Between 3- 8 weeks puppies explore everything. After 8 weeks their brain changes and they become more wary about new experiences. This is also about the time they will be going to a new home and will have to adapt to new people and surroundings. There is an important period of development between 8-14 weeks were a puppy learns to be sociable and interact with other dogs
It is essential that a puppy is protected before coming into contact with other dogs and should be fully vaccinated before hand. Puppies need two important vaccinations, the first usually at 8- 10 weeks. Sometimes this has already been done by the breeder leaving you as the new owner to make sure your puppy receives the second injection. There should be a time difference of two weeks between these vaccinations.
After the second injection you puppy is nearly ready. You will have to wait a week before your puppy can come into contact with other dogs, in home or garden locations, and a further week before going to the park or other public places. Protection against canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus, leptospirosis and infectious canine hepatitis is basic treatment in Europe. Booster shots are needed after a year.
Ideally a puppy can be fully inoculated and ready for playing and training in the park by 12-13 weeks. Begin building up good, new experiences gradually to overcome fear and encourage non aggressive behaviour. Effective training is best achieved by a reward system, while punishing your dog only serves to form mistrust. A boisterous puppy quickly learns the behavioural limits allowed and in a short time your dog will be enjoying, safe walks in the park.