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    Quote Originally Posted by Loeka View Post
    Eek. My vet didn't mention it but thanks for the info. She just warned me of Kennel Cough. Which he had anyway - a parting gift from RSPCA ; ) I've heard scary scary stories about parvo though never experienced it myself.
    I go out of my way to ask and be updated of locations where it's occurred. I personally don't know how effective the vaccinations are and I don't want to risk it at all. I've heard stories of people having vaccinated animals that pick up parvo too.

    Too much knowledge can be a bad thing as well though. I'm paranoid about it now and avoid areas where I've been told Parvo has happened. There are places I've never been back to and I'll even go out of my way to avoid them when I'm walking on my own just in case I bring it back here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    I go out of my way to ask and be updated of locations where it's occurred. I personally don't know how effective the vaccinations are and I don't want to risk it at all. I've heard stories of people having vaccinated animals that pick up parvo too.

    Too much knowledge can be a bad thing as well though. I'm paranoid about it now and avoid areas where I've been told Parvo has happened. There are places I've never been back to and I'll even go out of my way to avoid them when I'm walking on my own just in case I bring it back here.
    Can you let me know of these NO GO zones? I'm paranoid too...if you hadn't already noticed!

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    Amy86

    I don't think you have to get your puppy to meet 100 people in one session. But a few every day is what you're looking for. And it is tricky to balance the socialisation with the vaccination timing. Just do the best you can.

    I take Frosty past a Primary school, we go around the edge of their playground and sometimes kids come out to ask if they can pat her. Usually it's a manageable number of kids. Two or three is fine, eight at once is a bit scary for both of us, but I just organise them to take turns. Most primary school kids haven't the attention span to hang around very long.

    You're really not going to be able to do much until the vaccinations are done. And then get right into it. Local sporting events like cricket or soccer or baseball are good - provided you avoid where the sport itself is and stick to the spectator areas. You just let your puppy be cute, and people will want to say hello and work from there. A few at a time, and you can approach or leave depending on your dog's response.

    There's a few sports grounds where I am that are ok for dogs on lead when there is sport on ie you can have your dog and your beer and watch the local cricket club side.

    Our dog club also recommended streets or areas with shops. You can't go into a shopping mall but some areas with lots of shops along a street have lots of people and you can practice there too. Start at the "edge" and work in as far as your dog can handle it. I haven't done this much with Frosty because these places are usually near busy roads and she hates busy roads. And I'm not sure I want to teach her to be ok with busy roads.

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