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Post by jason_g7 on Sat Jun 10 2017, 05:46

I'm just wondering what everyone's thought are on this subject. I thought that to be safe you were supposed to keep your puppy contained either in your own yard or inside your house to prevent them catching diseases however the other day when I was at the vet with doug for a check up the vet said that the benefits of socialising him as much as possible far outweigh the risks. She didn't say to drop him in the deep end but said to bring him out for short walks, visit the beach, puppy schools and interact with as much things as possible so he accepts them and won't be nervous when he comes across them later in life.
I'm interested to hear what everyone's thoughts and experience are here


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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by jason_g7 on Sat Jun 10 2017, 05:49

Oh I should add he's 8 weeks old and has already had two of his vaccines so he's not completely unprotected. Although the vet said she felt the need to give him the second vaccine again at 10 weeks because he was given it to early by the previous vet

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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by Goblin on Sat Jun 10 2017, 11:38

I thought they were supposed to be contained too. Maybe you live in a low-risk area?

Living in London, I have the added issue of foxes passing on all sorts, so I was maybe over-cautious with other dogs when he was tiny. He met heaps of different people and was on all sorts of public transport from an early age and that seemed to do him right.

Do you know any people with very laid-back, healthy and vaccinated dogs?
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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by jason_g7 on Sat Jun 10 2017, 12:27

I'm in Brisbane, she said it's not that bad here but it is worse in places more rural.

I actually have a good friend who has a small dog, a mixed breed jack Russell or something like that. He's VERY chilled out but he's old and has no time for puppies so it would expose doug to another dog but I'm not sure how helpful he'd be.

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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by gillybrent on Sat Jun 10 2017, 17:32

I would, personally, only socialise him with other vaccinated dogs & even then, only with calm, friendly dogs.

To get him used to the great outdoors I'd carry him around & let him see cars, people etc from the safety of your arms!

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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by Nifty staffy on Sat Jun 10 2017, 22:09

As most of you know, my 8 week old pup has just arrived home today Big Grin
I have decided to wait until at least the 2nd set of vaccinations before letting her come in contact with the big outdoors. There is nothing preventing me showing her alot here or from my arms, but health problems just aren't worth the risk against a little patience.

Now I must specify that the breeder has done a huge amount of work to "educate" the pups and to let them experience lots of different things so I know I have a huge headstart in that respect.
I believe that it also depends on the temperament of your pup. Maybe a shier pup would benefit from a maximum of exposure.

Good luck with whatever you decide. Smile
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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by jason_g7 on Sat Jun 10 2017, 23:43

I might hit up my friend with her older dog today, I know they don't like puppies around because they are just too energetic and playful for their dog but I might call in a favour!. I have thought of carrying him around with me which would definitely familiarise him with sounds/smells.

Congratulations on your new addition nifty!! Yes he already has had a second vaccine which is the only reason I'm considering it at this stage. Do you mean that you won't bring out your puppy outside in your arms until after the second vaccine or let him/her on the ground? Excellent work by the breeder too, they deserve lots of credit for that work. Doug is pretty shy and he is nervous of new things/places, new people he's fine with so far because he must pick up on their enthusiasm for seeing a little puppy, so I am pretty keen to get him exposed to as much as possible so when he's older it's a case of been there, done that.

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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by Nifty staffy on Sun Jun 11 2017, 08:19

It's good that yours is good with new people.
Mine had only been touched by someone else, than the 5 key humans from birth, yesterday when I went to fetch her. I guess breeders all have their personal views about things but mine wouldn't let anyone touch them until weaning/departure to new homes.

In my case the pre vaccines were done at 7 weeks.
Until at least the next set of vaccines, she's on the ground at home but will not be put on the ground elsewhere. I can take her places (to car travel, but not a problem as she slept during the whole trip yesterday) but she'll be in my arms. I was also interested in puppy school but as they are accepted until 6 months old, any non-categorized breed, I find her a little small compared to some of the other pups.
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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by jason_g7 on Sun Jun 11 2017, 08:44

Yeah he never seems shy with anyone so far, i think it's because he gets positive attention from them since he's a puppy. He even seems pretty enthusiastic when he sees other dogs, he'll be in my arms and the second he sees them he cocks his ears and head and starts wagging his tail so it's all positive so far.

That would be the same as Doug, I got him from the rspca so they gave him his first two vaccines around 7 weeks. I see why you mean there, a 6 month old puppy can be pretty big depending on the breed. I'm booking him into a puppy school on the 25th of this month so he'll be 11wks old then and they told me their cut off is 16 wks so he should fit right in.

I took him for a small walk around the neighbourhood today, the poor guy was terrified at first for about fifteen minutes but after some reassurance and some time it was as if we were in our back garden. I'm going to bring him to the beach tomorrow and see how he likes that

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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by I❤dogs on Mon Jun 12 2017, 16:09

I let Rebel in my garden & carried him while walking my older dog. I think it helped him get used to sights, sounds & smells
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Re: Puppy socialisation pre vaccine

Post by Jnestie84 on Tue Jun 13 2017, 08:27

As I was so concerned about starting the socialisation as soon as possible we took Gus to play at our friends houses who's dogs were fully vaccinated. I couldn't wait to start walking Gus and often thought I would just take a risk but it really isn't worth it.
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