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I brought home a 9 wk Shiba Inu puppy yesterday and so far he is doing SO WELL. However, since he is so young, he has not completed all of his rounds of his vaccines. My apartment complex is large and has a lot of dogs. I'm so worried about taking him outside because he is susceptible to all kinds of deadly illnesses (parvo, for starters). He is doing okay with going pee and poo on/near the puppy pads (we're working on it), but doesn't he still need outside time? How do I keep him safe?

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Hi,
I brought home a 9 wk Shiba Inu puppy yesterday and so far he is doing SO WELL. However, since he is so young, he has not completed all of his rounds of his vaccines. My apartment complex is large and has a lot of dogs. I'm so worried about taking him outside because he is susceptible to all kinds of deadly illnesses (parvo, for starters). He is doing okay with going pee and poo on/near the puppy pads (we're working on it), but doesn't he still need outside time? How do I keep him safe?
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My dog was about same age without all of its shots too when i took it home. The drive to pick up the dog was over a hundred miles, the dog was walking outside before we reached its new home. It took a few months to complete the series of shots, all the while i continued to walk the dog, which in the beginning the puppy mostly refused to walk very far, it was mostly just teaching the dog to walk. Rules for myself were simple, keep the dog a safe six foot distance from other dogs and keep a close eye on making sure the pup didn't eat anything off the ground, also watched where it was sniffing too. My worst enemies were other humans that would attempt to pet and even worse pick up the dog without asking...
 

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Hi,

I brought home a 9 wk Shiba Inu puppy yesterday and so far he is doing SO WELL. However, since he is so young, he has not completed all of his rounds of his vaccines. My apartment complex is large and has a lot of dogs. I'm so worried about taking him outside because he is susceptible to all kinds of deadly illnesses (parvo, for starters). He is doing okay with going pee and poo on/near the puppy pads (we're working on it), but doesn't he still need outside time? How do I keep him safe?

Thanks!
I am hoping you live in a nice apartment complex where your neighbors are responsible and have their pets up-to-date with vaccines. I think pee pads are a great tool for training before your pup is fully vaccinated, and when the weather conditions are bad. I say "Go for it!"
 

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I agree with stbob. Try to avoid potty pads because these teach bad habits (going potty inside, thinking rugs are potty pads). Puppies come with some immunity. Just keep your distance and only socialize with known healthy, vaccinated dogs. Socializing before 14-16 weeks is crucial for a well rounded puppy. I’d also highly recommend taking a positive reinforcement puppy class ASAP.
 
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