It is important to know the rules about when puppies can go outside.
Getting a new puppy is a joyful experience for all the family. New puppy owners are always eager to share their new bundle of fur with the world. But don’t whisk your loveable pup away to the dog park just yet. You need to ensure they’re fully protected first.
The rules surrounding vaccinations is often confusing for newbie owners. Especially when there’s so much conflicting advice from experts.
But because puppies are more prone to developing illnesses during the first few months of life, vaccinations are essential to ensure the health and well being of your new puppy.
So when can puppies go outside after vaccinations? Read on to find out…
When can puppies go outside after vaccinations?
Puppies can safely explore the big wide world one to two weeks after their last vaccination. This time frame varies from vet to vet, and it also depends on the type of vaccination used. So if in doubt, always live by your vet’s guidance.
When you bring your puppy home, they’ll receive two separate vaccinations. One at 8 weeks of age and the second at around 10-12 weeks of age.
That means if your puppy had their last shot at 12 weeks, they’ll be fully protected at around 14 weeks of age.
Why do puppies have to wait to go outside?
Puppies inherit immunity against infections through their mother’s milk. But this protection only lasts for the first few weeks of life. Puppies need vaccinations to support their immune system, to fight against known diseases when they finally go out into the world.
Because public spaces are potentially filled with diseases that can make your puppy very sick. Parvovirus and canine distemper are two of the more serious infections that can be fatal if contracted.
Puppies are far more vulnerable to disease than older dogs as their immune system is still developing. Puppies will have a 5-6 week period after you bring them home before they can go for walks and play with other dogs.
But this isolation period raises a few issues…
Socialising your puppy problems
Puppies need proper socialisation before 13 weeks of age to ensure they grow into a well-rounded, family pet. An under-socialised puppy can develop fear or aggressive behaviours towards others later in life.
So that means you need to introduce your puppy to lots of new experiences – meeting other dogs, people and going to new places. Experts suggest your dog should meet at least 100 people before 12 weeks of age. That works out to 25 people each week!
This socialisation period should begin as soon as you bring your puppy home. But this contradicts the vaccination rules.
There are a couple of ways around this, however. If you have a friend with a relaxed, fully vaccinated dog, invite them around for an introduction in your garden. You can also introduce family and friends in the same way. This is a perfectly safe environment to get around the vaccination problem.
You should also let your puppy experience the outside world during this time too. Wrap your puppy up in a blanket and carry them to new places. Let them see cars going by, children running in the park, and other animals like cats and horses.
The socialisation stage is important. Ensure you’re taking the time to socialise your puppy, but make sure you’re putting your puppy’s health and safety first.
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