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Q: When can a puppy socialize?

May 2, 2009 | By Maria | 12 answers | Expired: 1951 days ago

Maria

There is a puppy playtime event being hosted at PetCo this weekend. I was thinking about taking my 8 week old puppy to it. They gate off an area and allow people to bring their puppies in and let them play with toys and other puppies. I was a little worried that she was too young. Does anyone have an opinion?


Ethel02: What do you mean when all of her shots are done? She has had 3 parvo shots now. Do you mean her initial shots?

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Patricia  C.
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May 07, 2009

Puppies really shouldn't be around other dogs until they have had all of their puppy shots. They are still at risk for parvo and distemper until they have had at least 3 shots and probably should have had at least 4 unless you know all of the other dogs have been vaccinated.

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gailsplace@verizon.net G.
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May 06, 2009

How many DHPP or DHLPP has he had?

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Jillian
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May 05, 2009

it sounds like the perfect experience for her. try to find as many of these opportunities as you can while shes growing up.

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Sabrina S.
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May 05, 2009

Definately take her! It is a safe, controlled enviornment that will be perfect for socialization. It is critical to socialize your dog with as many things, smells, and places as soon as you can as the critical socialization period is up to 4 months. But the earlier the better! Also, Petco will allow you to bring your puppy if they have the appropriate shots for their age.

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EBalka
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May 03, 2009

It is impossible for her to have had 3 Dhpp shots already. The first one is given at 6wks and they are given 4wks apart in a 3 shot series, then they get a rabies vac at 16wks. Not to mention the bordetella (kennel cough) vac, that is 2 boosters given 4wks apart. An 8wk old pup does not have enough vaccines to safely go to an event like that yet. Socialization should occur at this age in a safe environment, that is not used by stranger dogs, and with pets that you know are vaccinated. Puppies need safe socialization time, so be patient. It's worth it to wait. Check into puppy training classes that require all members to be vaccinated so they can learn in a safe place.

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karla w.
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May 03, 2009

as soon as your pup has had its shots.

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misty
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May 03, 2009

Wait until your pup has had all of her shots 1st... i wont take my pups anywhere or even let people i dont know touch my pups until they have had their shots... you just never know... parvo has a 2 week incubation period & can live in the ground up to 5-7 years...

while i was working @ a rescue, someone put a puppy over the fence in the middle of the night... We let a momma dog out to use the bathroom not knowing the pup was out there... guess what... the pup had parvo... momma had contact with that pup then took it back to her own puppies... of the 15 puppies, only 6 survived & that was with round the clock care because we all took shifts...

so please, think twice about going before your pup has had all her shots...

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Theresa L.
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May 03, 2009

I'm dealing with a Parvo Puppy right now, so far so good, MAKE SURE ALL THE SHOTS ARE DONE FIRST!! Parvo is a puppy killer and you don't know if one of those dogs hasn't been vaccinated...

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May 03, 2009

She/he should be fine, but remember that even though petco may check to make sure that all the pups have their shots, they don't check every dog that walks in. there are many irresponsible pet owners out there

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Brandi G.
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May 02, 2009

you need all her booster shots done! Talk to you vet about it to clarify what you need. Plus she is VERY VERYY prone to parvo....puppies are more suceptible especailly if they havent had all their shots!

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