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Socialisation vs pre-vax safety

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Gemgem2211, Jan 14, 2022.


  1. Gemgem2211

    Gemgem2211 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all

    I am picking our new puppy up next week and at the moment I’m a bit stuck between two schools of thought.

    One says keep the puppy At home and in the garden until all vaccinations are complete. I rang the vets and this was their advice and that disease can be lurking anywhere.

    The second school of thought- including the puppy book I’m reading, says the risk of limited socialisation in that early period is a far greater risk than any risk of contracting illness from being unvax, and to take the puppy out (carried off the floor) to see and hear as many experiences and types of people as possible before the socialisation window shuts.

    What are people’s thoughts? I want to do the right thing by puppy on both counts.
    G
     
  2. niamh123

    niamh123 PetForums VIP

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    I have always taken my puppies out and about before their Vacc's are complete but always kept them off the [email protected] is a great place to take young puppies :)
     
  3. Magyarmum

    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    I've always taken my puppies out with me carrying them to keep them off the ground. One of mine was so small though I was able to pop her in my handbag. It's also a good idea to start to train them to walk on a leash which you can do in your garden.
     
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    golfchick PetForums Senior

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    Last two puppies I have done exactly as others have said and taken them out but carried everywhere. Quite a challenge with a ridgeback puppy, they soon get heavy! Will be doing the same in April/May but this time will find some sort of sling to make it easier.
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    I bought a dog pushchair for my injured dog - it would be absolutely ideal for socialising a puppy.

    I might keep it and rent it our to new puppy owners!
     
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    Magyarmum PetForums VIP

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    I could have done with one when I had my Pei puppies. Apart from weighing nearly 7 kgs at 9 weeks old because they have very loose skin they're almost impossible to hold for very long as it's rather like trying to cling onto a slippery fish:rolleyes:
     
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    Happy Paws2 PetForums VIP

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    We always carried our puppies nearly everywhere we went, outside shops one would stay outside while the other did the shopping.

    This helps them get used to the sights and sound of the outside world ready for when they can go down on the ground and walk.
     
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    Blitz PetForums VIP

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    They cant catch anything if you carry them. I used to live somewhere completely parvo and distemper free so I did not bother. At one time the protocol was second vaccine at 18 weeks and even the vets suggested taking pups out before then.
     
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    Mine went out from day 1
     
  10. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Take 'em out!!!
    The risks really are quite low, but carrying pup, either in your arms, a little bag, or a pram will get them out experiencing the world without touching it. Remember it's quality over quantity. Rather than letting every person cuddle your pup, just let them watch the people and only let people who are going to 100% give your pup a good experience touch and cuddle them. Watch puppy's body language and make sure you don't overdo it, but at the same time get them out to see different places and things (dogs, people, livestock, children, building sites, busy places, quiet places etc.)
     
  11. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    Carry them about, let them see the world from the safety of your arms and it won't come as much of a shock when they get to walk on the ground.
    They can also meet friendly fully vaccinated dogs in their or your home.
     
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