My wife and I just picked up our new pup last Thursday. He will be my first that I train for retrieving and hunting. Things are going great. He is a pleasure to have in our house already.
I plan on starting him off with the Hillman DVD but have read quite a few other books about retriever training and feel like I have a good foundation of knowledge to get him started.
The only issue I am struggling with is what to do about socializing him with the threat of Parvo. Apparently in the area I live in it is quite a threat right now. Obviously keeping him alive supersedes him going around other dogs and getting sick, but I know how important it is to get him out. I have done several internet searches and asked my vet as well as some buddies who had the same issue with their dogs and I am still searching for answers. He will be 15 weeks when he gets his fourth round of shots so he should be ready to explore the world at 16 weeks. Will he still be open to socializing at this age?
I am trying to get as many people of all ages to come visit us at my house and spend time with him, and I plan on taking him on alot of car rides. Beyond that I need some advice from those who know better than I do.