Q: My puppy hasn’t had all it’s shots yet…is it safe for my puppy to attend?
A: This is a great question! In consultation with several veterinarians on this topic, we’ve agreed that the risks of illness while they are in the vaccination cycle are generally minimal in this supervised environment, and the benefits of early socialization far outweigh the risks of a pup not being socialized early enough. Read this article from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior about this important topic.
At Pooch Pawsitive, we are committed to the physical, emotional and behaviorial health of your pup and do everything possible to keep conditions safe for all pups! Know that all pups are in the same situation as your pup… most pups have some immunity from their mother and have had at least one set of shots when they come home to you at 8 weeks of age. Assuming that you take your pup to the vet right away, they likely get another round of shots.
We require that your pup have at least one DHPP shot and a negative fecal test (which checks for Giardia) from your own veterinarian (not the breeder or rescue). If your dog tested positive for Giardia, then you must have started treatment at least one week before starting Preschool and give your dog a bath before coming to class. Most dogs are also dewormed, and these dewormers also treat Giardia (Drontal, Flagyl). If/when you opt for the Bordatella vaccine, you must wait 72 hours from vaccination to attend any of our programs, including preschool, classes or puppy socials.
The Socialization Period goes from 3 – 16 weeks and it’s imperative that your pup get socialized during this time! If we wait until a pup has had all it’s shots by 16 weeks, then we’ve missed this important Socialization Period.
It’s been well documented that the risk of a dog being surrendered to a shelter due to behavior problems is very high if they haven’t been well socialized and received some basic training while they are young. Let’s get your pup off to a great start!