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Hi Everyone. I have had my 9 week old pup just 4 days. He wasn't vaccinated so I had him checked over by the vet and he has had his first jab. My problem is socialising him. I live alone and he doesn't get to see anyone during the day (friends are working). He was quite happy to be carried in his crate when we went to the vet so my question is, is it safe to take him out in his crate. I live in Tenerife so most of my socialising is done in bars with outside terraces.
 

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Hi Everyone. I have had my 9 week old pup just 4 days. He wasn't vaccinated so I had him checked over by the vet and he has had his first jab. My problem is socialising him. I live alone and he doesn't get to see anyone during the day (friends are working). He was quite happy to be carried in his crate when we went to the vet so my question is, is it safe to take him out in his crate. I live in Tenerife so most of my socialising is done in bars with outside terraces.
You can take him out of the crate, and let people meet him in your arms - but I wouldn't let him on the ground until he's had all his shots. Bottom line, for me? You can't socialize a dead puppy.
 

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Thanks for the prompt reply Cpt Jack. I had no intention of putting him on the ground, he's quite happy sitting on my knee or even in the cage as long as I'm with him. It was a friend that told me I shouldn't take him out at all. My previous dog went everywhere with me, she died of cancer 5 weeks ago at a good age. This is my first
puppy though so I'm learning every day.
 

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Thanks for the prompt reply Cpt Jack. I had no intention of putting him on the ground, he's quite happy sitting on my knee or even in the cage as long as I'm with him. It was a friend that told me I shouldn't take him out at all. My previous dog went everywhere with me, she died of cancer 5 weeks ago at a good age. This is my first
puppy though so I'm learning every day.
You should be fine taking him out in the crate or on your knee. I, um, have resorted to sitting on a bench with Kylie and asking strangers to come over and feed her a treat I bring with me. People without dogs, in places don't usually go. It's possibly making me look like a nut, but she's LOOOOVING people :p
 

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You can also invite 3 - 5 people to your house for beer, snacks, and TV sports (?), asking them to feed your pup one treat at a time... don't invite people who can't follow directions. But, people who work in pet stores, pet departments, dog pounds, and Vet offices will all help out... but make sure that they will follow your directions... rather than their own ideas...

You can also talk to your Vet about uptodate adult dogs visiting your house... We've used my clean, up to date dog to socialize puppies at their houses... with my Vet's blessing.
 

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After he's had his second round of shots you could sign him up for a puppy socialization class with other vaccinated puppies.
 

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I would start socialising as soon as possible. You're much more likely to have behavioural issues due to lack of socialisation than having your puppy die from parvo. Unless there is a LOT of parvo in your area of course (might want to call the local vet and ask).

Stay out of high risk areas like dog parks of course, but the puppy should be exposed to as many new environments as possible. Any situation/environment he's likely to have to deal with throughout his life, he should be exposed to now. You can carry him for peace of mind if you're worried about diseases, but he really needs to get out and see the world.
 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. I took him with me in his crate last night to my local bar. He was quite happy sitting on my knee and he had lots of admirers. This morning I carried him down to the sea front. Every few yards people were stopping me and asking to stroke him so at least he's meeting lots of people now. I think
I will take him to a puppy class as soon as he's able to go on the pavement, it will educate me as much as him.
 

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Haha, Did he have a drink? lol. I cannot believe he was allowed in :)

Haha, Sounds like you are going about it the right way. It does take time and take it nice and slow.


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Hi MM, Luckily where I live it is wall to wall bars with terraces or tables on the pavement and in most of them, dogs are actually encouraged. Lots of them have water bowls outside. My last dog would run on ahead of me to the cafe and sit outside the kitchen barking until they brought her a biscuit. The bar staff really miss her and are hoping that the new pup will soon follow suit.
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