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Old 10-20-2007, 04:49 AM
 
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Not taking them around other dogs is like locking yourself behind closed doors because you are afraid of getting sick...poor doggie. #1 Make sure your dog is current on all shots. For puppies that would be about 4 mos but check with your vet. #2 If you are really going around strange dogs alot re booster every 6 months instead of yearly. #3 pick up after your dog..if you see others not then advoid that area as lots of nasty things are transfered in poo [parvo for 1]. #4 Relax & Enjoy!
I have to agree. I know pups that got sick AFTER going to the vet. Thats the only place the owner would take them as a pup because of illness and then the pup ended up with a contagious disease. They do disinfect at the vets but if a dog comes in with an illness they just disinfection that room usually. They are not constantly cleaning the waiting room though. You also don't know if dogs that come in the vet are UTD on shots and things either.

Going to dog shows I sometimes worry about getting things. I just make sure mine are UTD, in good health, ect. That lessons your risk tremendously.

I don't like dog parks either though. Too many unregulated irresponsible owners congregating generally. They bring sick dogs and aggressive dogs.
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Old 10-21-2007, 12:10 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Some of you know my Spot had a hard beginning. When I first got him, he was terrified of almost everything. He needed more help than I was qualified to give him; so he had us and a trainer. Part of his training was to take him everywhere we went. At first he was always in a crate and leashed. Now he will follow us anywhere. He knows the words car, trip, and go. If you say the words, he will get tired of waiting and bring you his leash. He is offended now if we leave him at home. If I go somewhere he can't go, he waits in the car. Spot likes it when cold weather comes. It means he can go all the time.
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Old 10-21-2007, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Some of you know my Spot had a hard beginning. When I first got him, he was terrified of almost everything. He needed more help than I was qualified to give him; so he had us and a trainer. Part of his training was to take him everywhere we went. At first he was always in a crate and leashed. Now he will follow us anywhere. He knows the words car, trip, and go. If you say the words, he will get tired of waiting and bring you his leash. He is offended now if we leave him at home. If I go somewhere he can't go, he waits in the car. Spot likes it when cold weather comes. It means he can go all the time.
That's the main reason I began socializing my dog young, and have always taken him places with me... even if he just waits in the car while I'm at Safeway, it's a bonding thing & helps with his social behavior. He's a naturally shy dog, so it's very important for me to expose him to new people & experiences. You simply cannot keep a dog sheltered forever, much like human children. Sure, your kid might catch a cold or chicken-pox at the playground, but is that a good enough reason to keep them inside and alone?
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Old 10-21-2007, 09:37 PM
 
Location: California
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Old 10-22-2007, 08:59 AM
 
Location: California
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I am sorry that it's off topic,I was just trying to help.I apoligize for this.
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