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Thanks so much for all your thoughts! I really appreciate them.
I realize there's contradicting advice regarding socialization and vaccinations, but so many things I've read really emphasize socialization, socialization, socialization! I want to do my best to protect this puppy, though, so that's why I plan to use the carrier and won't put him down in any public spaces. Thus my thought that maybe I'll go back to my car and let him try to potty every hour, if we're out and about.
Then there's the added twist that Havanese are a vaccine sensitive breed, too, so if I follow Jean Dodds' protocol, the puppy won't have his second set of shots until 14 weeks, when the window of socialization is already starting to close. If I wait until all 3 shots are complete, he'll be 18 weeks, and pretty much that window will be gone.
Such hard decisions!
KarMar, you bring up interesting points. I do plan to leave puppy at home in the beginning for short periods of time to get him used to it. I apologize if I made it sound like I will bring him with me EVERYWHERE, but don't worry, I won't bring him places where he's not allowed. I was thinking of taking him to outdoor malls, downtown Main Street, to the school to pick up my kids, etc. I just wonder if we're out longer than the roughly 1 hour "potty window," what I should do. Maybe I'll keep the first outdoor socialization trips short and sweet so that it doesn't become an issue!