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Montana is 8 weeks old and started his vaccines four days ago, my vet isn't avaliable todayso I'll give him a call tomorrow. Until then I just errr on the side of caution but I thought I would pose the question. Anyone have any experience/thoughts on socializing a pup with other dogs before their vaccines are complete.
 

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Yes... I was careful with where I went (for example: here in the Netherlands most dogs at dog parks are vaccinated) but I did not go to the forest as most dogs there are not vaccinated. You can always go to a local dog park and communicate with people there and ask them if they are there often and if their dogs are vaccinated - and use them and their dogs to socialize. With Luna I socialized her as much as possible. She needs it for her development - I was just pre-cautious about where we went. I am personally just not going to isolate my dog because I want to 'protect' her...
 

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Here, dog parks are a bad idea. So are pet stores, and any animal populated place. I would only take the puppy around adult dogs with people you know have vaccinated, or wait the until his vaccines are protecting him. Parvo is a big problem here. I would not risk exposure with any young puppies.

A couple of my pups new owners bring them.back here for socialization. I know the owners well, and I'm confident they would not be a risk.

You can also sign up for a puppy class, where program of vaccination is required.
 

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Avoid dog parks, shelters, pet stores that sell animals/puppies. The small 'mom and pop' type pet places that sell high quality food and aren't big box like petsmart shouldn't be too bad. Anywhere there's a lot of dog poop is a risk, so avoid public grassy spots that are full of poops. But do go for walks down the sidewalk, check out traffic, public transit if you can bring a puppy. Go for coffee at a friend's place and have puppy along for that. If there's a daycare with an outside play area, go past there when the kids are out playing.

The first few days your pup is going to be in 'shock' from the changes of being removed from mom and littermates and 'home' and so you don't want to push a ton at them, but get them into a routine of housebreaking and crate training etc...

Then do some outings. Even driving in the car to the airport and parking near the runway is good, things like that will help a lot and slowly increase the adventures. If your pup reacts like he's done it all his life, then great, if he's unsure then do more socializing and outings with lots of treats. Kilt is going to be in a parade here in town next weekend, with horses and so on. So I'm sure that'll be fun. She's nine months but I still like to toss new things at her.
 

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With all the cases of parvo I see on here i would wait till she has had at least her 2nd round of shots. At least be very careful about where you are taking her as some have already advised. Better safe than sorry !!
 

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Parvo is rampant in my area, and as I read from someone here: It's hard to socialize a dead puppy.

Take her out in your arms, some. Have family and friends over. Mostly? Work on the socializing after she's got at least 2 sets of shots. No WAY would I have an unvaccinated, or incompletely vaccinated, puppy out in the public.
 

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My vet said to wait till all vaccinations are complete before going beyond our yard. I listened and I think I would've done it differently now. Well...I still would've listened to our vet, but I also think I would've held him and walked around. If we saw a dog, I would ask if their dog was fine and then let Luke sniff nose to nose (adult only and if they didn't have a cold). But then again, Luke didn't catch anything that puppies can because we listened.

So for you, I'd just listen to your vet. Most do know what they're talking about. And I agree with what the posters said above.
 

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Those first weeks between 8 and 16 are critical for pups to learn manners around other dogs. I would find a dog club where the members are required to have dogs fully vaccinated and ask them if it would be ok to bring your pup down to socialise him.
 
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