1. Socializing later is going to make things harder, period. Your dog is much more likely to end up in a life threatening situation due to inadequate socialization (and ending up rehomed/in a shelter) than due to parvo, which is avoidable if you manage socialization correctly and is highly treatable if caught early.I guess what makes this so frustrating for me is that I see NO puppies being walked by my house and dog traffic is high in my area, just older dogs which is weird. Addtionally my situation is different, parvo is a problem and has killed puppies and adult dogs in my community which is about 100, 000. The situation with parvo is so bad the major media outlet has done stories on it. It is everywhere. I worry about socializing her but I have to out weight the fact that this crazy parvo situation is a major hinderance to this and she is only 9 weeks still, just turning ten. Now I do have people coming in the house, take her on car rides, but the vet seemed wary on the question. They themselves are caught in giving the right answer, they don't know what to say they realize parvo is an issue but also realize you need to socialize their dog. Has anyone here socialized their dog at 16 weeks with success. I've socialized and older dog at 16 weeks with no problem but then again she had a very outgoing temperament and was great around people, and all kinds of situation. But then again I've never owned a poodle before and am not sure how they mature. I really would like to hear from anyone who socialized later rather than earlier, I am socializing in small steps.
The safest is after once the puppy has had all of it's vaccinations. Before that, the pup can go for car rides, or if you hold onto him outside. But personally, I wouldn't take the pup where other dogs have been until you know that he's fully vaccinated. You just never know what other dogs could have. Parvo can be picked up really easy, so don't risk it. Having him out in your own yard is probably okay unless you live in an area where there are rodents around, raccoons, or coyotes, etc. Your puppy will have a lifetime of being outside, so if you're unsure, then it's best not to risk it.At what age did you take your puppy off your property. I'm reading breeders who are almost all in agreement that 16 weeks is optimal unless parvo is in the area?
Agreed, MiniPoo!Me thinks you give up easily. So a wheeled carrier is not your thing. That's fine. How about a soft sided carrier you can use in the car, at the vets, and open the top and put in shopping carts? You think your puppy smelling someone's hand in a store or at the park while sitting/standing in a carrier is still not exciting to her? She has to have her feet on the ground to be socialized? I think not but it's your dog.
Sounds like you are afraid to take your puppy out early even if you are carrying her because you think the risk of parvo is too great. Sorry you feel this way but we each have something we are paranoid about.I've taken everyone's advice and I do appreciate it, because I'm a nurse I probably err on the side of caution, but I was hoping there were other people out there who may have and a parvo epidemic in there area and was wondering how they handled the situation and what they did with advice they received from both vet and breeder. I think my problem is that my city has an outbreak, persistent problem with parvo that is actively killing dogs and precautions are being put in place to protect pups and the like. Hence the need to put off socializing to a little later. I was hoping to hear from someone who may have gone through something similar with parvo and the situation of socializing a little later than normal. Thanks for all the advice I really do appreciate it.