The myth, and frankly, dangerous, outdated “advice” breeders, rescues and even vets are giving to new owners that puppies can’t go outside until all their vaccines are complete, has reared its ugly head again. (Note: I am not a vet, so there may be specific cases when this applies.) Vets, rescues and breeders who are clinging to the outdated belief that dogs should be prevented from socialization until fully vaccinated are not keeping up with the current research, literature and recommendations from behavior professionals.
In this installment of From The Archives, I revisit this topic. Read it here.
If you have a puppy under 16 weeks of age, schedule your new puppy and socialization consult now before time runs out and you miss the window to do all the important things to help set your puppy up for success as a happy, well-adjusted adult dog.