Learn more about why puppy socialisation matters and how you can best protect your puppy from parvovirus.
How to Protect Puppies from Parvovirus?
By bringing your puppy to a reputable puppy school that requires proof of parvovirus vaccinations, including Vetwest’s Puppy Preschool program, you can be confident that your puppy can socialise and build skills in a safe environment.
Why is Puppy Socialisation Important?
Dogs are intelligent animals with unique personalities and characteristics. Just like humans, puppies and adult dogs are shaped by experiences and interactions. In order for dogs to develop healthy and desirable behaviours, proper socialisation is important. Simple experiences before the age of 16 weeks can greatly impact future behaviour and long-term development. By exposing your puppy to a multitude of scenarios that they’re likely to encounter as an adult, you can help your puppy develop healthy and confident responses that shape them into friendly and sociable dogs.
What Age is My Puppy Safe from Parvo?
Though your puppy may be fully vaccinated, it’s wise to deter them from smelling the faeces of other dogs or animals to limit potential contact with materials that may be contaminated by parvovirus.
First Symptoms of Parvo in Puppies
How Can I Socialise My Puppy Without Risking Parvovirus?
Parvovirus can be life-threatening for young dogs. If your puppy is yet to have their first vaccination, it’s important to keep them away from other dogs and out of public places in order to minimise exposure to the virus. Play with your puppy indoors and incorporate toys and games to keep them engaged. After their first vaccination take them on car trips, meet new friends and family and even bring them to meet a fully vaccinated dog in a safe, uncontaminated and contained environment. If your puppy is meeting another dog, make sure that an unvaccinated dog or a dog with parvo hasn’t been in the environment before and if unsure keep them off the ground by holding them. Once your puppy receives their first vaccination, you’re able to bring them along to puppy school.