yard using bikes, trolleys, umbrellas, basically let your puppy be around everything you can and importantly, concentrate when you are doing this - you need to be mindful what your purpose is which is to be with the puppy when they are experiencing something novel to them. You support them by being calm and friendly to them and ensuring that people and other animals interact appropriately with them. 

 

Puppy owners please don't forgo exposing your infant pup to the world, take them eveywhere you can as soon as you get them.

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