Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Greene County, NY
Re: socialization for a 9 week old pup
Check with your vet before taking her anywhere. It really depends on where you live, because some areas have a very high rate of Parvo, Distemper, and other diseases. In my area, my vet said to wait until one week after second set (very, very low incidence of disease in my area), and even then only take her to areas that weren't frequented by many dogs. For now, I would recommend carrying on walks around town (bring a friend because she will get heavy!), car rides around areas where there are different sights, smells, noises. I took my girl to the drive in movies at 9 weeks, and she loved people watching from the truck.
Also check your contract to see if the breeder states not to socialize before all shots are completed.
I know it's hard to not bring her everywhere right away, but you can always have people and safe, vaccinated dogs come to your house to play. The vaccines will be over soon enough!
Princess (GSD/Pit Rescue) October 1996-September 2004
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