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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2005, 02:35 AM Thread Starter
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I just thought of another question...

She's only about 10 weeks old...would it be okay to walk her around my neighborhood and put a collar on her?

I just want to take extra precautions because she is still a bit young. Or, should I just wait until I have her vet checked before I do this?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-19-2005, 11:20 AM
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Do you have a brand new toy breed puppy? I would be very careful not to stress her out. If you just brought her home, go very slow. I think a walk around the block would be too overwhelming right now. She just left everything familiar to her and her mom and her littermates. Wait until after your vet visit. You can still put a collar on her and get her used to that and walking her around your yard should be fine.

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until your dog has been to the vet and received shots and then waited for the shots to take effect, no. you want to keep her out of any areas where other dogs could have been. dogs can get parvo if they aren't ready to go out. also, what kind of puppy is it? if it's a smaller breed, i would recommend a harness (not a collar) for walking as their tracheas are very delicate.

but overall, wait until after the vet says it's ok.

but you can take her around your yard. that would be fine as long as it's fenced in and no other dogs have access to it.


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Many vets would like you to wait until your puppy has completed 16 weeks of a vacc. series before going out where other puppies are. That I agree with to a certain extent. It depends on how common parvo is in your area. I never waited to socialize my puppies that long. I think you miss an important opportunity to socialize if you wait until the puppy is 4 months old. I raised a dobie puppy and I had to weigh the pros with the cons. We went to puppy class when he was 10 weeks old, after he had already completed his first set of shots.

I think more importantly here is a new puppy in a new home and you want to go easy on her for a week or two. Did I miss pics?

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I think you miss an important opportunity to socialize if you wait until the puppy is 4 months old.
i agree!! but you want to socialize the puppy with dogs that you know and that you know are not sick with anything. i wouldn't bring the puppy to, say, a dog park or something (or the neighborhood). but if you know other people with healthy dogs, then that should be fine.

i entered penny in her puppy classes at about 4 months old (btw).


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Puppies in Finland do not receive their first shots until they are 4 months old. The general rule here is that it's okay to walk your puppy, but stay away from places where there are a lot of dogs.

As far as socialisation goes, I feel it's good to start with people first and then when the puppy as had all their shorts, start with dogs. Of course, this depends on the breed as well (as CTChin/Brenda mentioned about her doberman). But in general, it's a good rule to follow. I find that all the puppies I've raised haven't even really been that INTERESTED in other dogs until they were around 4 months of age.

If you have a small breed puppy, it's important to remember they get tired very easily. So, walk her some but then pick her up and carry her around. She can still get some socialisation from you carrying her and it's much safer.

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