This is a difficult period for new puppy owners – because they need to spend as much time socialising their puppy to his new life as possible but at this age, he is not yet fully vaccinated. It is a bit of a balancing act – but the benefits of socialisation are too important to ignore especially given that one of the major causes of death in dogs under two years old is not disease but euthanasia because of behaviour problems*. Your puppy’s vaccination status doesn’t stop you taking him out and about – he just has to be carried, and should only meet dogs whose vaccination status you are 100% sure about. It also doesn’t stop you inviting people to come and meet him at home and in the garden, him going out in the car, or him being carried around the town.

*McKeown and Luescher (1988), Heath (1992), Appleby et al (2002 and 2004), Wells (1996), Overall (1997), Dreschel (2010) ad nauseum