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Advice needed for first puppy

Hi Guys,

I've been lurking these forums for a while now as I prepare to get my new German Shepherd, as I've found that everyones advice is far more insightful than any book I've read.

I'm not sure if this has already been covered recently, but I had a question regarding the way I should begin to socialise my new pup. My black GSD is going to be exclusively a family dog, and because of this I want to spend as much time as I can exposing her to a variety of different environments, people and dogs.

I'm not too sure however if I am meant to wait until the pup is a certain age to start socialising it with other dogs? I've heard many people say that I should wait until she has had all her vaccinations (I totally agree with this for strangers dogs) but I wasn't sure if this was the same for my close friends dogs? They have a variety of border collies, staffies, boxers and mastiffs that are all in perfect health and up to date with their vaccinations.

Do I wait or should I begin socialising immediately?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-07-2012, 09:50 AM
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I feel socialization is so important, and our pups grow and go thru stages so fast, that it's key to continue socialization even prior to all the shots.

But YOU have hit the nail on the head with using your friends dogs that you know are healthy and vetted, in a safe location, and that are friendly.

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This is from a vet site with Vet responses!

Early puppy socialization classes: Weighing the risks vs. benefits - Veterinary Medicine






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I think the general thought is wait until the second round of shots, there are some diseases that live in the ground that older dogs are vaccinated against or immune to because they're bigger and puppies can pick those up. If you want to do it earlier, inside is probably the best bet, outside is still a little risky.
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I believe i waited until second shots as well... and she is the most friendly dog ever now.. (not overly friendly, will still be protective if she needs to be). It has been wonderful!
one thing of advice, HARD WIRE THE JUMPING OUT OF YOUR PUP from day one!!! my girl met so many people that encouraged it even though i corrected her and sometimes she still tries to jump!!!
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I got mine at 12 weeks, she had two sets of shots before I did anything with her. Start obedience classes with your new puppy as soon as possible--that is a great way to socialize. They really do turn into wonderful dogs

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Second shots it is! Thanks a lot guys you've been great
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Thanks for sharing this detail about puppy.

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Markeye, no politics are allowed on the board, your link is removed....




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