Your puppy should have already received some of its required vaccinations before they even join your family. The ideal pet vaccination schedule for a puppy begins as early as six weeks of age, with a number of other core and discretionary vaccinations then needed throughout their early years. But these early weeks are also the best time to socialise your dog, teaching them valuable behavioural skills that will serve them throughout their life. So how do you balance the need to socialise your puppy with the fact that they may be unvaccinated or only partially vaccinated?
It's not as though your dog must be isolated from other dogs for the first months. You do, however, need to be cautious. Your puppy should (at first) be socialised in a controlled environment, such as your backyard. This differs from a dog park or even puppy obedience class, in that you can regulate who (and what) your dog comes into contact with.
It's not only other dogs who can expose your puppy to illness but also what other dogs may leave behind in a park or other public space. For example, the canine distemper virus can be spread through infected aerosol droplets (expelled from an infected dog), or urine and faeces left by an infected dog. Socialising an unvaccinated or partially vaccinated puppy on private property prevents them from coming into contact with contaminants left behind by other dogs. But of course, a puppy needs other dogs to actually socialise. It's time to organise a puppy playdate with a carefully selected guest list.
Family and friends whose dogs are vaccinated can be brought over to interact with your puppy, allowing them to play and learn socialisation skills in safe surroundings. Yes, you must ask your fellow dog owners about the vaccination status of their pets, but this is merely to protect your own puppy's health. This setup is not entirely free of risk, but the risk can be significantly reduced. Remember that your puppy may be overwhelmed when interacting with other dogs (who are likely to be older). Be sure to supervise playtime, but remember that your puppy's playmates have been carefully selected so that your puppy can play freely with them without jeopardising their health.
Temporary, total isolation might be required for your puppy after certain core pet vaccinations, so it's crucial to follow your vet's guidance. They can give you an exact timeline about periods where your dog's socialisation may need to be briefly paused.Share
21 June 2022
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