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    Default At what age can Duke go outside?

    We got our little boy Duke (golden cocker spaniel) on the weekend and he is 8 weeks old. I was wondering when can he go outside in my backyard? I know he can't go for walks or to the park until he is fully vaccinated but is my back yard ok, supervised of course!


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    Backyard is fine now at 8 weeks.

    When we have a litter at home they have outside time in our yard much earlier than that to get them used to the big wide world before they go to their new homes.

    Of course no further than that until fully vaccinated though as you said.

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    If you know other people who have vaccinated dogs, you can organise play dates with them before your puppy's last vaccination takes (2 weeks after) and it's also worthwhile to organise puppy pre-school now. I went to my favourite vet for puppy pre-school, he's also president of my dog training club. It's worth asking around for a good puppy pre-school because some are better than others. You could also ask your puppy's breeder to recommend one.

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    I am like Hya, i find dogs as soon as i get my puppy home of every age and size to socialise with. Same with people. i encourage everyone to pet and play with my puppies. People of every age, size and creed. I try very hard to make sure everyone's dog is vaccinated. But to me socialising is more important then anything. Dogs are more likely in todays society to be PTS for being unfriendly and not social then dying form a disease.
    I am not silly and do pick the places i take my puppies. It is nice clean places and not doggy parks. But to me those first eight weeks at home are so very important.
    When I have had my newfie pups (and all others) I have taken them to shopping centers, railway stations and on the side of busy roads. we have been in areas where there have been lots of kids and noisy people, I love markets and Events. I have made all these experiences fun and happy places to be. It has turned all our puppies into confident happy adult dogs.
    I think vets have it wrong when they say to keep puppies indoors in those early weeks. it makes for tense and anxious dogs. Up to date trainers and behaviourists recommend this. And many vets do to........
    Pets are forever

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    Just wanted to say I agree with Newfie and I am exactly the same, my dogs start getting socialised outside of the backyard from the day I bring them home, I am obviously smart about where I take them though.

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    Thanks heaps for the advice! I'm sure little Duke will be very happy to hear he can leave the house, i feel sorry for him being couped up in there all day.

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    You may also want to limit exercise to about 5 minutes per month of age, ie he can run round like a mad thing with you encouraging him for ten minute and then he (his growing bones and joints) will need a rest whether he knows it or not, so invite him to sit down with you for a calm pat and cuddle.

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    Thanks for the tip Hyacinth, I did wonder how much was enough!

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