Our vet told us we could not take our 10 week old Jack Russell's outside until they are 4 months old so how do we controll them from going all over the house. We are trying to train them potty training and sitting staying down etc
that is the craziest thing I have ever heard. Why would your vet say that, is the pup sick or somthing? My Mini Aussies puppies are outside when they are 5wks old give or take.
They only thing you can do is put him in an x-pen with wee wee pads or paper. Once he is trained to that, he will seek out the paper or wee wee pad to go on. If there is nothing wrong with your dog, then I would seek another vet. There is no reason a 10wk old healthy puppy can not go outside.
Brian, are you talking about your vet saying not to let your puppy on the ground outside of your property? If that is the case, then yes, that can be true, because at 4 months, that is when the puppy has had all of it's shots. But you can certainly let the puppy outside on your property, just keep an eye on him because they do love to chew on things that they are not supposed too.
I'm not sure where you live, but in California, vets like to give a puppy a series of 4 set of shots by the age of 4 months. The first 3 sets are either a 6-1, or a 7-1 (depending on the vet). The shots are given at 6 weeks of age, 8 weeks of age, 10 weeks of age, 12 weeks of age, and the last set at 4 months of age, being the Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and Rabies shot. Shots should be given 1 1/2-2 weeks apart so the puppy can build up immunities to them.
A vet will say it is not good for the puppy to be on the ground outside of the property before 4 months, because they need all of their shots by that age.
You can always hold your puppy in your ams if you want to take him outside the property, but I wouldn't do it until about 3 months old, when they are old enough to have built up alot of their immunities to their shots. Just be careful to not come in close contact with another dog, because kennel cough is airborne. But even when you are careful, you can still run the risk of your puppy becoming sick. It is entirely up to you if you want to take that chance.
Even when you get the Bordetella shot, it can take 1 1/2-2 weeks to fully take affect.
So, have fun, and play on the ground as much as you can with your puppy on your property for now, and you can take him anywherer at 4 months old.
Animals, what animals? My children just have alot of hair!
I've seen a few vets say this. The reasoning is usually that they feel its dangerous for the dog to be outside without being fully vaccinated. I've always let my dogs outside in my yard though and never have a problem. Its probably more of an issue if you live around a lot of wildlife.
The risk is probably very very minimal as long as you confine the dog to your own yard and prevent non-vaccinated dogs from coming into your home/yard. I'd get started on training the dog to potty outside from day one.
Not only have I NEVER heard a vet say this...my vet actually specified the importance of housetraining and gave tips on taking the puppy outside for potty breaks. It's not as if every time you take your puppy out, he is being exposed to several dogs that haven't had their shots and would place him at risk. At least, I think that would be highly unlikely.
I've always found it easier to train a dog the way you want him to be trained the first time, rather than try to break bad habits later.
I agree with what everyone else said - i have never heard a vet say NOT to take a puppy outside. It is a good idea not to let your dog come in contact with other dogs till about 4 montgs of age or untill the puppy is fully vaccinated. :)
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