When Can I Take My Puppy for a Walk?
Adopting a puppy involves a number of responsibilities and care. We must be willing to make a lot of effort in order to have a happy, healthy dog. These include its proper nutrition and exercise. Dogs need to go for a walk to burn calories and relieve tension, especially puppies and young dogs, as they accumulate a larger amount of energy than adults. If not, our dog may start behaving in an inappropriate manner and develop anxiety disorders and stress. However, this poses a question, when can I take my puppy for a walk? You have to follow these rules:
Before you take your puppy for a walk for the first time you must have it de-wormed and make sure it has had all required vaccinations. In general, puppies can be separated from their mother from a month and a half old and begin treatment for de-worming. Puppies acquire a number of parasites through their mother's milk that must be expelled from their body to avoid diseases. Therefore, you should take him to a vet and start the the process of de-worming your puppy, your vet will give you the most appropriate treatment.
Once de-wormed, you can start their first vaccinations. Puppies have a weaker immune system than adults and therefore it is imperative that they are vaccinated to prevent the occurrence of diseases that could probably end their life. The mandatory vaccinations tend to be those that protect your dog against distemper, Parvovirus, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and rabies. If you want to know when to vaccinate your puppy consult this article. However, ask your veterinarian and it will let you know what needs to be done.
When your puppy has had all the mandatory vaccines, you can start to take out. Normally the vaccination process ends between 3 and 4 months of age, so until that point you can't take it out. It is very important that you follow this advice because if you don't your dog may catch some common diseases by being in contact with an infected dog or by ingesting bad food. Among them is the parvovirus which has a much higher death rate amongst puppies than adults.
Once you start walking your puppy you can begin the process of socialisation. Remember this is very important for proper development, so we encourage you to look at our article on how to socialise a puppy with adult dogs and people. Another factor to consider when out for is how long they need for exercise. Puppies need to run and tire themselves out to release any stored energy and not create stress. Therefore, here is an article in which we detail how long a dog needs to exercise from their first outing into adulthood, depending on their size. And if you want to know how to walk your puppy we tell you in this article.
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