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Old 11-15-2012, 11:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Aloha! We will be adopting our first boxer next week. We have been working with a FANTASTIC, amazing, wonderful, beautiful, (I cant say enough good things about) breeder who has helped us hand select a mild tempered puppy from the litter.

We will be training the puppy to be an ESA service animal so we didn't want the highest energy puppy and we already have a male service animal- so we thought it would be best to add a female puppy to our family 'pack'.

The puppy will be coming with her first two rounds of shots and will be getting her third at around 12 weeks. I want to begin to socialize the puppy and introduce her to many different situations, stimulants, etc. but have been paranoid about Parvo and under vaccinating. Is it safe to bring the puppy around other people and dogs after the THIRD parvo vaccination?

Any info would be GREATLY appreciated!
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Old 11-15-2012, 11:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all... Welcome!!! From the pic in your avatar, she is a doll face!!!! Love her Congratulations on your new addition. A boxer will make a great service animal!! Very intelligent breed!!!

I start socialization young but you gotta be cautious where you choose to socialize. Dog parks, etc are germ factories. I would recommended having people come over or something. Maybe just wait until she's 12 weeks ago to start intense socialization. I am no expert so I hope someone else here will have better more detailed advice to give you
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Thanks! I'm excited! My current service animal is a Jack Russell mix so the size will be new to me-

I am so excited to bring Lily home and I will take your suggestion and have people come to our place to help socialize her! Thanks!!!




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Gotta be patient though because Boxers will definitely test your patience but as soon as my Horatio hit 7 months, it's like a light bulb went off in his brain. LOL. He's my social butterfly and he's such a big ole baby. You'll love Lily!!! As babies I would take my pups to pet stores but I don't let them walk around. Just carried them to experience the sights, sounds and smells and meet some people. When in doubt, don't hesitate to ask here or ask your vet. Better safe than sorry
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Yes- I've read that about boxers and I as a mother of two small kids I ooze patience-

After her shots she will basically be accompanying us everywhere as well as doing some formal training. Patience, consistency, and lots of love <3 can't wait to post more pics!


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Hi welcome. Lots of posts around this but in summary....

Just be cautious of where you take your pup. Socialize by:

1.) Carrying the pup around so he can observe and see people and dogs.

2.) Having pup play with dogs you know and trust. Specifically ones that have current shots.

3.) Socializing with people and kids.
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Our boy, Angus, just finished his last shots this past week. We would take him to pet friendly stores but at 28lbs he was way too heavy to carry. We would put a blanket in the bottom of a grocery cart and roll him around the store. Too much fun! I felt silly at first but everyone thought it was adorable! Today is the first day he will actually walk in a pet store-wish me luck!
Also, love the name Lily! That was our chihuahuas name-we just put her to rest in September at 16 and a half. Miss her everyday.
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