THE FIRST FEW MONTHS
It is important to know that when you take your puppy home, your puppy will have had only one of three shots required for full vaccination. Before being fully vaccinated, your puppy is susceptible to infectious / contagous diseases that could be extremely harmful, if not fatal.
Choose your Vet carefully. Do not take your puppy to a park, rest stop, fast food area, pet store, etc. until you receive the all clear from your Vet. There are a lot of dogs that frequent those areas and some may be sick. When you take the pup to the vet, keep your puppy on your lap at all times or in a crate. The waiting room is almost always full of sick pets waiting to be seen by the vet.
Socialization is important but be sure that your puppy is introduced to healthy, vaccinated playmates. If you simply can’t wait to take your puppy out before the vaccination process is complete, ask your Vet for a Titer test to determine if the pup’s immune system is primed. This typically takes about 5 days.