So I just had and sold my first litter of pups. I did everything the way I thought it should be done I.E. 26 month guarantee, shots, deworm, clip wing pigeon, socialized, and water introduction. The latter part is where I have the question.
I used a small pool in my yard filled with clean water that was warmed by the sun each day and then changed each night. I did this under the advisement of my vet. I was told NOT to take the pups to ANY water that other dogs may have had access to as they could contract parvo and die. She told me to wait until the last parvo shot is given before they are ready to go out.
This is where I have a problem understanding. Every time I look at a breeders page it seems like they have pups in a pond, creek or something of the like. I know when I got the mother the first day I had he we stayed at my aunts and as she lives on a lake we spent most the day on her beach and played in the water. When I got home I took her to a small pond by my house and she loved it.
I followed the vets instructions with the pups and told the new owners what the vet had told me. I did this as I did not want the pups to have any chance at getting sick. But I am keeping one of the pups and now my vet has me all nervous to take my dog out of the yard. It just seems like waiting for that final shot puts me at almost 4 months of age before we can even go into the water and I feel like that is crazy. Am I crazy?
What do you breeders do with your pups? When do you feel its safe to go to the creek, pond, or lake with your pup?