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Bringing a puppy home in San Francisco
I have been around here on and off for the last several months-- everyone was very helpful when my husband and I started looking at breeders, we got set up with the SF Hav Meetup and met a dozen gorgeous dogs and I continue to read posts on here for my many questions. Now we are getting ready to bring a pup home in about 6 weeks (likely; we have visited the breeder, mom, grandma and loved everything, but the pups are only about 3 weeks and we won't meet them for a few more--I don't want to count on it until we've met them because I'm so excited to have an actual date in mind! So, naturally, while your posts are incredible helpful, I would love to get some advice from those of you in the Bay Area (or general advice on where to get good local tips) Our breeder is about 2 1/2-3 hours from here, so, unfortunately, doesn't have great recs in the city. Here are the specific things I'm wondering (for now, I'm sure tomorrow I'll have another 15 questions...)
-I know that final shots aren't usually until 16 weeks or so. We're getting our puppy at 9 weeks and live in the city. We have a backyard, so there will be a safe outdoor space, but wondering what tips people have on socializing puppies that aren't fully vaccinated-- we will want to get him (or her) used to the sights and sounds of the neighborhood, but of course keep him healthy. Is the answer just puppy kindergarden and holding him whenever out in the neighborhood?
-Do you have doggy health insurance? Is it worth it?
Bay Area Specific:
-I would LOVE local recommendations for the following as we don't have many friends locally who are dog owners:
-->A great vet in SF
-->A dog walker/sitter who has puppy experience (for the infrequent occasion we would have to leave the pup for more than a couple of hours, especially at first).
-->Recommended places for puppy kindergarten and obedience training (could be two different places)
Thank you for your help, and I look forward to sharing more about our new family member as we get closer to the date that final decisions will be made!