Unvaccinated puppies can be safely socialized with fully-vaccinated adult dogs in safe environments like your home. Most puppy classes require proof of vaccination before you can enroll your puppy.

Can my puppy be around vaccinated dogs?

If you have friends with vaccinated dogs, or there are other vaccinated dogs in your household, then your puppy can start mixing with them at home straight away as long as they are otherwise healthy. Just remember to confirm that the other dogs’ vaccines are up to date before arranging a meet and greet!

Can you let an unvaccinated puppy near vaccinated dogs?

Unvaccinated puppies can be safely socialized with fully-vaccinated adult dogs in safe environments like your home. Most puppy classes require proof of vaccination before you can enroll your puppy.

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Can puppies without shots be around other dogs?

Limit your puppy or unvaccinated dog’s exposure to other dogs. Wait until your dog has had his first two vaccinations, unless you are sure the other dogs are fully vaccinated.

Can my puppy meet other dogs before vaccinations?

Socialising puppies before vaccinations: Until your puppy is fully protected by vaccination: don’t allow them to mix with dogs of unknown vaccination status. keep to the limits of your home and garden when letting your puppy explore the world on their own four paws.

Can my puppy meet other dogs after first vaccination

Puppies can meet vaccinated dogs at any age, but if the vaccination status of the other dog is unknown we advise that they don’t mix until 2 weeks after the second vaccination.

When is it safe for a puppy to be around other dogs

Puppies should be at least 10-12 weeks old before they’re ready to start socializing and going outside in public places. This allows them time to get all of their vaccinations and build up their immune system so that they’re not as susceptible to illness from another animal or person.

Can I take my unvaccinated puppy to a friends house?

The majority of vets advise that puppies don’t go outside before they’re fully protected against disease. 

Can my 8 week old puppy go in my garden?

Going Out in the Yard: In mild weather, even newborn puppies can be taken out to your own garden or backyard, as long as they’re supervised and confined to a small, safe area.

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Can my 3 month old puppy play with other dogs?

Your puppy can meet and play with other puppies the same age, as long as those other puppies are kept up to date on their vaccinations and haven’t had contact with unvaccinated dogs. It’s best to schedule play dates at your own home, or the home of the other puppy owner, and to avoid public spaces.

Can I take my unvaccinated puppy out if I carry him?

You can take them out in a carrier, stroller or wagon. You don’t need to walk your puppy to get them out. DO NOT go to dog parks, dog beaches or areas where a lot of dogs congregate. But you can carry your puppy around your neighborhood and allow them to observe dogs from a comfortable distance.

Can my 10 week old puppy be around other dogs?


What age can puppies be around other dogs?

Around 16 weeks or older: The answer is that the best time is right around 16 weeks or older. The rule of thumb is that a puppy should have had at least 2 (and preferably 3) rounds of recommended vaccinations before venturing out.

How do you socialize an unvaccinated puppy?

Socialising Your Unvaccinated Puppy Outside: While your puppy still can be carried, take them out with you daily. This will help them to be exposed to the outside world of noise and seeing things. You can also take them out in a doggy buggy/pram.

Can I take my puppy out before 2nd vaccination?

The only way to make sure your puppy gets the best start in life is to make sure he receives his vaccinations on time and that you avoid taking him out in public until one week has passed from his second vaccination.

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How protected is my puppy after 2nd vaccination?

As long as your puppy is 10 weeks old or older at their second vaccination, they will be immune to distemper, hepatitis and parvovirus one week after this vaccination. So, one week after their second vaccination, your puppy can be walked in public areas, and usually attend puppy classes.

Can I take my puppy outside to pee before vaccinations?

Avoid the yard until your puppy has been vaccinated. Potty training a puppy less than 4 months is a waste of time anyway. They can’t truly hold their bladders until 6 months of age.

Can I walk my unvaccinated puppy on pavement?

On walks, keep to paved surfaces like sidewalks and parking lots. Stay off of grass or dirt trails where the urine or feces of unvaccinated dogs are harder to avoid. Puppies who have had their second round of vaccinations can also visit the beach, just stick to locations or times of day that are less crowded.