When can puppies go outside?
Puppies benefit from going outside as soon as possible to start getting used to the big wide world. However, they also need to be kept safe and protected from nasty diseases.
When is it safe to take a puppy out?
It’s a good idea to take puppies outside as soon as possible to get them used to different sounds, smells and experiences. However, they are at risk of catching nasty diseases until after they have had their second vaccinations. Until then, stick to the garden or carry your puppy outside in your arms.
When can a puppy go out in the garden?
Your puppy can go in the garden straight away – provided it’s secure. Make sure there are no holes or broken bits of fence that your puppy could sneak under or through. Reduce the risk of disease and clear your garden of any fox or cat poo before you let your puppy outside. If you have areas of gravel or decorative stone that your puppy may try to play with, or vegetable beds that you don’t want your puppy digging up, it’s a good idea to section these areas off with a temporary barrier.
Did you know that many garden plants are toxic to dogs? But there’s also a number of plants that have beneficial properties. Read more in our guide to creating a dog friendly garden.
When should I take my puppy out to poop?
If you have a garden, you can start toilet training your puppy to go outdoors straight away. If you do not have a garden, you should wait until after your puppy is fully vaccinated. You can ask your vet for advice.
When can you take a puppy out after vaccinations?
Puppies are generally considered to be ‘safe’ two weeks after they have had their second round of injections. If your puppy was vaccinated at 8 weeks, again at 10 weeks, they will be ready at 12 weeks old. Your vet is the best person to advise on this.
When can you take a puppy for a walk?
You should wait until after your puppy has had their second vaccinations before taking them out for a walk. Did you know there are lots of other ways to entertain your dog without leaving the home? Dogs love a treasure hunt in the garden or to follow a scent of treats in the house. You can also carry your puppy in your arms to get them used to the sights and smells of the world outside before they are fully vaccinated.
When can puppies meet other dogs?
You can introduce your puppy to other dogs once they have been vaccinated. If you have another dog, it’s fine for them to be introduced to your puppy in your home. Make sure your other dog has been fully vaccinated.
It can be daunting for puppies to meet other dogs for the first time. They also need to learn how to behave around other dogs to avoid getting nipped or growled at. Puppy school is a good place for meeting other dogs. This will be in a safe environment under the watch of a professional dog trainer.
Likewise, not all adult dogs can cope with an exuberant young puppy so choose the dogs that your puppy meets carefully. Make sure they have plenty of space and can have a break from each other if they need to.If you have a female puppy, don’t forget that until she has been spayed she can get pregnant. Female dogs first come into season at around 4-6 months.
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