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Old 04-17-2007, 05:28 AM   #1
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hey there, i'm gettin a puppy in 6 weeks time, a little labrador. We live in a ground floor apartment and have a small area of yard and grass which is open to all residents. It is kept clean and no other residents have pets. I know your supposed to keep puppies in for a certain amount of time after you have got them. to stop infections, how long is it you actually have to keep them in for? it seems to be a question i cant find anywhere. I also dont know if it would suitable for me to take him outside in the yard to go to the toilet or just get the puppy pads on the floor in my house. I would have to keep him on the lead in the yard as its not closed off. I know this is alot of questions but the main one is, how long do you keep your dog in the house when they are born. thankyou jen

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Old 04-17-2007, 05:52 AM   #2
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I personally would not put him out in the yard if other dogs have access to it,if other dogs do not go on there I would allow your puppy to use it
There is nothing stopping you taking your puppy out before he has finished his course of vaccinations but you will have to carry him,once he has finished his vaccinations you will be able to take him out,good luck with your puppy
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Old 04-17-2007, 06:05 AM   #3
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Hi Puppies normally get their jabs at 10 and 12 weeks and you can take them out about a week after the second jab. Before hand of course as Travis says you can still socialise the puppy by taking him into busy places in your arms but not putting him down where other dogs have been until after his jabs. Even though none of your neighbours have dogs a stray or strays could still wander onto the grassy area. so it is better to be safe than sorry. Good luck with your new puppy and do let us know how you get on . We love pictures here so perhaps you could post some when puppy arrives.
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This is what normally happens in the uk. Your puppy will have its first jab at about 8 weeks, then the second 2 weeks later, then it can go out from about 10 days after that. Your vet will of course advise you about this when you take him for his jabs. Definately agree you should get your puppy out and about by carrying him (dangers of infection come from other dogs poo mostly), get him used to the sights and sounds of where you live and take him for short car journeys. It is arguable wether or not to allow him on your grassy area, some would say as no other dogs go there it is safe, and important to start his house training. However, you could train him to use potty pads and then move the pads outside when he can go out. What colour is your lab? there so cute, am jelous!

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thanks guys! your all so helpful, it was hard to find this kind of information anywhere, i think its things the breeder and vet might have told me once i got him but i just wanted to get the information in advance. Im so excited, counting down the days till we can go pick him up. I'll post loads of pics when he arrives! just gonna go out now and get loads of things for him, toys blankets bed etc. So thanks again! Jen

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Welcome to DogForum.org.

Parvo virus which can be deadly for pupies and dogs can live in the soil for months so you should have your pup vaccinated against Parvo beofre you leave him outisde for any length of time, and of course have his other shots as well finished before exposure to other dogs, etc.

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Hi jenjupiter, I agree with everyone else, it's best to keep the puppy off the grass, until after his vaccination. We didn't let our puppy on the grass until 8 days after her 2nd jab. But we did let her go on the concrete to do her business straight away, the only other animals that would walk on the concrete were the neighbors cats. But I would disinfect it every day too.

Good luck with your puppy, I know your excitement as I just got my puppy in March. It was fun building up to it, but when we got her it was life changing, it's very hard work, but worth it in the end.
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Great to have you with us.

For safety's sake, it is best to wait a week or so until after the 2nd vaccination to prevent parvo. If you are confident no dogs have used that area for a period of 6 months or more, I'd choose a small location of that yard & keep your pup confined to that small area to do her business until after she's been vaccinated & has built up some immunity.
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Nothing more to add...everyone has replied with excellent advice
I just wanted to say Welcome to the forum
Oh and I wouldn't bother with Puppy Pads...you want the pup to learn that business is to be done outdoors. Have you had a puppy before?
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