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Old 12-27-2012, 02:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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As long as he has the 1st set of shots? but I was just told not to start in class by 2 people, until my pup has all sets of shots and maybe the rabies shot as well?
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As long as he has the 1st set of shots? but I was just told not to start in class by 2 people, until my pup has all sets of shots and maybe the rabies shot as well?
If you've had the 1st set and are going to a puppy class at some place like PetSmart where they sanitize the training area before puppy classes you "should" be ok. There is always a risk, but I personally thing the risk of losing out on the socialization early on is also a bad thing. Bruno started puppy class at 10 weeks. I can't wait for him to graduate as he's starting to get big and we carry him from the car to the class area inside the store and the same thing on the way out. He'll actually graduate a day before his final shots.
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We took rusty to pet smart puppy class with only his second set of shots. All the others had their shots and the trainer said he would be ok as long as we got the third round when they were due. Rusty was fine and we had no issues with him getting sick or anything like that.


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Nikki was in training at 10 wks with just her second shots too. We were at a training school though. I would worry with pet smart as dogs go there that may not have their shots... Not for training but shopping Where we went all the dogs needed proof of vaccinations so everyone was ok. They also needed to be with you for 2 wks to make sure they didn't develop parvo or anything.


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Where do you take Nikki for training? I know you're not far from us. We go to McCanns and start Grade2 on January 14th. My Mother-In-Law paid for Grade 2 for my Christmas gift. The best gift!!!


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We go to scholars in collars in Burlington. We have finished their 3 classes now and do agility through art of dog. In the winter its at scholars but in the summer it's in caledon

That's a great present!!! I love doing classes with Nikki. It's great one on one. I've heard McCanns has a great grade 2! My level 2 was clicker training and level 3 was introducing them to agility and and walking around the other dogs on leash. Nikki was never off leash until agility.


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Nikki was in training at 10 wks with just her second shots too. We were at a training school though. I would worry with pet smart as dogs go there that may not have their shots... Not for training but shopping Where we went all the dogs needed proof of vaccinations so everyone was ok. They also needed to be with you for 2 wks to make sure they didn't develop parvo or anything.


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That's why Bruno gets carried from the car to the training area in our PetSmart. They require all dogs in the normal classes to have full vaccinations and puppies must have at least the first round (proof is required). They also sanitize the enclosed training area between classes. Bruno's paws don't touch the ground till we're inside the area, and he's carried back out as well. I'm sure there's still a small risk of course, but at least everything reasonable is being done to ensure there isn't an incident.
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As long as he has the 1st set of shots? but I was just told not to start in class by 2 people, until my pup has all sets of shots and maybe the rabies shot as well?
It's a "crap shoot"

Puppies get a series of shots because the immunity they received from their mothers wears off sometime between 6-16 weeks. Each puppy can lose it's immunity from mom at a different time. By giving a series of 4 shots 3-4 weeks apart, one of them should "take" and provide immunity. It could be the first, second, third or fourth shot. You wouldn't know unless you ran titers (blood tests) in between the shots. They do not continue to build immunity with each booster.

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That's why Bruno gets carried from the car to the training area in our PetSmart. They require all dogs in the normal classes to have full vaccinations and puppies must have at least the first round (proof is required). They also sanitize the enclosed training area between classes. Bruno's paws don't touch the ground till we're inside the area, and he's carried back out as well. I'm sure there's still a small risk of course, but at least everything reasonable is being done to ensure there isn't an incident.
I used to do that with Nikki too. I was so worried she would pick something up. Now she only pees and poops in my backgarden.. A couple times she will but normally we get home and I let her out back to pee lol. You can't win..


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Expert’s agree the most effective time to socialize is between the age of 3 and 16 week’s.
I don’t know what your long term goal is. We are very social, we have kid’s and lot’s of kid’s coming and going and wanted Max to share every moment of our lives. So we chose to start socializing him the day we brought him home at 8 week’s. We weren’t completely careless of course but he went everywhere we went including walk’s in the wood’s and to the pet store. He started puppy class at 10 week’s. My goal was to expose him to as many site’s and sound’s and thing’s as I could.
Some may say that was careless. Either way, he is almost 2 now. Combined with a lot of training I did myself, I can say he goes potty in the rain or snow, never blinked at eye for his first firework show, could careless about storm’s and while he sound’s like he is going kill somebody if the doorbell ring’s, I don’t have to worry about the neighbor’s kid who walks through it.
I might have had a different opinion had he gotten sick but he didn’t. There is a wealth of people who believe in a more holistic approach and don’t vaccinate or rely on medication’s for all the other health issues you have to consider like flea’s, tick’s and heartworm’s.
No one can promise you anything though. You really need to decide for yourself. Poor socialization is at the top of the list of reason’s why pet’s are abandoned so I think you need to ask yourself what is your long term goal and find an answer that provides a balanced solution.
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