My puppy is six weeks old and has only had her first vaccination. I want to start socialising her with other dogs and people, but don't want her to catch any nasty canine diseases.

When is it safe for me to take her to the dog park to socialise with other dogs, do I need to wait until she is fully vaccinated?

What other options are there to socialize my puppy before she is fully vaccinated?

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Its always safe to wait till full vaccination. Taking him to streets or parks is risky without full vaccination.

If you still want to socialize him before full vaccination, then you can make his interaction with known dogs that you know from the neighborhood etc which have had their full vaccination; either at your or their place. Avoid public places.

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  • +1 Socialising them with a known dog in your home is a good option. Also, you can't be totally risk free, you might also be dragging in stuff on the soles of your shoes, etc. – ThomasH Oct 14 '13 at 11:56
  • @ThomasH it depends from person to person. My mom or sister not going to allow me to roam in shoes at all in house. So hygiene should be kept but we can't force it to anybody. – Ankit Sharma Oct 14 '13 at 12:49
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    @AnkitSharma I went through your pot thoroughly and edited it. I think I had misunderstood you. Are oyu happy with this edit?? – Yvette Oct 29 '13 at 14:36
  • @Skippy Post owners get notified in their inbox if a post has been edited, comments like this are unnecessary. – Ash Oct 29 '13 at 14:43
  • @Skippy no worries. – Ankit Sharma Oct 29 '13 at 15:28

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