|Barked: Wed Dec 12, '12 11:14pm PST |
|Well that's a debate in and of itself. Some people don't feel safe taking their puppy anywhere until it has finished puppy shots at 16 weeks. I personally feel that losing that critical period of socialization is a bad idea.
I took my puppy out the day I picked him up from the breeder at eight weeks with one vaccination, but I was in an area with low parvo/distemper risk, and I only had him on the ground in places I felt it was safe to do so. I wouldn't take a puppy that wasn't fully vaccinated to a place like PetSmart, the dog park, or any other area where lots of dogs have been. Or at least if she takes him places like that, advise her to carry him. I drove out to Los Angeles to get Onyx his 2nd and 3rd vaccinations, so we walked around Hollywood afterward for socialization with crowds, loud noises, strangely dressed people, ect., but I never set him on the ground.
It's really a bit of a balancing act between socialization and keeping them safe. Yes, taking a puppy out before 16 weeks always poses some risk, but if you're smart about it the risk can be minimal, and to me the benefit of having a really well socialized dog is worth it.
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