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    Hi Guys was just after your thoughts regarding taking a 9 week old labrador camping? I have had mixed opinions from people. I rang the local vet nurse for there her opinion and she advised against it because he wouldn't be fully vactinated yet but having said that she said there isn't a lot of parvo around these days. I have spoken with a friend who is a vet nurse and she said she would but just to keep a close eye on him so he doesn't go sniffing around the bush. Im the type of person who would be watching him like a hawk so im not worried that he will wonder off I actually think it would be great to take him as he will get lots of attention from family and friends and have lots of people to play with. Where we are going is a flat camping ground so not not much bush around the site. Any opinions would be great. Thanks

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    Socialisation for pups is very important and if camping is something you do regularly then I would definitely be endeavoring to take your pup along while it is still under 16 weeks (end of critical socialisation period) and get it used to being in that environment.

    If you are worried about parvo choose an area to go camping where there have been no recent reported incidents or outbreaks and choose somewhere that is not necessarily hugely popular with dog people. And be vigilant, know your pup and watch out for early signs of illness.

    Your pup would have had at least 1 vaccination right? And wouldbe due for the 2nd soon?

    ETA - Re: Parvo. Being close to or not close to bush has no effect on parvo. It is a virus that can live in dirt for up to 12 months after an infected dog has been there.
    The only difference bring near bushland may have is ticks, but just make sure your pup has had a recent tick preventative and do regular and thorough checks (at least once a day) as tick preventatives are rarely ever 100% (if ever), this includes every nook and cranny of the dog (under dew claws, in between the pads on the feet, in the ears etc) as ticks will find warm, dark spaces to hide in.
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    I'd take him for sure !

    Especially if your a regular camper. I take a collapsable crate that looks out the front of the tent so my guy can see whats going on but is out of the way while we do the cooking, camp fire things where he may get in the road or even hurt. He sleeps in it aswell because sharp puppy claws and air beds just dont mix
    Just remember tents get bloody hot during the day and to bring in his food bowls at night because Goannas, feral dogs/pigs and other animals are attracted to food left outside of a night time.


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    Thanks for the feed back I think we might take a couple of big tarps and he can have a run around on that so he doesnt have to much direct contact with the dirt, and good idea with the puppy cage as well

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    If you're located in australia i don't think we get ticks here? i'm not sure but i heard we didn't.. i wanted to take my puppy camping when she was only on her first vac but my dad didn't let me. lol. It would of been great because the family we went with had kids and other dogs that are animal socialized. And i know they are well looked after so i wasn't worried about my puppy getting anything. Next time i will take her for sure! I hope you're puppy enjoys his/herself.

    EDIT: Oh and i think camping is a great idea at this age to teach your dog to stay with you when she is off the lead, but ofcourse if your going for a walk or something take the lead obviously. lol.

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    Ohhh yes we get ticks here.

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    Go for it I say. I take 9 week old puppies away to shows because that's what they need to get used to.

    When I was younger and into camping more I took our 7 week old Kelpie pup away with us, she had a great time and became a good camper. We were camping pretty remote not in caravan parks or anything so she didn't come across strange dogs.

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    I would discuss it with your puppy's breeder. There's plenty of parvo around in the more "feral" areas of Adelaide - where you get a lot of owners who don't vaccinate or desex (so more unvaccinated puppies). It depends where you're camping. Maybe phone a vet near the area you're going camping. Ie the vet in the nearest town and ask about Parvo. If they say the area is clear, I'd be happy to take that as an ok.

    What I think I'd do is ask the breeder to hang on to the puppy for the time I'd be camping and start up when you get back. An extra couple of weeks socialising with other dogs and the breeder's family would be good too. A daily fee of around $20 would be fair to offer if the breeder wants it - because that's what commercial boarding that you won't get with an incompletely vaccinated puppy would cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kelpielover View Post
    If you're located in australia i don't think we get ticks here? i'm not sure but i heard we didn't.. i wanted to take my puppy camping when she was only on her first vac but my dad didn't let me. lol. It would of been great because the family we went with had kids and other dogs that are animal socialized. And i know they are well looked after so i wasn't worried about my puppy getting anything. Next time i will take her for sure! I hope you're puppy enjoys his/herself.

    EDIT: Oh and i think camping is a great idea at this age to teach your dog to stay with you when she is off the lead, but ofcourse if your going for a walk or something take the lead obviously. lol.
    If you live inland like i do, and maybe you do too, there are no ticks, but anywhere coastal or in the more warmer/humid areas there are many ticks and they can be devastating to your dog. So be careful where you travel with your puppy. I am in the Southern Riverina and there are no ticks here. Not sure where you are

    I would be taking care and taking my pup camping, just like K&P I work at socialisation above all else with care taken to keep my puppies healthy.......
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    We are heading to Rubicon in VIC not sure if many people know the area or have been there. I have spoken with the vet and they said there wasnt much parvo around these days and so did the breeder which made me feel better. I think i will still ring the local vet around the area though and ask about parvo cases in the area, unfortunately i couldn't find much on the computer. For people that are campers what have you found to be the best tick proventitive?

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