When can puppies go outside for the first time?
Confusingly, the guidance can be contradictory. However, the general rule of thumb is that puppies shouldn’t fully mix with other dogs or enter the world at large until two weeks after their second set of injections. This allows the vaccines enough time to fully protect your puppy.
Vets often recommend that puppies stay at home for those early months, in order to avoid catching a potentially fatal disease or virus. However, dogs are most receptive to socialisation between six and 13 weeks old; after this time they become wary and fearful of the outside world, which can lead to aggression.
A compromise that some vets and pet experts have agreed on is to take your puppy out as much as possible around ten days after the first set of injections – but only under close supervision. In these very early weeks you should avoid grassy areas that other dogs might have used as a toilet, as this will minimise the risk of catching anything nasty. Ideally, you should also try to avoid unknown dogs.
Some vet practices or training schools hold socialisation classes for vaccinated puppies, which are a great way of letting your curious canine explore the world in a safe environment.