I realize you are suppose to listen to the vet, yet i can't help but wonder....he has told me not to go to any classes till his last set of shots at 4 months. anyone out there start then/after and am i missing too much?
I personally taken my boys to class after two sets of vaccinations and never had a problem. But I knew the environment, and was in check with the "season" meaning, there are some times of the year that are typically higher around her for parvo outbreaks. I think if you are educated about the environment, you can make a good call.
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You also may want to check with the organizers of the class. Some don't allow dogs without full immunizations.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
We started Spike in kindergarten and he doesn't get his 3rd set of shots until February. The vet said the benefit of socialization far outweighs the risk of him catching something. The teacher did require proof that all puppies are up to date so far.
Mom to Spike & Tiller
I think it's pretty location dependent .. the risk to unvaccinated (or undervaccinated puppies) is one that needs to be seriously considered ... if you live in an area with low compliance, high disease and a school that doesn't check vax history I'd wait it out and do other types of socializing
if there isn't much disease going on, the school checks records and most dogs are vaccinated I'd be vigilant for people talking about loose poop and listen for coughing and sneezing but go ahead and go to class ...
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
My vet had me wait until my puppy's shots were complete. She was behind on the dog socialization, but she caught up to the other dogs after 2 weeks.
Emmett just had his first class on Monday and he turned 10 week on Wed. The training place wanted the second set of shots and when we talked to the vet she was good with that and gave him his bordetella (sp) also.
The socialization is super important but I think that can be caught up on too. I'm really glad I didn't wait because there are certain behavioral things that need to be corrected now and the right way. It's been way to long since I had a puppy... wow do I know how to do things wrong.