It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of getting a new puppy. However, it is incredibly important that you take precautions and prepare for their arrival beforehand.
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You just got your brand new puppy, and you’re dying to show them off. Good news! Your puppy is excited too! They are curious about their new world and ready to explore. However, we all know the “real world” can be a dangerous place for a new puppy.
Here’s our guide for making your puppy’s big debut to the outside world memorable, rewarding, and safe.
You Don’t Have To Wait Until They Have All Their Shots
Yes, you read that correctly. If you wait until puppies have all their shots administered before taking them out then you’ve missed critical socialization time. If your puppy isn’t properly socialized then they can have:
- Excessive Fear
According to the AVSBA, behavioral issues are the leading cause of death in dogs under 3 years old. Poorly socialized puppies often end up in shelters and are euthanized.
However, the socialization window occurs when your puppy is most susceptible to infection. You need to be careful and keep them away from dangerous areas. Puppy classes and in-home visits are safe ways to socialize your puppy. You need to wait until they’ve had at least 1-2 rounds of boosters to take them out in the general public.
This is a commonly asked question by clients at DogBoy’s, and for good reason! Lingering misconceptions that come from the old days of training tell you to wait six months to a year before you begin.
While that was true then, the current approach to dog training is more flexible and allows you start right away. Force-free methods let puppy training begin at just a few days old, if needed.
Starting Puppy Classes as Soon as Possible is Vital
Puppy classes are some of the most important and effective means of early development. We recommend starting these basic courses as soon as you get your new puppy.
You and your puppy will learn vital skills. More importantly, you will learn how to communicate with each other and develop a bond that will carry into their adult life. Beyond personal growth for you and your puppy, classes expose them to new people, new places, new objects and new dogs, giving them invaluable socialization skills and experience.
Dogs, Puppies, and people can, at times, find it difficult to be alone and content. Unfortunately, for all of us, it is a vital life skill. Most people are not lucky enough to be able to take their dogs with them wherever they go, and are not willing to give up their jobs and social lives to stay at home with their dog.