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Hi, I wonder if anybody can help with a question i have!

We will hopefully be picking up our new puppy sometime in August,and close friends of ours have just announced that they will be getting a Cockador(Working cocker dad X Lab) The same time as us,we were wondering if they will be able to play together in those weeks between bringing them home and being able to walk them,roughly 8-12 ISH WEEKS(am i right?) This would be so lovely as my mum will be getting a pup aswell(From same breeder as myself, Jukee Doodles...hopefully same litter) and all 3 could play together(bit manic!) Spoke to the Vets and they said my pup would be ok to play with my mums as they come from same place,but it would not be able to play with my friends as they are from different breeders,and may carry different germs etc...is this correct? Im a little confused as to where they can and cant go....Would my pup be ok in my garden as soon as she is home?.....THANKYOU!:)
 

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Hi, I wonder if anybody can help with a question i have!

We will hopefully be picking up our new puppy sometime in August,and close friends of ours have just announced that they will be getting a Cockador(Working cocker dad X Lab) The same time as us,we were wondering if they will be able to play together in those weeks between bringing them home and being able to walk them,roughly 8-12 ISH WEEKS(am i right?) This would be so lovely as my mum will be getting a pup aswell(From same breeder as myself, Jukee Doodles...hopefully same litter) and all 3 could play together(bit manic!) Spoke to the Vets and they said my pup would be ok to play with my mums as they come from same place,but it would not be able to play with my friends as they are from different breeders,and may carry different germs etc...is this correct? Im a little confused as to where they can and cant go....Would my pup be ok in my garden as soon as she is home?.....THANKYOU!:)
I don't really know, but I would think its fine (and necessary) for pup to go out in the garden as soon as he's home, and obviously fine to play with your mum's pup .....but to be on the safe side I would agree with the vet and wait till your puppy is fully vaccinated before playing with the your friends cockador. Especially as your friend's pup won't be fully vaccinated either.

Better safe than sorry, they will have plenty of time to play later. :)
 

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Can't answer the bit about introducing the Cockador, I guess see what your friends vet says and go with their judgement.

About introducing all the puppies together, you might want to introduce them slowly. Flounder_1 who is my sister in law has a month younger cockapoo than mine. We introduced them hoping they would get on brilliantly - Well they did, but too well. Their play became too intense it was exhausting both dogs and neither dog would know when to back off and rest.

We had the dog trainer round who said because they were both so young and of similar age they were acting like siblings from the same pack. Their play did not have the manners that dogs normally show of playing politely. The worry was, that this would be their pattern of interaction and play every time they met and we need them to be playful but know when to stop and just be together.

We had to take them back to the beginning and introduce them whilst wearing their leads and control the play so when it escalats into rough, snarling behaviour, we have to intervene. We're getting there and hopefully soon we will be able to share puppies.
 

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Thanks! I thought the Vet would be right of course but just wanted some other advice,Cant wait now to get my pup,will be lovely to see my mums and mine playing together and will post lots of pics im sure! x

Thanks Julie,thats really helpfull to know,so when we do introduce Cockapoo to Cockador i will put her on a lead and go from there! x
 

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Hi Becky

We were told that dogs we knew were definitely vaccinated would be fine but no others and after Beau's first injection we could take her out to socialise and get used to all the different smells and noises but not to let her go on the ground except in our garden as the early weeks are the most important. We took Beau everywhere and spent hours sat outside Pret or Starbucks in Norwich with her on our laps though I think I should have put a hat on the floor and collected money as could have made a fortune from all the people who stopped and cooed over her lol! Anyway Beau is now happy to be around everyone and isn't frightened of strange noises or the car etc. Bet you are really excited now you only have just over a week until you choose your pup :)
 

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Thanks Ali...Cant think of anything nicer than sitting outside with a good coffee and fluffy friend on my lap! x Yes im well excited! Was at at my village fete the other weekend and im sure i saw a blonde Cockapoo there and have also seen it on walks up the road so there must be others in our Tractor county :) Will stop next time and tell them about ILMC!
 

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My vet said that it's fine to socialise with other vaccinated dogs. My friend got a boxer puppy at the same time as I got Lolly and we both go to the same vets. Our vet said it was fine for them to play together in our gardens whilst waiting for their second vaccinations.
To be on the safe side though I would follow the advice of your vet.
 

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I think vets opinion will vary greatly on this one.
Our vets have puppy party's and all the pups are about the same age and have just had their first injection, the main part of the party was for the puppy's to interact and play with each other. This was done in a very structured way with one puppy having a wander around and then the others were added one at a time, if a pup pined another pup down and was growling it was lifted up for some time out and then put down again to play, this was repeated a few times in between advice, how to check your dog over demonstration and all the pup's having their claws clipped.
They did recommend very strongly that you socialized your puppy with dogs that were up to date with their jabs, but only at each others homes, and if the play got too rough that you gave them a time out.
The puppy's at the party had been at their new homes for over a week as our vet will only vaccinate a pup after it has had a week to settle in and shows no signs of ill health, so maybe you could think on the same lines if you are to have them all together. It should be good fun.
As for the garden that is was were we introduced Rosie to Poppy and she has had the run of the garden ever since.
 

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I allowed a friend's vaccinated puppy to come and play with Rufus when I first brought him home. Rufus ended up with a little chest infection and so his final vaccination had to be delayed. It wasn't a major illness and was caught in time - I was aware that his breathing sounded different so took him to the vets. The vet thought perhaps the germs had been brought in by this other puppy. It's a bit like kids at school passing little bugs left right and centre!

Everyone will have a different story. For a lot of folk it was probably absolutely fine to play with other puppies. We were unlucky! Next time round I think I will be more careful. It is only for 4 weeks which feels like an age at the time but before you know it you'll be approaching their 2nd Birthday! Now what shall I get him ....?!!

Karen and Rufus
 

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Thanks guys,at first i thought maybe it would be silly to post asking a question which had been answered by my vet,but it just goes to show that different people give different advice,so will bear this in mind! :) Will be totally puppy proofing my garden soon so she cant get out,We live in the sticks so get all matter of wildlife from Deer to Pheasants..but no Badgers(read in another post these may be a problem) Letting her out in the garden will make toilet training so much easier! x
 
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