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    DefaultWHEN CAN I START TAKING MY PUPPY OUTSIDE?

    my puppy is will be 3 months old on 13th of this month. His vaccinations aren't complete yet but he is very energetic and(have biting me issues too) but i want to know when i can take him to a nearby park(not dog park normal) ??

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    I'd take him now... the risk of him catching something in my opinion is low.. the risk of him having issues as he gets older from improper socialization is much higher... but i'm no expert.

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    Gee, I don't know what it's like where you are in India. I'm in Canada and my puppy was outside as soon as we brought him home, in -30C temperatures and deep snow to boot. We have a safe backyard and hundreds to thousands of acres of bush that is not intensively used by other dogs.

    I would not take your pup to a park that is used much by other dogs, whether it's a dog park or not. How much do other dogs go through the one you are considering? How many shots has your pu had? What does your Vet say?

    However the socialization issue is extremely important and you do also want to habituate your pup to sights, sounds, smells that are not doggy. Car traffic and noise for example.

    The Dr. Anderson letter applies mainly to N. America, I believe, but I think it would be a good read for you and I really think your Vet should have input. Your diseases and incidence reports are probably different than ours.

    Robert K. Anderson,
    DVM Diplomate, ACVB and ACVPM
    Professor and Director Emeritus, Animal Behavior Clinic and
    Center to Study Human/Animal Relationships and Environments
    University of Minnesota
    1666 Coffman Street, Suite 128, Falcon Heights, MN 55108
    P hone 612-644-7400 v FAX 612-644-4262

    Puppy Vaccination and Socialization Should Go Together

    To: My Colleagues in Veterinary Medicine:

    Common questions I receive from puppy owners, dog trainers and veterinarians concern: 1) What is the most favorable age or period of time when puppies learn best; and 2) What are the health implications of my advice that veterinarians and trainers should offer socialization programs for puppies starting at 8 to 9 weeks of age?

    Puppies begin learning at birth and their brains appear to be particularly responsive to learning and retaining experiences that are encountered during the first 13 to 16 weeks after birth. This means that breeders, new puppy owners, veterinarians, trainers and behaviorists have a responsibility to assist in providing these learning/socialization experiences with other puppies/dogs, with children/adults and with various environmental situations during this optimal period from birth to 16 weeks.

    Many veterinarians are making this early socialization and learning program part of a total wellness plan for breeders and new owners of puppies during the first 16 weeks of a puppy's life Öthe first 7 to 8 weeks with the breeder and the next 8 weeks with the new owners. This socialization program should enroll puppies from 8 to 12 weeks of age as a key part of any preventive medicine program to improve the bond between pets and their people and keep dogs as valued members of the family for 12 to 18 years.

    To take full advantage of this early special learning period, many veterinarians recommend that new owners take their puppies to puppy socialization classes, beginning at 8 to 9 weeks of age. At this age they should have (and can be required to have) received a minimum of their first series of vaccines for protection against infectious diseases. This provides the basis for increasing immunity by further repeated exposure to these antigens either through natural exposure in small doses or artificial exposure with vaccines during the next 8 to 12 weeks. In addition, the owner and people offering puppy socialization should take precautions to have the environment and the participating puppies as free of natural exposure as possible by good hygiene and caring by careful instructors and owners.

    Experience and epidemiologic data support the relative safety and lack of transmission of disease in these puppy socialization classes over the past 10 years in many parts of the United States. In fact, the risk of a dog dying because of infection with distemper or parvo disease is far less than the much higher risk of a dog dying (euthanasia) because of a behavior problem. Many veterinarians are now offering new puppy owners puppy socialization classes in their hospitals or nearby training facilities in conjunction with trainers and behaviorists because they want socialization and training to be very important parts of a wellness plan for every puppy. We need to recognize that this special sensitive period for learning is the best opportunity we have to influence behavior for dogs and the most important and longest lasting part of a total wellness plan.

    Are there risks? Yes. But 10 years of good experience and data, with few exceptions, offers veterinarians the opportunity to generally recommend early socialization and training classes, beginning when puppies are 8 to 9 weeks of age. However, we always follow a veterinarian's professional judgment, in individual cases or situations, where special circumstances warrant further immunization for a special puppy before starting such classes. During any period of delay for puppy classes, owners should begin a program of socialization with children and adults, outside their family, to take advantage of this special period in a puppy's life.

    If there are further questions, veterinarians may call me at 651-644-7400 for discussion and clarification.

    Robert K. Anderson, DVM, Diplomate,
    American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
    and Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists
    FRom: DogPACT - Puppy Socialization Chart

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    are there safe places you can bring him outside, your yard, a friend's yard. a quiet area stray dogs do not wander to? it isn't a question of house arrest but finding safe places to not only bring him out but SOCIALISE. do you have friends with friendly dogs? or who would be ok with puppy visits?
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    No place that other dogs go to until the last of the shots. It is too easy for them to get a possibly fatal disease, so why risk it? Wait another month until the shots are completed.
    Jackie, Champ, and Buddy

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