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I have a couple of questions.
I am getting a puppy in a few weeks,once she is weaned.
I am very excited,as I have been waiting for my own dog for over a year now.I am definatly up for the challenge!

Now I no amatuer when it comes to dogs.We have grown up with all kids/breeds of dogs and plus I do alot of fostering for a local rescue.However I foster adult/senoir dogs.And growing up,puppy work was always left to my parents.

My two questions are:
- What age should the first vaccinations be given?
- When should training start? (basic commands: sit,stay,down...etc).

Like I said,I am no amatuer with dogs...I just train and am used to adults.So I guess I am kinda an amatuer with puppies! I do know how much work needs to be put into them though! :)
 

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I believe the first shots are given between 6-8 weeks. Training can begin early. The earlier the better in my book. Take your time and be patient. Make sure to ask your Vet when the next shots are due for the puppy. Puppies need more vaccines until they are about 16 weeks I think. Reason being is to build up there immune system I guess. Good Luck with your new puppy. I admire what you do for the local animal shelter in fostering.
 

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I have a couple of questions.
I am getting a puppy in a few weeks,once she is weaned.
I am very excited,as I have been waiting for my own dog for over a year now.I am definatly up for the challenge!

Now I no amatuer when it comes to dogs.We have grown up with all kids/breeds of dogs and plus I do alot of fostering for a local rescue.However I foster adult/senoir dogs.And growing up,puppy work was always left to my parents.

My two questions are:
- What age should the first vaccinations be given?
- When should training start? (basic commands: sit,stay,down...etc).

Like I said,I am no amatuer with dogs...I just train and am used to adults.So I guess I am kinda an amatuer with puppies! I do know how much work needs to be put into them though! :)
If this dog is coming from a rescue or shelter, they should provide all the necessary info you need to know on shots. If the dog is coming from a breeder you should already know. If it is a breeder and they have not yet discussed this with you, run (very fast) away from them.

On average, they should be dewormed before they come home at 8-10 weeks. Parvo/distemper at 8, 12 and 16 weeks. Rabies can be done between 16 weeks and 6 months. Don't bother with bordatella unless you plan on boarding somewhere that requires it.

Basic obedience can start on day one as part of potty and crate training. I usually wait till 16 weeks before starting formal classes. Depending on the area, there may be puppy play groups available for pups under 16 weeks.
 

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Okay thanks.
I did some reading a few days ago anyway,since nobody responded right away,I looked up the info I need.
 
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