Can't wait one more week!!
I know I have just one more week til my GSD puppy gets her last series of vaccs but OMG! I don't think I can wait any longer!!! I just gotta take her for a walk. Not to a park or anywhere like that but maybe just up and down our block a couple of times. I'll just keep her moving and not let her stop to sniff or pee. She's so hyper and its hard to play with her for very long cuz she jumps on me and bites at me and rips my clothes and stuff. At 4 mos old she weighs 34 lbs. and tends to knock me over easily. I mean is it really too risky if its just up and down our block a few times?
Re: Can't wait one more week!!
It really depends on where you live, how many dogs and stray dogs there are, and what the rate of parvo is. You could consult your vet to see what the risk is, get actual numbers like how many cases of parvo they have seen in the last three months or year.
Where I live the vaccination rate is very high and the parvo rate is low and there are no long term stray dogs. For us it was worth the risk to start leash training and socialization earlier rather than later. Galahad went for his first walk around the neighborhood at around 11 weeks old. He had two vaccinations out of 4 completed. We had no trouble but I have never heard of a dog in our neighborhood getting distemper or parvo either
If you are concerned, keep him away from areas where other dogs have defecated. Extra precautions could be to wipe his paws with a disinfectant when you get in and wipe your shoes as well if you wear them inside or put them away where the dog wont have access to them. We never did this but I know of people who have. I've even read of people going so far as to bleach the sidewalk so they could walk their dog up and down the block before they were vaccinated. I don't really think that's necessary but if you're really desperate...
Re: Can't wait one more week!!
Look up the Sticky: The Bite Stops Here to learn about Bite Inhibition... and..
Some Tweaks to Bite Inhibition (to get her to stop biting when she wants to play):
1. When the pup bites, then yelp. It should sound about like what the pup does when you step on its paw... don't step on her paw for a sample :-). When you yelp, the pup should startle briefly and stop nipping. Praise and pet. SHe'll bite.
2. When she bites the second time, Yelp. When she stops, praise and pet. SHe'll nip again, although it may be a little gentler. ...
3. When she bites a third time, Yelp (see a pattern?). But this time, turn your back for 15 - 30 secs. If she comes around and play bows or barks, then that is an apology. This is important. Accept it, praise and pet... and cringe in expectation of the next nip...
4. When she bites the 4th time, Yelp, then leave the area, placing her in a 2 min. time-out. It is better if you can leave, rather than moving her. Then, return and interact. (SHe's still hungry...)
5. When she nips the fifth time, yelp, and leave the area, stopping interaction for now.
Pups need to sleep over night in order to learn their lessons. So, keep doing this for 3 days. By the third day, you should notice significant Bite Inhibition. SHe may still nip, but it will be softer and she won't draw blood. Keep up the training and make sure that everyone yelps.... Very powerful method.
If you learn the technique, then you can apply the "yelp" to other circumstances, also. I believe that "yelp" is "Please don't do that, I don't like it." in dog communication. I currently use the yelp when my dog plays tug, then runs with the toy, when he fetches and keeps it out of reach or when he takes a treat too quickly....