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Socialising the pup before the second jag

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Marta1899, Apr 22, 2019.


  1. Marta1899

    Marta1899 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey all.
    Few days ago I got an 8 week old Golden Retriever. She’s had her first vaccination before I got her, still need to wait a little bit before giving her he second one though.

    We have had dogs before and our last one wasn’t allowed out until almost 12 weeks old because we were told we have to wait at least 10 days to two weeks after her second jag. We tried to socialise her by inviting different people to our house and all that but she still ended up being quite fearful growing up and aggressive at times. Wasn’t too keen on other dogs or kids either. Which leads me to the main point of my post...

    I’ve read quite a bit on socialising puppies before the second vaccination, pros and cons of it and all that but of course, spoke with the vet as well. The vet pretty much agreed with what I’ve read on the internet and recommended taking her everywhere we can with us but not to put her on the ground - either carry her or drive about in a car, so she gets used to smells, different people and noises. She said there is a slight risk to that but it’s worth taking it to ensure we’ll have a confident, non aggressive (that’s the main thing) dog. So that’s what we’re doing. I went to a café yesterday and had her with me (carried her about and let her sit on the sofa next to me) and bumped into a guy who was outraged I took the puppy outside, called me irresponsible and said I shouldn’t be allowed to have pets. I tried to explain to him what the vet said and all that bu he just wouldn’t listen, telling me how terrible I am.

    What is your guys’ opinion on socialising pups and taking them out (carrying them or driving around in a car, not going to the dog park or let them walk anywhere in public)?

    I know it probably depends on the area too - there was no major outbrakes of Parvo or anything like that in our area recently.

    Thank you :)
     
  2. JoanneF

    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    You and your vet are right. Ignore what the man said, you are definitely doing the right thing.
     
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    Marta1899 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you. :) Considering going to a different vet to get a second opinion but thought I’ll see what other dog owners think too.
     
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    Definitely ok to do what you are doing. I would point out though that not socialising a young puppy till it is 12 weeks is not going to cause it to be aggressive. Your last dog must have had a dodgy temperament. I have seldom taken dogs out till after their second injection and my farm dogs have not been socialised at all yet none have been aggressive and have been quite happy to go out and about when necessary.
     
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    Marta1899 PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you for your response, I really appreciate it. :) I probably should’ve mentioned my previous dog was a Shar Pei, not a Golden Retriever. They tend to be quite vary of strangers/other pets if not socialised from a very early age/in a proper way. I know Goldens have a different temperament but after dealing with the previous pup (who we loved dearly, despite her feisty character) we just want to do everything we can to make sure this little lady will be a well socialised, friendly doggo in future.
     
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    Just be careful GRs are gregarious characters and want to say hello to everyone and every dog and most things. If this is practiced; as this isn't really what socialisation is about you'll have a fairly large dog very soon wanting to bound up to all and sundry. It will not be an enjoyable walk for you being pulled all over, because this is what we do and for many dogs and owners it's not something they want either.

    You should be aiming for a dog neutral dog, whose happy in her company with you.
     
  7. Linda Weasel

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    Socialisation isn’t all about meet and greet.

    It’s more about seeing and experiencing things; the cafe/pub visit, doggy shopping, cars and bikes, noisy children, just anything and everything you can think of that you’d like your grown up dog to be able to deal with.

    It also teaches your pup how to experience low-level stressful situations without over reacting. By that, I’m not saying expose your pup to stress, but allow him to learn that new things, that he might initially be fearful of, can be overcome as small challenges. Hope that makes sense.
     
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