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There are some dog parks 1.5-2 hours away and I don't mind going to them but obviously that isn't a good idea because vaccinations... There are dog clubs, is that safer? I am not sure how to find groups of fellow dog owners to socialize with... very very rural southeast GA....
I checked and the dog club requires proof of vaccinations for puppies who use the facilities.. Although when I took my adult dog they didn't ask for any proof... could the puppy area be an OK option still?

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Couple things to add... Rowdy has been a lot of places, and there are two things that he gets nervous around (that I've noticed so far). The 8 foot stuffed bear at Bass Pro shop and garbage bags.


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at what age should socialization start? immediately following final vaccinations?
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This is an awesome guide. I already planned on going to parades, but now I'm going to add baseball games to my socializing.
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There are some dog parks 1.5-2 hours away and I don't mind going to them but obviously that isn't a good idea because vaccinations... There are dog clubs, is that safer? I am not sure how to find groups of fellow dog owners to socialize with... very very rural southeast GA....
I checked and the dog club requires proof of vaccinations for puppies who use the facilities.. Although when I took my adult dog they didn't ask for any proof... could the puppy area be an OK option still?

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Stay clear of the Dog Park until your puppy has had all his/her immunizations...it's full of germs! Eddie received his final shots at 14 weeks, and has been going to the dog park regularly ever since... he loves it - he has met all kinds of puppies and adult dog breeds, tends to gravitate towards certain breeds (and never the ones I think he'll like LOL). I am so proud of how he behaves when he's there, he always enters with respect for the dogs already there - I see so many owners let their dogs charge in totally wound up. Eddie is calm, respectful and submissive at first, then once he sniff out the right dog to play with he is super playful and full of energy, but always gentle. He is 5 months now and has been hanging out with the big dogs in the large breed section of our park - he feels super confident hanging with the big kids and clearly wants to be like them - it's hilarious to see. At 14 wks he also started basic puppy training at Petco which has allowed him to hang out with dogs his size. The training isn't the best in the world, but Eddie enjoys himself and loves coming to the store, so I'm happy. We live 2 blocks from our kids' school, during the day he goes for walks around the school and sees and hears the screaming kids in the playground, watches the school busses come and go, and says hello to the crossing guards outside the school. He's met the mailman and LOVES him. Tons of dogs live in our neighborhood and we always meet some on our walks. I love being part of his life and helping him become a sweet, confident dog - every day he learns and grows - it's just an amazing experience! We're a mile from the beach but still haven't taken him - can't wait to, though! Also excited to see how he likes Paradise Ranch where he'll be boarding a week this summer.

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Any thoughts on socialization that I can do without taking my puppy out places? He is 4 months and unfortunately has pneumonia. He is recovering, but we have had to delay his second set of shots until he gets a clear xray. The vet specifically said not to take him out to dog parks or classes or let him play with other dogs. I do have 2 other dogs that he plays with, and we occasionally have people over. I have also taken him around to meet the neighbors. Am I going to miss some of the critical socialization periods? Anything I can do at home to help him be well socialized?

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Any thoughts on socialization that I can do without taking my puppy out places? He is 4 months and unfortunately has pneumonia. He is recovering, but we have had to delay his second set of shots until he gets a clear xray. The vet specifically said not to take him out to dog parks or classes or let him play with other dogs. I do have 2 other dogs that he plays with, and we occasionally have people over. I have also taken him around to meet the neighbors. Am I going to miss some of the critical socialization periods? Anything I can do at home to help him be well socialized?

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If he's got pneumonia or recovering I think your vet may be very concerned that his immune system is compromised while he recovers. Without those vaccinations you really do put him at risk getting him out and about. If it were a normal situation with a healthy puppy who might be in an area with a high incidence of parvo I would suggest just taking puppy out in a carrier/wagon or something so his feet don't touch the ground. A puppy owner could also take the pup to dog friendly stores in the area. Here in my area Home Depot, Lowes and many other places are dog friendly- I just kept my guy in his Sherpa carrier or in a shopping cart (with a towel) after disinfecting it with a disinfecting wipe (and after because some people are squeamish about dogs in carts). We went to Home Depot, Lowes, Academy Sports, Bed Bath and Beyond, the bank, Goodyear tires, a church school, and many other places before he got his final vaccines but his feet never touched ground. In your case, since you have a dog who is recovering, I wouldn't do it until your vet gives you the all clear.
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I will be getting a puppy in September and of course I want to introduce her to everyone everywhere. Is it safe to take an 8 week old puppy out in public? It's been almost 10 years since I've done the puppy routine and I know she won't have all of her shots yet, etc. and don't want her to catch something.
I don't think people can transmit anything to her, but could they transmit something from their own pet to her if they touched their dog first and then pet her? Probably over thinking this but I wouldn't want to subject her to germs that I can avoid.
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WOW!!!! Bentley has a LOT left to do. Thanks for the list
Great list! Thank you! Our soon to be born puppy will have a busy first few months!
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