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While waiting for innoculations to kick in...

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Jennifer Peffer, Jun 10, 2017.


  1. Jennifer Peffer

    Jennifer Peffer PetForums Junior

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    Hi.

    Our puppy is now just over 10 weeks old. We got him last Sunday. We took him to the vets Tuesday to have his first innoculation and he has his second in 10 days. I looked at my puppy pack from the vets and it said to start socialisation as soon as you get your puppy. I just don't get how to do this since he can't go on the floor? I have just taken him for a walk, carrying him, but halfway he wanted a wee!! What are you supposed to do in that situation?

    Think I am just worried that there is a small window for socialisation and for most of it, be can't touch the ground!
    We are going to try and go to a puppy party Tuesday but are local vets is closed for refurb so they are holding it quite far away (and around school pick up time which is a pain!)
    Just looking for ideas on how to socialise him and what to do when he needs a wee when we are out?
    Also could I take him to a dog show if I hold him?

    Sorry if this is sounds daft. He is my first dog!
     
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  2. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    You did the right thing taking him out.

    The best way to socialise a pup before he can go on the ground is to carry him so he can become accustomed to such things as traffic, strangers and other dogs.

    How do you know he wanted to wee whilst you were carrying him?
     
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  3. Jennifer Peffer

    Jennifer Peffer PetForums Junior

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    Hi. He has a little tell tale Sign. He whines and paddles his feet. The breeder told us when we picked him up that she noticed he did it and he does. He always does it and so far, he hasn't had many accidents at all, but that's because we see him do that .
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    I took my last puppy out and about including on the ground from day one. You don't get very far or fast with a puppy on the ground, and if you are sensible (keep them away from loose dogs, dog faeces etc) the risk is minimal.

    Trolleys are good.

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  5. Jennifer Peffer

    Jennifer Peffer PetForums Junior

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    Wow he is adorable! I don't mind carrying my puppy as he is tiny but I have been told so many times not to put him on the floor but I am not keen on him weeing all over me
     
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    labradrk PetForums VIP

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    To be honest there is conflicting advice all over the internet.

    Generally speaking the risk of gentle exposure trumps the very small risk of the puppy contracting anything nasty. You just need to be sensible. In that picture with my [then] puppy in the trolley, she was out on the floor briefly, I think it was a garden centre. I imagine the risk in such a place is minimal. Obviously you would not take a non fully vaccinated puppy to a place were you have loose dogs and dog mess on the ground.
     
  7. Jennifer Peffer

    Jennifer Peffer PetForums Junior

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    Thats what i thought. We actually went and found a large bit of grass and popped him right in the middle to have a wee. The field across from us have a dog show tomorrow and I assume I am ok to carry him round it so he can see other dogs but obviously I can pop him back home if he needs the loo this time!
     
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    Carry with you as much as you can, if he needs a wee put down him then pick him straight up afterwards. We were carrying Dillon around for 4 weeks all together.
     
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    My pups are out from day 1 home with me - down on the ground in areas I ''trust'' and carried in ''higher risk'' areas. The benefits of early socialisation by far outweigh those of any possible risk of infection, IMO.
     
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    I have to admit that I have never carried a puppy around, they have often never seen traffic or a lot of people till they are older and they happen to need to. Yet I have never had a problem with a nervous dog through lack of socialisation. I have taken dogs on holiday that have rarely ever been off the farm, that have never been in a town and they just accept whatever they see. We do get a lot of visitors coming in and out of the house so the dogs are meeting people here but not elsewhere. They meet friend's dogs sometimes if they visit but do not go where there are other dogs. Now we have the holiday home they are out and about a lot and nothing fazes them. We were sitting at a cafe right by a busy road through a town with people constantly walking by and they were not in the least bit bothered.
     
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  11. Sharonloumac

    Sharonloumac PetForums Member

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    Just reading all of the above advice which is really helpful.i pick up my little pup on friday and was wondering about the socialising between the innoculations. i thought id have to carry him everywhere but now will carefully let him down briefly in safe places
    Thanks!
     
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  12. Jennifer Peffer

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    Also would recommend taking water with you!! Mine little pup got a bit stressed and needed a drink! He has just been to a dog show and seen loads of dogs and he loved it. He can't wait to get down!
     
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    Take a couple of carrier bags and some newspaper. If he needs to wee, spread the newspaper on the floor, put him on it and let him wee. Then put 'used newspaper in one of the carrier bags and bin it.
     
  14. DaisyBluebell

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    Get a puppy sling (Amazon) it was a bit of advice that I got & I'm so glad I got it. Puppies get very heavy when your carrying them. They can sed hear & smell frim a vantage point.
    There is a very good Pupoy Support Thread on here for all of us with new little ones, lits of good advice from knowledgeable owners on there.
     
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