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All shots needed before walking outside??
Hi all, I need your help!
I brought home Maisie 8 days ago, she is now 12.5 weeks old. She just had her second shots 5 days ago, and will be due for the final ones in 3.5 weeks. I'm feeling very confused and torn about whether I can start walking her or even letting her play outside yet, since she hasn't had her third set of shots.
There seem to be two very different schools of thought about this, but I worry that my particular situation may be an important consideration. I live in a high-rise in a very high density area in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Pretty much any grass or sidewalk around here is travelled by many dogs. There is a very large park a block away but it has many raccoons and skunks. The skunks also venture into the neighbourhood as well.
The breeder told me not to let her onto the ground until she's had all her shots. The vet said socialization is more important. However she is located in an area of mainly houses where people have backyards. She wasn't a very good listener and so I didn't leave feeling satisfied that she had really understood my situation.
What should I do?! I take Maisie out for walks in my arms and she loves meeting new people, but she seems so desperate to get down and run around! It feels unnatural to me not to let a young pup run and play in the grass. It also is making house training more complicated. We are working on getting her to use P pads in the apartment, but my eventual hope is that she will be almost exclusively using the outdoors.
Thank you for your insights! I'm really hoping the consensus is to let her start playing in the grass, but of course I don't want her to become very ill.