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    So I read in a link Hyacinth gave to me that puppies need to meet at least 100 different people (men, women and children) before they reach a certain age to ensure they are sociaised properly.

    My concern was that we were very new to our area and didnt know many people. So far Poppy has only met a handful of different people...

    Soooo I was wondering if bringing her into work one afternoon (when I am not rostered on) would be a good experience for her? I work with children from Prep-Year 12 and of course adult staff members. Would this be tooooo over whelming for her?

    TIA!

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    Gosh Amy, I wouldn't be taking that info so literally. I don't think many ppl are in a position to ensure their pup has been socialised with at least 100 ppl etc. Just do the best you can. Puppy school, walks, dog parks etc, friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Gosh Amy, I wouldn't be taking that info so literally. I don't think many ppl are in a position to ensure their pup has been socialised with at least 100 ppl etc. Just do the best you can. Puppy school, walks, dog parks etc, friends.
    Ahhh! Ok!

    Here I am making a list and counting all the people she has met!

    We start puppy preschool on the 5th of March. She will be about 12 weeks then.

    She has met a few of our friends and the mecahnic who came to service our car!

    I'm wary of dog parks/public places atm because she has only had one needle and there is apparently cases of parvo in our area. But after 2 weeks after her 2nd vac I might try and get her out and about more!

    Do you think the children will be too much for her? I know they would love to meet her anyway!

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    i think she'd adore all the attention!
    but your the best judge of what shes like around strange kids
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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Ahhh! Ok!

    Here I am making a list and counting all the people she has met!

    We start puppy preschool on the 5th of March. She will be about 12 weeks then.

    She has met a few of our friends and the mecahnic who came to service our car!

    I'm wary of dog parks/public places atm because she has only had one needle and there is apparently cases of parvo in our area. But after 2 weeks after her 2nd vac I might try and get her out and about more!

    Do you think the children will be too much for her? I know they would love to meet her anyway!
    Puppy pre-school will give her some good socialisation.

    Yeah, no parks etc until fully vaccinated, and you have it right. Give it two weeks after final vaccination before taking her out and about to those places.

    Would I take the puppy to school? Hell no. Not at this stage -yet. But that's just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amy86 View Post
    Ahhh! Ok!

    Here I am making a list and counting all the people she has met!

    We start puppy preschool on the 5th of March. She will be about 12 weeks then.

    She has met a few of our friends and the mecahnic who came to service our car!

    I'm wary of dog parks/public places atm because she has only had one needle and there is apparently cases of parvo in our area. But after 2 weeks after her 2nd vac I might try and get her out and about more!

    Do you think the children will be too much for her? I know they would love to meet her anyway!
    Parvo is quite bad around here unfortunately. The last case I heard of was 5 weeks ago in Ipswich. My vet told me about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Puppy pre-school will give her some good socialisation.

    Yeah, no parks etc until fully vaccinated, and you have it right. Give it two weeks after final vaccination before taking her out and about to those places.

    Would I take the puppy to school? Hell no. Not at this stage -yet. But that's just my opinion.
    Maybe when she is a bit bigger then? Around the 16 week mark?

    Her 2nd vac won't be her final one. She will have another at 16 weeks (I think) should I be waiting till 2 weeks after the 3rd vac? I was under the impression that 2 weeks after the 2nd vac would be ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by Poppyx View Post
    i think she'd adore all the attention!
    but your the best judge of what shes like around strange kids
    I have no idea what she is like around strange kids! She hasn't met ANY kids! I worry that it would be too much for her and she would associate children with a negative experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Parvo is quite bad around here unfortunately. The last case I heard of was 5 weeks ago in Ipswich. My vet told me about it.
    My assistant who has lived around here for forever told me there was a lot around here and that scared me!!!

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    Amy, whether you take her into school is your decision. I have said I wouldn't, but maybe 100 ppl here will tell you they would. You do what seems right to you.

    If you are in an area that has had recent outbreaks of parvo, I wouldn't be taking her anywhere at risk until she is fully vaccinated.

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    I think that the meeting 100 people thing is crap, all my dogs would never do that in a lifetime. I feel socialising them when it suits them and you is the way to go in whatever situation you can, eg I arranged a friend with young kids to come here, if a farmer friend visited I asked them to come to the 1 month old pups pen to socialise them etc etc. Just do it in conjunction with what is normal for you and your dog, eg it would not be in the least normal for me to do walkies on a lead and meeting other dogs.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    Parvo is quite bad around here unfortunately. The last case I heard of was 5 weeks ago in Ipswich. My vet told me about it.
    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.

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