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Bring puppy to doggie park

King
July 27th, 2008, 05:51 PM
Is it okay to bring a 3 1/2 month puppy to a puppy park? I am going away next weekend to a place with a very large dog whom I know is very very gentle but king has never been with larger dogs so would it be wrong of me to bring him to a park leaving him on a leash walking around with him? Would that be to hard.......

Chaser
July 27th, 2008, 06:15 PM
I would say it's fine to do (on leash) in terms of his ability...good to get out and about and start socializing! BUT, does he have all his shots??? I thought the rabies one was given at 16 weeks (could be mistaken about that).

If he doesn't have them all yet, I would skip the park for now and stick with letting King just meet the dog you know, since you'll know that dog is up to date on vaccinations and like you alreay said, you know he's gentle. That sounds like a very good experience for King in and of itself, and then there's lots of time to get started with socialization once all the shots are done with. :)

King
July 27th, 2008, 06:23 PM
Thank you good to know that King dosen't have all his shots yet he is going for the lipto (if I am saying that right) this week. I will continue to bring king to places that I know the dogs.

Chaser
July 27th, 2008, 06:39 PM
Good plan!:thumbs up It's great you want to start socializing him though - I think starting them young is best. You just have to be careful with who for a little while longer :)

(I would keep him on leash for a while when you do start going to parks though - until he is really well trained with "Come!", and also because some people are not very smart and take poorly socialized dogs to dog parks. Puppies can bring out the prey drive in some bigger, poorly trained dogs. So it's best to be on the safe side!)

King
July 28th, 2008, 04:51 AM
Really with that being said I might not even take King there then he is very small right now he is 3 1/2lbs and very social he will go up to anyone maybe its something I will wait to do in a few years.