Good socialisation is probably the most important thing that a new dog owner can do for their puppy. A well socialised puppy means an adult dog with good manners and less behaviour problems! Early exposure to different dogs, people, sights, smells, and sounds is very important for behavioural development. Here are some quick tips:
- Arrange play dates for your puppy – your puppy can safely socialise with any other vaccinated dog
- Arrange play dates with other people and children
- Take your puppy for car rides
- Ask your friends to dog sit your puppy – this allows your new puppy to be exposure to different environments and people
- Give your puppy alone time – this maybe in an outdoor space or a separate room. This develops independence. Give your puppy a toy or an activity to do so they feel comfortable being alone.
When can my puppy go outside?
Generally, puppies can safely visit any public area when they are fully protected by their vaccinations – this is one week after their final puppy vaccination. It is important to note that parvovirus, one of the vaccinatable diseases, can remain infectious in soil or hard surfaces for years. This means that your puppy does not necessarily need direct contact with an infected dog to become ill. Luckily, we see very few cases of parvovirus in our practice. This is likely due to the higher vaccination rates and lack of stray dogs in our area.
If you have any questions or would like a puppy health consultation with one of our vets, give us a call on (03) 9372 7655.