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My almost 16 week old puppy has not received all of his puppy shots yet. I believe he still has one more round of Parvo boosters before he's complete, but he has had his rabies shot. Because the vets have told me that parvo has been running rampant in our town, I haven't risked taking him on walks around the neighborhood and most of his exercise comes from running around in the yard with me when I'm home from work and socialization with his weekly puppy class.

To keep him from getting bored, I wanted to try something different. What do y'all think of this obstacle course for the backyard? (See attached picture please!) I know that I've read that puppies aren't supposed to jump, so I'll forgo the "high jump" (which, after reading the description, isn't really all that high and can be adjusted to a lower height) but wanted to know if trying out the run through tube and those weaving poles would be a good idea? It comes with an instructional book, and I was planning on ordering a beginner's agility book as well, just to learn the basics of how to get him to go through the obstacles without being frightened.

Good idea? Bad idea? I want to keep him active and thinking! And the weather is finally starting to warm up a bit here in Texas! (for now anyway..things never tend to last long!)

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I wouldn't do much besides the tube personally. You don't want to do jumps or weaves, that will be hard on his joints. You can tire him out much more efficiently with obedience, and physical exercise games like chase.

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Absolutely do NOT weave with a puppy! No no no. Dogs should NOT do weave poles until their growth plates are closed. Jumping is also a no with a growing pup...you can do serious damage to growth plates. Please don't.

Look into playing some scentwork games with him instead - that will actually tire him out more. Mental activity is FAR more tiring to dogs than agility - I know, because I do both with my dogs. Look for some youtube videos or see if you can find a beginning class on nosework. Or, there might be an online class available - you can check places like the Fenzi online academy - the "bronze" level classes are really budget friendly. Getting started is very easy and it's so fun for the dogs.

You should be getting out and about with your pup - obviously if parvo is a risk avoid dog areas, but can you take him non-dog places so he's not missing out on socialization? Maybe trips to Lowe's or other places where you can put him in a cart and let him experience the world? Playdates with fully vaccinated dogs at their homes? Time to get creative!
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This is why I ask before doing things. Ok, I understand! No jumping or weaving. Thank you! I definitely don't want to do anything to hurt my puppy.

He has been out. We go on car rides often so he can see and smells that are beyond our house, plus experience being in a car. We've gone through fast food drive throughs, car washes, and visited family members who don't have pets. People come to my house as well, so he's seen other people. I've been told not to bring him around other dogs, even if they're fully vaccinated, because you never know what may be on their paws that might've been trailed into the house. For me, I figured it's better safe than sorry when it comes to his health. He'll be fully vaccinated next Friday.

I've thought about taking him to Lowes, but have been wary of potty accidents. And I don't know what other dogs have been there, since they are a dog friendly place. If I do bring him, do y'all think having him walk would be better, or should I have him in a cart?

Thank you for the online recommendation, @MeadowCat ! I'll definitely look up nosework stuff. I've practiced hiding his treats underneath boxes for him to find, but haven't done that as often as I probably should.
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If you take him to Lowes, you can bring a blanket or towel and put him right in the cart. I wouldn't let him walk around, since they are dog friendly.

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