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Our Pup had his 2nd jab last Tuesday but I've heard some are only on their 1st when they go to these parties. Booked on one tonight.

That all they tell you is about flee and worm control which we've already been told by the Vet when he went for his 1st jabs

Also, I've heard that it's not good for the hips and elbows if a Pup romps with other dogs. Which I could see happening.

Although the vet said 7 days after the 2nd he could go out and meet vacinnated dogs and 10 days to go anywhere, we let him in the front garden for the 1st time yesterday (5 days after 2nd jab) and he met the vacinnated dog next door - both got very excited

We want to socialise him with other dogs but are Puppy parties a good idea. What does anyone think?

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Absolutely 100% good idea!

The vet nurse might not tell you anything you don't already know.... but for the pup at that age to get half an hour or so of new pups, new sights, smells, sounds and something POSITIVE happening at the vets when so often throughout his life he'll be going in to get thermometers stuck up his bum, needles in his neck, is IMO absoultely invaluable.

The puppy parties aren't a free for all. At my vets they enclose off a smallish section of the big room they're held in and have maybe 6 pups max. They put out some toys and a wee tunnel for the pups to explore and run through. People with mega, bold, brash pups (like mine was :oops:) hold on to their pups while the shy ones get the chance to check everything out and find their feet first. Then they have a little play, everyone coos over each other's puppies and has a wee hold (which helps pup get used to being held and ears/teeth etc examined by new people.... which he'll need to get used to for going to the vets throughout his life too).

I'm totally in favour of puppy parties, the ones my vet ran were great.
 

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The one we went to was half an hour of pandemonium but the pups really enjoyed it. We also got a doggy bag with a really good toy in it and various treats etc and got to have a nosey round the hospital. I wouldn't say he learnt anything but he had fun!
 
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In your situation where you haven't another dog at home, I would grab any opportunity with BOTH hands to socialise my pup with other dogs. Far too many pups are kept away from other dogs for fear of Germs, Getting over excited, Playing too rough, etc, etc, etc when in reality all these things and more are vital to making a pup into a well rounded adult.

The pups and owners will be supervised, so I really can't see any reason why not to go to a puppy party, as it'll be good for both the up and you. :D
 

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Charlie Brown loved his puppies parties and I have stayed in contact with one lady so we go on dog walks together!
 

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Went last night. Got a puppy pack including supplies of Frontline which was a bonus as it usually costs £30!!

Apart from the flee and worm stuff they also talked about socialisation to people, noises etc and gave me a leaflet on this. A few other tips as well

My legs went numb with 11kg of puppy on them for about 30 mins!! We sat apart from other puppies at first while they did the chat and then in a circle for the socialisation bit.

George was nervous to start especially of a 14 week old German Shepherd, but she was the only one bigger than him.

He soon came round and was chasing around the room and giving a King Charles spaniel and a Jack Russell/Chiwawa what for!!?
 

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Yay! See - it did do him good then!

We went and ours were great - except that 2 big shepherd puppies taught Baxter how to tip over his water bowl :roll:
 
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Marley is off to a puppy party this evening, just hope there are some others as we were the only ones on the list!!
 
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