We pet parents only want the best for our young pups. We want them safe all the time. Often, we want our newborn and very young pets within our sight. But, we all agree that they need to see the outside world and earn new things. So, when can puppies go outside safely?
Bringing your pet outside for the first time may be quite disconcerting. Many distractions and temptations are around, which, when coupled with your young pup’s mischievousness and curiosity, may result in an accident.
Is It Time To Bring My Puppies Outside?
Can puppies go outside on their first week of life?
There is really no rule on when you can take your puppy out for the first time. Even a newborn puppy can be brought outside your house or in the yard in moderately warm weather.
Of course, make sure that this is done under supervision, or you would have to carry your puppy in your arms.
Also, bringing your pet outdoors would only be possible (generally) when the mother comes along. And, always ensure that you don’t keep them outside for so long.
For adopted puppies, most likely, your pup would have been weaned. They can then venture out under close monitoring, of course.
And when your puppy is old enough to be house trained, then it is time to bring your puppy outside for potty training. Slowly introduce your pup to the yard for him to acclimatize for his potty training soon.
And, when can a puppy go outside without much supervision?
It would depend on how well your pup is trained.
For example, when your furry pet has been trained to potty outdoors, letting him out to do his thing requires little supervision and not much of a fuss. When your pet has done some puppy training (like puppy socialization classes) and needs to do more, then it is safe to take him out as needed.
In these instances, age really does not matter. Do not base it on how many weeks of age your four-pawed companion is. What is important is that your puppy should have been trained to behave when outdoors.
Things To Consider Before Bringing Your Puppy Outside
There are several factors you should consider before taking your pup to see the outside world.
Age And Size
Please take note of your puppy’s age and size before taking him out. Most vets recommend bringing a puppy outside when they are on their 14th-16th week of age or 3 months old or more.
Young pups and small breed puppies are prone to contract diseases, especially when they have not gotten their vaccinations yet. Their little body cannot just easily fight off bacteria and viruses which causes them to easily get sick.
Ensure that the weather is warm or mild when taking your puppy outdoors. A new puppy is not in the best of health as he is still developing his immune system. Also, he is not fully immune to some health issues yet until he had his first vaccination.
Our little pups are sensitive to extremities. Extreme coldness may cause our young puppies to catch colds and flu. Consider getting him a to keep him warm.
On the other hand, too much hot weather will make our pups susceptible to heat exhaustion, dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses.
So in extreme weather, keep the visit outside shorter and bring your puppy home after a while.
Make sure that there is an available person to supervise your puppy when you decide to bring him outside. Ensure that a person is always around to keep your pups from any danger that the world may bring. Keep your puppy within your sight wherever he may go.
Monitor your puppy at all times to ensure they do not do things that they should not be doing. So, when your pup is outdoor, you ought to stay outdoors too!
If your furry friends love the grass in your yard, but you do not have that much time to stay outdoors, getting this alternative inside the home would do the trick.
Check the environment if there are possible dangers where you are taking your puppy. Check for things around your home that may cause accidents like choking hazards, holes where they might fall in, and the like.
If your pups really enjoy staying in the yard, you may want to consider getting a puppy playpen where they can stay securely without fear of any danger.
Can I Take My Puppy Outside Before Vaccinations?
Can a puppy go outside before getting vaccinated?
There’s really nothing to stop you if you want to take your puppies outside in the garden or in dog parks before your pup gets his injections or vaccinations.
However, it has been a takeaway that most pet owners bring their new puppies outdoors 2 weeks after their first set of vaccinations. And that is around 3-4 months from birth.
Most vets recommend that pups must first undergo a round of vaccinations before it is safe for us to bring them outside. These vaccinations include their first one when they are on their 6-8 weeks old. The second round of vaccinations are two booster vaccinations at around 10-12 weeks old.
As your puppy is still developing his immune system, it is best to play safe and avoid possible triggers and causes of illnesses.
Fully vaccinated dogs and puppies have more chances of warding off possible diseases. It ensures that they are in the best of health and fully protected from whatever ailments.
Let Them Explore
If you want your puppies to grow up to be well-behaved dogs, allow them to explore their surroundings. Do not keep your puppy at home when he is already of age to undergo some dog training. Puppies need to discover things and learn.
Although it ensures that they are safer than being out, keeping them at home does not really help in training them to be better and healthier dogs.
Allowing them to enroll in puppy socialization classes may help them learn how to associate with people and other dogs.
Ensure that your puppy gains new experiences to develop the skills they need to grow up in good health.
No matter what your puppy’s age is, dog training is important to help him and keep him around you for a long time.