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I just adopted a yellow labrador (Elliott) two weeks ago. Before adopting him, he had his first round of vaccines. He went into the vet this past Tuesday for neutering and the second round of vaccines. The nurse at the vet told me he'll have to come in in another 3 weeks for a third set of booster vaccines before he's able to go outside.

This seems like a really unnecessarily long time to me to keep my new pup inside and not have any chances to interact with other dogs and humans in the outside world. I'd like to enroll him in puppy kindergarten and make sure he's exposed to as many of the experiences he'll have throughout his life as early as possible. Is waiting for that third round of vaccines pretty commonplace? If so, what should I do in the meantime to make sure he's being properly socialized?
 

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Hey all:

I just adopted a yellow labrador (Elliott) two weeks ago. Before adopting him, he had his first round of vaccines. He went into the vet this past Tuesday for neutering and the second round of vaccines. The nurse at the vet told me he'll have to come in in another 3 weeks for a third set of booster vaccines before he's able to go outside.

This seems like a really unnecessarily long time to me to keep my new pup inside and not have any chances to interact with other dogs and humans in the outside world. I'd like to enroll him in puppy kindergarten and make sure he's exposed to as many of the experiences he'll have throughout his life as early as possible. Is waiting for that third round of vaccines pretty commonplace? If so, what should I do in the meantime to make sure he's being properly socialized?
Your vet is your best option for knowing how big a problem parvo is in your area, and ultimately the risk is yours to decide to take (or not).

My attitude, living in an area where parvo is common, particularly ferocious, and very often deadly, is that you can't socialize a dead dog. She goes out, but she goes out in my arms to meet people and experience things, and will do so for another month. (She's younger than your pup, has had one round, has another a week from now, and then the third in another 3 weeks). In an area that had deep winter freezes, or a less virulent strain of parvo, I'd be more likely to start socializing her heavily. Heck, even if she weren't tiny and weaned too young, I'd be more inclined. But here, and with her? No way.
 
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