04-08-2014, 07:47 AM
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Originally Posted by GCB2108
We just got our first puppy, and lurking on this site has been a huge help in developing an approach to raising him. I am posting because I read such conflicting things about starting puppy classes. My vet doesn't want me to begin until a week after his second rounds of vaccines, but organizations like the ASPCA and the AKC say that the 8-12 week socialization window is so critical that one week after the first round is fine, even if full immunity hasn't yet been developed. I have a hard time seeing how going to a clean, well run class with other puppies would be more of a problem than say, going to the vet's, but I'm really conflicted about how to weigh the respective risks. We know someone who's (not yet vaccinated) puppy got parvo, and though she survived, it was a horrific ordeal.
There are lots of opportunities for new experiences around the farm, and we're making a point of introducing him to people, but I'm worried that he'll grow up not really knowing how to behave around other dogs unless I'm proactive in socializing him.
Thanks for any advice, and sorry if this topic has been thoroughly hashed out.
I didn't take Sam to an organized class but I socialized the crap out of him. I got him 2 weeks before Christmas-and that means parties. I told this to people and of course they wanted to oogle the new pup. There were resident dogs of various ages (between 1-14) at all the houses, so he got a GREAT array of dogs to socialize with. We met our first "puppy" that was Sam's age when we got back to Florida at 11 weeks-and Apollo is Sam's best friend now-they're inseparable now 4 months later. They play almost every day. So I don't think you need puppy class by any means if you take the initiative yourself-people always comment to me about how friendly Sam is-but the class is a good option if you don't know a lot of people with dogs.