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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 05-23-2007, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question Do you walk your puppies?

Duncan will hopefully be done with his immunizations soon so I can take him for long walks.But I was wondering,since I am fortunate to have a big backyard that he runs around in,where do you all walk you dog if you don't have a yard??Especially if their shots are not all done??
Duncan is really starting to show an interested into going in the front of the house instead of being coralled in the back yard!!
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I don't have a puppy yet, so maybe my opinion isn't necessarily the best one, but I've heard from some vets and other owners that it's okay to take them for walks when their shots aren't done yet if it's not on grass. Living in New York City, that's pretty easy for me.

I could be wrong, though...

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Capote's not done with his shots yet but we go everywhere. I'll walk him to the mailbox (which is far in my apartment complex) or around the pool..I'm currently trying to get him used to the car so in the past 2 days that involved going to see my new house **YAE!** and visiting my job...and going to get his rabies shot at the vet. He only threw up on the first trip...so hopefully his lil inner ear will hurry up and develop!
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We have a fairly large back yard,but it is not fenced.We walk our dogs all around town.looking at houses,yards,flowers,parks etc.It is fun actually......

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So since he is not fully vaccinated it should be Ok just to take him in front of the house.There are no stray dogs here and I do not plan on taking him to the park.But all I hear from the vet is to keep him in the backyard till he's fully vaccinated.I am so confused!!
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I think you vet is being overly cautious. There is alot of controversy on where or not vaccines should be given at all. Just like children they need to be exposed to everyday germs to help build their natural immunities. I started walking Sam around the neighborhood and everywhere else we went from day one. (10ks)

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My vet said that we could walk Brutus around the neighborhood if we lived somewhere without strays (which we do) after his 2nd set of shots which he got at 10 weeks. He only walked on the sidewalk. Puppy School in our area will take them after their 2nd week of shots as well.
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I tend to think along the same lines as Debbie...your vet seems overly cautious.As long as you are with your dog,on a leash,he should be fine.Of course if a stray is around,you would probably pick Duncan up anyway.We started leash training day 1 also.It is good for them and you...helps bond,establish you as the boss,teaches them good skills.If I were you I'd hook Duncan up and head out for a neighborhood walk!

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So I just couldn't stand it anymore and took Duncan out today to pick up th girls from school.Boy,was he a big hit!!!!
He was totally wiped when we got back.
After the girls went to bed,hubby took him for a walk around the block.He is out cold right next to me.LOL!!
Do I still have to offer him water after a short walk? We are planning on taking him for a walk between 9-10pm from now on to tire him out a little bit,but if I offer water won't that make him wanna peepee in the middle of the night or early morning???I have to tell you all this 5:30am wake up thing is most definitely for the Birds!!!
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If you are really worried, keep him from sniffing strange places and keep him off damp grass until he is done with his vaccines.

I would recommend that you allow him a good drink after a walk so he can rehydrate himself. He may need a chance to relax for a bit and then a quick opportunity to go urinate before bed, but he probably won't need to do that if he had a good walk and got the chance to urinate on the walk. Don't withhold the water or he may be dying of thirst in the night which will counteract your attempt to get him to sleep through the night. (And then he'll probably need to pee again too.)

You're in a tougher situation with apartment living, but with a good schedule, you'll probably do just fine. It sounds like you are really in tune to Duncan and trying to make sure you do everything right by him.
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