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Hello all

I've just finished reading another thread about puppy socialisation, and thought I would ask the learned here there opinions on what I'm planning for when Archie comes to live with us on the 3rd March.

He's booked into the vets for his first shots on the 5th March, so his second will be the 19th March (just past 8 and 10 weeks old).

Cases of animal infection of diseases is almost unheard of around my part of the village. There are isolated cases but very little.

I would quite like to get out & about with him as soon as possible. Is there any places I should definitely avoid taking him?

We already have a fair idea of places we want to take him before his second shot (like supermarket entrances, railway station, just busy places with lots of people really). I also have some friends with pooches who would be great pre-10 weeks for him to meet.

You obviously here things like your puppy should see as much as he can before he's about 3 months old, but is there definitely things I should avoid before his second shot?

Any help would be fantastic :)
 

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We've been taking walks around Petsmart (a large chain pet store here) where theres tons of new smells, new dogs, and lots of people. Lots of treats for taking it in stride! Do you have anything like that?
 

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I would not take an 8-10 week old Doberman pup to Petsmart! Too many dogs with who knows what kind of vaccination history traipse through those kind of stores. I consider that risky exposure for a younger puppy.

Honestly, I would just let an 8 week old puppy get used to my house, my yard, my family, and a few friends who might come over for the first two weeks. Then, I would take a slightly older pup out to a park (people park, NOT dog park) , around my neighborhood for a stroll, to a friend's yard that you know is safe. Make sure your pup is only allowed to play with dogs who you know are tolerant of pups.

I have not brought my puppies home until 12/13 weeks from my breeder and their socialization has been fine. I'd not risk a really young pup getting exposed to parvo or any other virus until he has had at least 2 sets of shots. Just my humble opinion, but I am paranoid about parvo!
 

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Just as a disclaimer I guess, we've had two sets of shots, and she's IN the basket, not licking the floor.. which I'm okay with. Parvovirus is not airborne- and thats the big one to worry about. To each their own :) I was told it was fine and great
 

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Although early socialization is very important. I would not take him to for sure a dog park or any place where a lot of dogs visit until he gets his core vaccines. Hopefully your breeder has started his socialization already.
 

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I control my pups socialization fully:
- first few months, tons of places & meeting people & kids...from day1 (2 months-4 months old)
(meeting another dog, infrequent...during this time period)
- @ 6 months old...trained with confidence, can meet any/other dog...with skills not to get bullied & 100% supervised
 

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Thanks for the replies :)

Yes, I believe she has been socialising the pups - mainly with humans, tho I suppose that's only to be expected. Her Doberman's are Malibray; I believe their quite well thought of in the UK.

As for pet type shops - we have Pets at Home over here, which we take our lab to. Not a problem giving that a miss for a while.

Also, there aren't any dog parks (as such) here, but plenty of park space to which people bring their dogs for a run.

I just thought; my initial question was probably a bit too open ended. I already have a plan of socialisation in mind, so if I give details of that, a few comments on it would be great. I know the thread's been done already, but I thought it good to start this one since we're waiting on getting our pup. Bearing in mind that week 1 in my description means week 1 of having Archie and he'll actually be 8 weeks old.

Week 1 - to the vets for shot 1. Habituisation to the house & the things in it. Socialisation with our lab. Introductions to as many visitors as I can get to come round to the house (without overwhelming him). Introductions to selected dogs who're good pups.

Week 2 - continue the above. Take him out to as many people places as I can whilst trying to minimise contact with unknown dogs (bearing in mind the local incidence of canine disease here is very low) like supermarket entrances, railway stations, the town high street etc.

Week 3 - to the vets for shot 2, and I believe that's him done with shots for a year. Begin taking him to doggy places (ie the park where I take the Lab - introductions to leashed dogs after speaking to their owner. I should mention, since I've been walking Molly for a while around these parts, I have a fair idea of the mentality of most dogs (and their owners) who I see out walking). Also continue points from 1 and 2.

Week 4 - Continue the above points but introducing him to more people, places and animals. I suppose now would be ideal to taking him to the likes of pet stores where he can be introduced to other animals ina controlled environment.


So...thoughts and comments?
 
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