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hey everyone, im trying to figure out what you guys think is best. i get my puppy on friday. she will be 10 weeks old. she has had her first vaccine, but until she gets her second vaccine what should i do? should i still walk her in the neighbourhood? should i keep her away from other dogs? she is already scheduled to get her 12 week shot on august 9th. if i should keep her away, for how long? i just want to make sure she stays healthy. thanks in advanced everyone.
 

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probably best to ask your vet for advice..

but mine did not go out in public untill they had all there shots..

having a dog come to visit who you know is up to date on all shots and in good health might be an ok idea !!
 

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You need to keep her away from anywhere that strange dogs may have been. Basically, this means she can go in your house and yard and you can take her to visit friends so long as you are sure that any dogs they have are fully vaccinated.

You can also carry your pup around to start socialising it, but don't put her down on the ground. And you can take her for car rides to get her used to them.

How long - this can vary according to the particular vaccination programme your vet uses but usually the quarantine period lasts until at least a week after the second vaccination. Your vet will tell you when you take her for her second jab.

It's a bit of a nightmare period - just been through it with my pup. They have so much energy and it's hard to give them enough exercise and stimulation while they are so restricted. But it has to be done and there is light at the end of the tunnel (eventually!).
 

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Vets tend to be conservative and say keep them way from other dogs, and the advice varies greatly as to when it is OK. On the other hand if you keep her in, you will miss out on many socialization opportunities. The decision I made is to be outside, go on walks but avoiding areas that were known to be highly trafficked by other dogs. I did lots of play dates with dogs that I knew had their vaccines up to date. The risk is not zero when you do this (especially for parvo), but I think it does reduce the risk, and the benefit of having a very socialized puppy (especially for breeds like dobermans), out weighs the risk for me.
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I would stay at home / friends home where you know everyone healthy and no wild life poop (raccoons and so on). I was paranoid and scared that she might get something, so cared her to all the stores I could think of, a lot of car rides and a lot of friends visiting :)
 

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Vets tend to be conservative and say keep them way from other dogs, and the advice varies greatly as to when it is OK. On the other hand if you keep her in, you will miss out on many socialization opportunities. The decision I made is to be outside, go on walks but avoiding areas that were known to be highly trafficked by other dogs. I did lots of play dates with dogs that I knew had their vaccines up to date. The risk is not zero when you do this (especially for parvo), but I think it does reduce the risk, and the benefit of having a very socialized puppy (especially for breeds like dobermans), out weighs the risk for me.
Jeffrey

This is how I handle things, as well.

Also, welcome to the forum, and your thread title gave me a bit of a scare, thought it was someone contemplating dumping their dog. Phew. :)
 

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I take my dog out everywhere I safely can the minute I get him/her. I think overall we see more problems arise from lack of socialization than dogs catching parvo, etc. That being said I do NOT go to dog parks, pet stores, high dog traffic areas. I may go to outside coffee shops hold puppy, put puppy in back pack, put blanket down, etc. Invite as many people as possible over. If Home Depot allows it, carry dog through store if small enough, etc.

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thanks guys. i really appreciate the input. it seems there are a fair amount of things i can do to socialize her, yet keep her healthy until she gets her 12 week shot. :D

oh man you guys are awesome. very informative answers, and in a very short period of time. every dobermaniac should be on here.

and sorry for the scare redfawn. :p
 
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