Your adorable puppies are a prized possession. I remember the first time my friend’s Labrador gave birth to four little darlings- she had to take a leave from work. The newborn pups suddenly became the center of her life. In an instant, her world shifted from the normal home-office routine to being a stay-home “mom” (at least temporarily) to her cute puppies. Even her boyfriend was quite uncomfortable with her new obsession.
A horror of all horrors, she decided one day to take outside the house two of her new bundles of joy, showing them off to passersby (in a discreet way, though). She felt wonderful every time joggers adored her puppies. During that silly afternoon walk with her two pups in her arms, one of the tiny dogs started shivering. How could she forget that it was nearing winter?
In her excitement, she didn’t realize she was endangering her puppies’ welfare.
It’s important for every dog owner – especially those with new additions to their furry friends – to know when it is safe to take puppy outside.
Don’t be silly like my friend. Here are some reminders if your dog has just delivered a litter of pups.
If you take your puppies outside too early, they can face lots of dangers
Not The First Few Days
My friend Lizzy took out her two pups when they were 6-day old. That’s a no-no. I’m glad her Labrador did not react in protestation or gnashing of teeth. But dog owners need not wait for such oppositions from their bitches. During their first week, puppies are very vulnerable to diseases and infections, so it is important not take them out unless it is extremely important like an urgent visit to the vet for some concerns. You want to keep your puppies from diseases so wait till the right time.
During their first week, puppies are very vulnerable to diseases and infections, so it is important not take them out
Remember, this is like their initial incubation period during which they must be fed constantly by mommy dog and warmed as they snuggle together or enjoy her milk. This is a crucial period for the puppies to have their immune system strengthened via the constant feeding and zero exposure to bacteria and virus. So, remember, the first week is not yet the going-out time for your pups. Besides, at this stage, your teeny-weenies need a lot of sleep time and rest and milk. That’s all they do, and not to forget their constant potty time. You wouldn’t want your shirt to get soiled. So when is it safe to take puppy outside?
What About The Second Week?
Nope. Exploring time will have to wait. You might say your puppies need to have fresh air and they can’t be holed up in their box forever. True, but there is such a thing as proper timing. Although your pups are now able to see their immediate surroundings and hear the noise around, they are still frail and could get sick if you’re not careful.
Second-week pups are still frail and could get sick if you take them outside
What you can do though is to let them explore in and around their box. Perhaps, you can let them crawl around a section of the house. Refrain from carrying and touching them a lot of times. I know they are so cuddly. Doing so may cause some exhaustion.
My Neighbour Brought Out His Pups after 21 Days
I won’t do such a silly thing. Twenty-one days is still too early. Again, the only time your puppies can explore out of the house is when there is an emergency such as when they need immediate attention of your veterinarian.
They may be squiggly and more active at this time because they can move a lot and want to move around, but it doesn’t mean that they are invulnerable to external threats. So, know when it is safe to take puppy outside.
In Four Weeks?
Not all experts agree on this. Some recommend that at four weeks, this is the time when it is safe to take puppy outside. To some extent, they are right. If properly nurtured and cared for (by their mommy dog and you), puppies are quite ready for the bigger world and you might find it okay to take them outside for brief playtime in the garden. But, a word of caution, it is not safe to let them wander farther or be with other dogs or pets.
When your pups are in four weeks, it is okay to take them outside for brief playtime in the garden
I know your puppies are not your prisoners, but it always pays to take extra precautions when it comes to the susceptible members of the family. Remember that at four weeks, puppies are beginning to undergo some weaning as mommy dog’s way of letting them learn independence. This is also in preparation for their imminent growth.
They Can Go Outside More When…
When your puppies are between 5 and 6 weeks old, they are more ready for the outside world. It is at this stage when it is safe to take the puppy outside and let him play more and run around. By all means, let them live as dogs...as puppies. By this time, they will have become more playful. They’re probably into rough games and biting and chewing. They start acting like adults and bark from time to time as if they are the new crown prince of a territory.
When your puppies are between 5 and 6 weeks old, they are more ready for the outside world
So, you want to show off to your friends? Go ahead. Scoop them and let them play with you outside or walk with you around the house. Just make sure you have your vet see the puppy and give him his first vaccine shots so he doesn’t contract any illness.
Meeting Furry Friends
Dogs are very sociable and they love to be outside and meet other furry friends. When they are between 11 and 12 weeks, it should be perfectly safe to take the puppy outside and let him mingle with other puppies of your friends. Let them engage in wrestling and barking and running.
Your cute puppy can fully enjoy the world and be with you when you go to the park or visit a neighbor during a barbecue without worrying that they can contract some diseases from people and other dogs. I would say, this is a good time for you to enjoy friends and food...and your puppy his bigger world.