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Old 08-01-2009, 05:05 PM   #1
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Beckett has had two rounds of shots and is due for his final booster in two weeks. We want to start walking him (he is a pad trained- no outside pottying). Does he need to have all of his shots first to be safe? He's 14weeks. Is this too young to start walking? He seems cooped up and I want to start exposing him to more of the world (and help him burn off some of his energy). Are the other places we can take him? Thanks
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People may disagree with me, but personally... I think they should definitely be able to be outside and see the world at 14 weeks old. If he's had two, he's pretty darn safe, in my opinion. I'm no veterinarian, but my vet told me it was fine to take him outside after his 2nd round of shots. I potty trained Jackson from the start outside so he had to go out.

I would just advise you NOT to take him to any public parks or dog parks or other animals that you do not know are vaccinated yet.

I think walks around the block are fine, etc. Get him used to the leash and harness at this early age! Socialization early on is key, in my opinion.
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He would probably be safe. Just be careful where you take him. Socialization at this age is very important. Do what you feel safe with for the next 2 weeks.
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I was told not to walk mine till they were up to date on all their boosters when they were puppies by my vet. He said the reason why is you don't know if other peoples dog had their vaccinations when you are out walking or at a dog park or even a store, and they could pass it on to your puppy, who is not fully protected. He told me only allow the new puppy to be with dogs that you knew for sure had their vaccinations.
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You have to be really careful with your furbaby. You know your beckett is presently up to date on all booster shots but their are alot of dogs who are not. It's really your personal decision.
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Did you know that Parvo lives anywhere and everywhere for up to 6 months. It can even get on the bottom of your shoes. I would not take that chance unless you have your own fenced in yard.
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Thanks everyone. Maybe we'll just walk around our living room for now. I might det dizzy but at least I know he's safe.
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you can take him out in your backyard. I got morgan at 13 weeks with 2 boosters already given. I immediately starting outdoor potty training with her. You just can't bring your puppy anywhere other dogs have been like hte petstore or the dog park.
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you can take him out in your backyard. I got morgan at 13 weeks with 2 boosters already given. I immediately starting outdoor potty training with her. You just can't bring your puppy anywhere other dogs have been like hte petstore or the dog park.
Is there a leash law in your neighborhood?

A member on another forum nearly lost her little Tucker to parvo. He got it from his own backyard. Loose dogs in the neighborhood used his backyard for their bathroom.

BTW, Tucker had had all three parvo shots, too. They were started too early, though, so they weren't effective. If they are started before about nine weeks, immunities the puppy gets from nursing block their effectiveness.

The last vaccine should be given between 16-18 weeks.

In one study of a cross section of different puppies the age at which they were able to respond to a vaccine and develop protection covered a wide period of time. At six weeks of age, 25% of the puppies could be immunized. At 9 weeks of age, 40% of the puppies were able to respond to the vaccine. The number increased to 60% by 16 weeks, and by 18 weeks of age, 95% of the puppies could be immunized.

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I'd stay on the safe side and keep him in. Parvo is everywhere, sad but true. I know too many people who didn't wait and were in tears. There will be lots of times for nice long walks. Our Vet told us not to take Princess out until 1 week after her last set of shots. I wasn't going to chance it, so that's what we did.
One week after her shots we had a nice play date to go on.
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I'd stay on the safe side and keep him in. Parvo is everywhere, sad but true. I know too many people who didn't wait and were in tears. There will be lots of times for nice long walks. Our Vet told us not to take Princess out until 1 week after her last set of shots. I wasn't going to chance it, so that's what we did.
One week after her shots we had a nice play date to go on.
I see you are from North Carolina, too. Did you see the story on the news a few years ago about the family who lost both their Pomeranian puppies to parvo? I think it was in Johnston County. The puppies had had two out of three shots, so they thought they were protected. Such a sad story.
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I would say that it is safe to take hime out for walks just keep a eye on him, we had ours in Puppy Class at 12 weeks and he was around other puppies and he has had no problems. He needs to know what is out there.
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I see you are from North Carolina, too. Did you see the story on the news a few years ago about the family who lost both their Pomeranian puppies to parvo? I think it was in Johnston County. The puppies had had two out of three shots, so they thought they were protected. Such a sad story.


Hi, no I didn't see that, we just moved here from CA in March. But in CA I know it's everywhere, as I've been told by our new Vet it's here too. It's so sad, they get very sick and there's really not much you can do.
When Princess had Vet appointments in CA and there was a puppy there with parvo they would meet you in the parking lot and tell you to please carry in your furbaby, even if they had all their shots. It's best to keep them safe.
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There's recently more hesitation about keeping puppies completely isolated because early socialization and exposure to "scary" things when they are still young and quick to adapt is so important to their emotional, behavioral and social development, but there are ways to do provide a puppy with some exposure to the bigger world without causing as much risk to their health than walking them down a city street. At the vet hospital where I work, we typically tell people that they should be allowing their pup to interact with adult dogs with known vaccination histories-- the dogs of responsible family members or friends-- and that it is all right to allow the pup to explore the owner's fenced yard as long as unknown dogs do not have access to it. No parks, no pet shops, and no walks in areas where unknown dogs have walked. It obviously isn't as completely safe from parvo as keeping the puppy 100% indoors and isolated from other dogs until they are fully vaccinated, but the social development of the puppy is very important to their life-long well-being, and unfortunately the most impressionable period in a dog's life falls before 16 weeks of age.
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There's recently more hesitation about keeping puppies completely isolated because early socialization and exposure to "scary" things when they are still young and quick to adapt is so important to their emotional, behavioral and social development, but there are ways to do provide a puppy with some exposure to the bigger world without causing as much risk to their health than walking them down a city street. At the vet hospital where I work, we typically tell people that they should be allowing their pup to interact with adult dogs with known vaccination histories-- the dogs of responsible family members or friends-- and that it is all right to allow the pup to explore the owner's fenced yard as long as unknown dogs do not have access to it. No parks, no pet shops, and no walks in areas where unknown dogs have walked. It obviously isn't as completely safe from parvo as keeping the puppy 100% indoors and isolated from other dogs until they are fully vaccinated, but the social development of the puppy is very important to their life-long well-being, and unfortunately the most impressionable period in a dog's life falls before 16 weeks of age.
Strollers are great for exposing puppies to unfamiliar sights and sounds while keeping them up off the floor and protected, too.
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