Vaccination is hands down essential for all canines and even more important for puppies who are waiting for their first dose. The puppy vaccinations start from 6-8 weeks of age and continue up until 4-6 months. So, before that taking your puppy outside unvaccinated is not advised due to many reasons.
However, this is also the best time for a Spaniel pooch to be socialised properly and hence waiting out this time may leave them unaware of many essential things. Thus, if you have been worried about the same, we hereby present you the 7 safe places to take your unvaccinated Spaniel puppy.
7 Safe places for an Unvaccinated spaniel puppy
Family and friend’s houses, trips to vets, car rides, professional training facilities, home supply stores, etc. rank as some of the safest places to take an unvaccinated puppy when outside.
For more let’s dive right into the topic.
Family and Friend’s house
Probably the best of all options, taking your little runt to your close friend or relative’s house can give them the chance to learn all socialisation skills at one place. And hence develop well.
Unlike your own place, that the pup considers its home and safe haven, taking them to newer surroundings is like testing their boundaries. They come across a new place with so many new faces, new scents, and different things to explore. This gives their little brains a good mental workout, and the overwhelming senses aids them to understand things even better.
A pup party in a fenced yard
Just like meeting humans, Spaniel pups also need enough communication and playtime with other pups. Although the breed is generally friendly and loves to greet other dogs with a happy-go-lucky attitude, some canines may exhibit aloofness which needs to be treated with proper socialisation.
Allowing them to mingle with other same-aged pups will help them appreciate nature’s working better and who knows your pup may also find its bestie from the crowd. However, when introducing your Spaniel to other small canines, make sure the others are properly vaccinated and the whole meet-up takes place in a nicely fenced yard.
While it may seem rather unconventional, you can also plan out a vet trip as a properly managed vet clinic is definitely safe for your little furbaby. They are always cleaned and sanitised and hence amongst the top safe places, vet clinics rank as the third most safe place for an unvaccinated puppy.
There they will not only be able to spend time with their vets, getting used to their touch but may also come in contact with other vaccinated pooches. Thereby enjoying the company of both humans and other animals. Similarly, you will also get the chance to scoop out more information regarding your pet’s health and get lifestyle tips, while on the move.
Car rides also do good if you are worried about your little canine contracting nasty viruses or other deadly pathogens when on a walk. Given that your car is regularly cleaned and not prone to raccoon or other wildlife nesting, you could give your pup a car ride while introducing them to nature, other animals and even humans when stopped at the traffic lights.
A puppy doesn’t necessarily need to interact with a lot of dogs, animals or humans to socialise properly. And hence after a long car ride, you can always park at a spot and let your Spaniel do the exploring, safely from inside the vehicle.
Professional Training Facilities
Now although many pet parents won’t agree to it, professional canine training facilities are also a great place to hang out with your new Spaniel pup. Here you get the chance to allow your pooch to pent off their energy while staying safe within four walls or a fenced yard. When done in a proper setting and under careful observation, this play time could prove to be highly beneficial for the little beast.
What’s more? It may also interest your pup to start learning tricks from a very small age looking at the other dogs.
Home Supply Stores
Another place to take your puppy without having to worry about their health includes places where you go for daily errands. From home supply stores to carrying your Spaniel to the dog mart, there’s a lot of options to choose from. As they are mostly packed at most parts of the day, your woofer will be able to hear and see a lot of things when inside.
But as most stores have a policy of ‘No Pets’ or can be too crowded to let your fur baby walk by itself, you can put them into your cart or basket to ensure their safety. Once you do that, walk through as many aisles as possible and let them inhale the myriad of scents.
Finally, there is nothing better than a fenced yard for a small puppy to socialise safely, if none of the other options are available. Although it does limit their introduction to newer things, a fenced backyard acts best for your Spaniel can run, dig, or do their crazy zoomies without having to worry about anything and anyone.
To make this even more fun you can always add small games, such as hide and seek, tug-of-war or hide their treats in different places so as to encourage them to sniff and get to know their surroundings better.
Why is it so important to socialise a Spaniel puppy?
Even though we pet parents may see no fault in keeping our little woofers constricted to a single living space, many veterinarians and canine behaviourists have differing opinions.
According to them, early socialisation is one of the most essential phases of a pup’s life which should never be ignored. Missing this can make the pup unpredictable to newer situations leading to sudden aggressive or pessimistic phases which is traumatic to both the canine as well as their owners.
Additionally, this notion is also supported by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviour. According to many reports and studies performed by the institution, behavioural issues in a poorly socialised pup is often the leading cause behind their early demise. The same also goes for grown up dogs who depending upon their behaviour could be termed as a ‘threat to the society’ and are either seized from their parents or euthanized in various nations.
What should I do?
As a responsible pet parent, the first thing you will need to do is to ensure that your Spaniel gets enough socialisation time with as many new faces as possible, but in a careful way. It is better to slowly introduce them with all, letting them open up at their own pace. Forcing them never does any good, rather it may make them fearful or snappy by associating bad emotions to these meetings.
Similarly, be extra sure of never allowing your curious little fur baby to mingle with unvaccinated dogs, or letting them wander unattended in places where wildlife visits are common. By doing this you are only risking their life to a plethora of deadly canine pathogens, viruses and diseases that have the capacity to severely hamper their life. It is also better to directly supervise their actions and remove any of the parties from the scene, in case the meet-up doesn’t go well.
Puppies are way too fragile when their vaccinations are not complete and therefore it is not worth taking any risks. No owner wants to witness their little pooches go through excruciating pain and suffering, and so,
“Always take care of your dog. Because even if your whole world falls apart, he will still be there for you.”
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