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Good luck and let us know how it goes.
So I keep Jess away from strange dogs but certainly let others stroke and pet her. Next doors dogs ( both fully up to date with jabs ) will also be encouraged to meet Jess and fingers crossed everything should go according to plan :)
 

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Sounds a GREAT plan!!! Good luck and yes as long as they are up to date all will be well.... Socialise socialise socialise definately!

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Funnily enough, this was one of the many threads I read with interest before we brought Willow home at 8 Weeks and 4 Days (already having had her first vaccinations)

Since then we have been out most days to somewhere, including walking up and down our road. My Sister-in-Law owns and runs a Pub so we go there a lot. It doesn't have a garden, just a courtyard so there's no concerns about the grass etc so Willow loves it! We've experienced all sorts of things... Dray lorries delivering, various (known) dogs, lots and lots of people, and noisy traffic (including lorries, buses, sirens, motorbikes and even helicopters!)

We've also been to meet my wife for lunch at a cafe in the high street twice which again has a courtyard. This is great as she gets to experience the noises and lots of people as well as how to behave in the situation where people are eating.

She doesn't mind the lead too much and we have been walking down the road and back (not actually that far) and even over on to the grass at the edge of the woods opposite when she's needed to relieve herself, although I'm going to wait a little longer before taking her through the woods as it is a high traffic area for doggies ad I don't know all of them.

We went to the vets today for our booster, and then to the other vets that we are actually going to use (they don't use the correct brand of vaccines) and had a good wander around. I don't think the first vet was too impressed when I let her walk into the surgery and the consulting room on the lead :wink: She loves being in the car and goes pretty much everywhere with me but doesn't seem too concerned if I leave her anywhere for a short while! I've exposed her to being left in the car for a couple of minutes (although the windows and boot were all open as it was so hot this week) as well as leaving her in places in the house and outside in the garden.

I put all of this down to the fact I read this thread and have socialised her from the first day she got home arranging play dates with known dogs and getting out and about straight away. Thank you very much to the OP! Without the advice here we could have had a completely different pup (at 10 weeks) to the one we have who just isn't phased by anything and loves being out and about! She just needs to learn that not everyone wants to play now!
 

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You have to remember, just a few short years ago there were no canine vaccinations, and believe me, there were no dogs dying in the streets. My first dog was out with me at 5 weeks old. In all my years I only remember one dog locally dying from distemper.

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There's so much differing opinion

Saffi had her last jabs today and the vet was adamant that she stay in for 2 wks as per the manufacturers factsheet. He said that it is now this way as there will have been issues about dogs going out after 1 week

Good grief Saffi has so much energy now the house and garden barely contains her
 

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We're getting our puppy 2moro from a breeder we have known for years! I text her today to make sure all was ok for 2moro, it is, however she said to me what are you going to do with her if I go to the local agriculture show next weekend, I said my plan was to carry her, she said then just leave collecting the pup until next Sunday as you have to leave it a full week after the 2nd vaccination before taking the pup anywhere... Now I wouldn't have thought of taking her until I read this post and realised it is ok as long as you are careful and aware! I thought the show would be a great opportunity for her development! Now I do want to respect the breeder wishes but I also want to do whats best for the pup Kx
 

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I know, the thing is they'll be there, I did say to her that either my mum would stay with her or we wouldn't go as I'm not showing my ponies this year, but what a shame for her to miss out on this learning experience... I would like her to know that I was not being ignorant in my decision to take her to the show but instead I was doing it in the best interest of the pup but we also have to be careful incase she turns round and says she'd prefer it if we didn't get a pup... :? Kx
 

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All I know is, I certainly would not have considered keeping my children at home until they were fifteen months old and completed their vaccines... so why do vets advise it for animals but doctors not for kids? I've been out and about with Byron since 36 hours after his 2nd Jab. Best thing I have done with him. He loves it, he loves people and loves other animals. OK, the rabbits at the pet shop was a pretty hair raising time, but they were at eye level!

The guy in the pet shop breeds, says he has never waited for jabs to start socialising. He said it's pointless as we live in the country side, foxes, badgers, rats, all sorts go through all the gardens quite freely. And his dogs have never had "childhood" illnesses as he put it!
 
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All I know is, I certainly would not have considered keeping my children at home until they were fifteen months old and completed their vaccines... so why do vets advise it for animals but doctors not for kids?
That's pretty much the way I think about it too. Life is full of risks, you can't avoid them all, but avoiding socialisation until very late comes with a price which can be paid all the dog's life...and that's one risk I'm not willing to take.
 

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Have to agree with the OP.

Barney has had one set of jabs seven days ago.

He is let in the garden (On a lead, as we have no fences here) and today I took him out in the car to meet daddy at work, where there is a pup with very dubious innoculation status.

No, I did not put Barney on the floor, too far out in the wilds (Fox poo!!) for that, but they said hello.

I have my cousin coming over at the weekend with her fully innoculated female Lab, and three children (Who frankly could have anything on their hands)

Puppies need socialising as soon as possible. poor things won't know if they're coming or going when, at twelve - fourteen weeks There are suddenly dogs and people all over them!

Poor pups :(
 

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Ginger1880.... OK, now... huge grin.... I will play devils advocate just for a second and say that WHILST I'm all for getting pups out and about a bit to further their socialisation before they have completed their jabs, I would probably actually agree its too much risk for a small puppy to go to a country fair at that stage.... just one too many 'unknowns' around you, and totally agree i'm certain your puppy would come to no harm (although you would get bloomin' tired carrying her all day with just the odd scamper) its probably best not to....

Taking them places where only a few dogs go, or round firleds and family. Walking them in the high street letting them meet a few people etc etc is great. Truely fab. But maybe a agricultural show might be pushing the 'sensible' boundary for the sheer amount of dogs and livestock she would meet. Chances are it would be ALLLL good. But that, as I say, just might be a slightly chance too far....

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Thanks!

As a new (inexperienced) puppy owner I have been following my vets advice without knowing any different.
We got our puppy at 10 weeks, last week, and took him for his 1st jab....to then be told "keep him indoors and away from any other dogs" until a week after his 2nd jab!!
This 1st week has seemed like a lifetime already and im sure that 'Hutch' is bored aswell.

After looking around on the T'interweb and on here I've decided that me and Hutch are gonna go out for a mingle later on :)

Thanks for the advice

p.s if he catches anything I promise I wont sue ;)
 

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Well after reading 14 pages of views think I might take my new 8 week old puppy out for a careful walk she was born on the 21st of August and had her first vaccination on the 2nd of October by her breeder been to the vets today and she said she cannot have her second injection for another 2 weeks.we should be ok, right?
 

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Yes but choose your spot carefully. Somewhere where not many dogs go. :) I took Otis on the school pick up etc. if its the first time on the lead don't expect to get very far anyway! :wink: :lol:
 

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I’d just like to add a thank you.

This thread as open my eyes to a long commonly accepted misconception, old wives tail to could say.

Reading this has given me the confidence and a wider perspective on what’s best in the long term for our 10 week old pup. Both my parent own well behaved fully inoculated dogs, looks like a great opportunity to start socialising now.

Again Thank You.
 

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I agree, while there real young it is good to get them use to certain things. Great post.x
 

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Bumping this as relevent to a couple of threads.

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