Roscoe and Stella's Mom
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Miami, FL
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Personally, I didn't let Roscoe's or Stella's little paws hit the ground outside until they'd had 3 shots. I'd rather be safe than sorry.
Train your puppy with the "go potty" command using pee pads indoors, it should be a fairly easy transition to outside once all the necessary shots have been done. Roscoe got it right away, I put him on the grass the first time, told him "go potty", he looked at me for a couple seconds like I was totally crazy, but I encouraged him, and he went. Lots of praise, and after a few walks outside he was a total pro!
Edited to add that, like Karen, I allowed them to interact with other dogs I knew were 100% up to date on vaccinations. They also played with the kitty at the vet's office. I live in a condo, so my own backyard doesn't exist - I would be cautious about your backyard if you know coons and the neighbor's cats are often in your yard. You may want to find out from your neighbor if the cats are totally vaccinated. If not, I'd say it's not worth it. Or let puppy in the back yard on a short lead, so you can see that she's not getting into anything. The only worry is that she can track in fecal debris on her paws, lick it off, and get sick. My friend's puppy recently died of distemper, even though she was up to date on vaccinations for her age, she wasn't fully vaccinated, and the disease was still able to proliferate.
IMO, it's always better to err on the side of caution.
Natalie - Roscoe and Stella's mom, Maddie's part-time mom
"Whoever said you can't buy happiness forgot about little puppies." - Gene Hill
Last edited by galaxie; 11-03-2010 at 03:52 PM.