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Taking a puppy out before 2nd vaccinations

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Ethomas26, Jan 27, 2019.


  1. Ethomas26

    Ethomas26 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi
    I am sure this has been asked loads of time but I am getting mixed messages on this issue.

    I get my new puppy in two weeks. He will have had his first vaccinations and is due his second the second week he is home.

    However, can we take him out before the vaccinations?

    The breeder has advised to not use puppy pads but go straight to using outside. However we have a communal garden not a private one. The garden is not used by any other dogs and we will be with him the whole time but is it safe for him to go out there the first week to use the toilet?

    Any advice would be fab! Thanks
     
  2. JessandJackson_x

    JessandJackson_x PetForums Member

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    @Ethomas26 - congrats on the new pup - what breed?

    I wouldn't chance it but others may speak differently. If you are taking him out to pee in the garden, keep him on the lead.

    We have a shared garden but with no other dogs but 2 doors down the neighbour is a complete and utter slob. She throws sh*t out into the garden patch for the foxes and hedgehogs and the other woman actually fills a bowl up to fid the hedgehogs - with stuff like eggs and potatoes... however, your abode may sit differently but I don't trust a shared area - I know in one of the sheds a boy comes down to smoke weed so again there could be joints flicked somewhere no doubt... we put him on the long lead always and luckily, our neighbours to the right are old and don't use their garden so after he's toilette, I go round and let him off for a play in their garden.

    But back to your question vs the shared garden situation. No I wouldn't chance it. And if you do don't let him off. My friend's pup got hold of a slug the other day and sadly died in her sleep - they only found out on autopsy.

    Sorry if I have just oven-spilled and filled your head with nonsense. LOL Don't chance it basically. Others may see differently.
     
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  3. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    It's not something that would worry me if no other dogs used the garden. Totally agree with the breeder about ditching puppy pads, it only confuses pup. Take him outside on lead regularly from day 1 and lots of praise for toileting outside, ignore any accidents inside and he'll get it in no time. I'd rather my pup have good socialisation and toilet training than worry about the tiny tiny possibility of catching something.
     
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    Boxer123 PetForums VIP

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    I would if you are sure it's clean and not used as a walkway. It's a tricky one I know.
     
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    I would definitely take him out in the garden from day 1 and if it is a safe garden I would let him off the lead to play. I have no idea why people use puppy pads. Take the pup out every hour at the very least, every time he wakes up, has a meal, stops playing etc and you will soon have a house trained pup. You can also take him out in your arms to see the sights out of the garden and if you have a car and go somewhere where other dogs do not go you can let him down for a run. Also go to friends houses to meet vaccinated dogs.
     
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    PawsOnMe PetForums VIP

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    If the garden isn't used by any other dogs then yes I'd be taking him out there to toilet.
     
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  7. Ethomas26

    Ethomas26 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi. Thank you. We are getting a labradoodle! Very excited

    Thank you all for your responses. It is a clean garden and only used by one other house who have no dogs. It’s not a walkway and is clean and tidy. My breeder has advised that it a safe as well because he will only have his let L4 vacc to go !

    Will keep in mind all your advice. We are hoping to do away with puppy pads and train him to use outside straight away

    Thank you!
     
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    Hello and [​IMG] to PF

    There is no problem letting your puppy out in the garden, you need too as soon as you can for toilet training. As for walking be guided by your vet, they normally say about 2 weeks after the last jabs before letting them down on the ground. But you can take him out with you as long as you carry him, we took Dillon down the supermarket, I sat outside with him on my lap and he got lots of fuss which helps with socialising him, also I'd carry him up and down the road so he got use to the new sounds and the cars that he'll have to get use to.
     
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    Just to add to the above advice, the risks are mainly from unvaccinated dogs and rats so your garden sounds safe. However it is also a good idea to take him out to different places in a carrier, a sling or even your arms and build his experience of the world from a safe place - as long as he isn't on the ground he will be perfectly safe.
     
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  10. Ethomas26

    Ethomas26 PetForums Newbie

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    Brilliant. Thank you all for your advice! Feel much better about it now and will take it all on board
     
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    If you want any more pointers on toilet training just ask. There's also bucketloads of information in the puppy support sticky.
     
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