Puppy Vaccination & Socialization Recommendations

With my experience working with reactivity, and then directing my focus on puppies and prevention, I can personally attest to the importance of early positive exposure! Studies and research supports this info. Please read the following sources and take heed! Do your research, too and find training facilities and trainers that safely work on appropriate socialization for puppies. If you have questions, feel free to comment and contact me!

Dr. Meghan Herron DMV Puppy Culture

“Recently there was a study where they looked at over 1,000 puppies who attended a puppy
socialization class, and the minimum requirement being they started class 7 days after their
first set of vaccines. And wouldn’t you know, not a single one of them had a case of parvo?
Out of over 1,000 puppies. So really the risk of infectious disease, if you’re following that
minimum requirement of vaccinating that puppy 7 days before the start of class, is miniscule.
Yet the risk of their developing a behavior problem from a lack of socialization during that
very critical time is substantial.” Dr. Meghan Herron DVM – Director, Behavioral Medicine
Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Puppy Culture. Madcap Productions, 2015.


“If you attend puppy training or socialization classes, be sure the instructor takes the following precautions:

  • The puppy school should require each puppy’s vaccine records, to make sure all the puppies are in the process of receiving veterinary care and proper protection from either catching or spreading disease.

  • A puppy with any signs of illness (such as lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or an increased temperature) should be disallowed from attending class.

  • There should be equipment on hand so that every “accident” that a puppy has in class can be quickly cleaned up with a proper antibacterial solution.”

~ Nancy Kerns.

“Puppy Vaccines: Why Your Puppy Needs So Many Shots.” Whole Dog Journal, October 2016 Issue.

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“In general, puppies can start puppy socialization classes as early as  7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up-to-date on vaccines throughout the class.”

“…the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior believes that it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such* socialization before they are fully vaccinated.”

“*exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior.”

– American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB).

Puppy Socialization Position Statement. 3 Oct 2014.

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