Puppy Classes and Vaccinations
Puppies can start our classes seven days after their first vaccination.
Core vaccines: The behavioural benefits of taking part in a well-run puppy course ahead of the second vaccination, has been shown to outweigh any potential health risks. Puppies not having completed their vaccination programme must not walk on the ground outside of the venue and are to be carried into and out of the hall to and from vehicles.
Socialisation is an extremely important aspect of a puppy’s development. Research shows that participation in puppy classes (when well-run like ours) helps to minimise potential problems that could develop as a puppy matures (e.g. problems associated with fearfulness and anxiety). This is why puppies can start our classes seven days after their first vaccination.
The behavioural benefits of taking part in a well-run puppy course ahead of the second vaccination, has been shown to outweigh any potential health risks. Whilst potential risks to health need to be considered, such risks are minimal compared to the huge benefits of attendance at well-run puppy / socialisation classes. Research published in 2013 shows vaccinated puppies attending classes were no more at risk of Parvovirus infection compared to puppies that did not attend a class.*
Stepita, M.E., Bain, M.J. and Kass, P.H. (2013) Frequency of CPV infection in vaccinated puppies that attended puppy socialization classes. Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association, 49(2): 95-100
Kennel Cough vaccinations: Please note that if your puppy has had a vaccination against kennel cough, this is a live vaccine and your puppy is potentially infectious to other dogs for a period of time after they have had their vaccination. Therefore, please do not bring your dog to private lessons or group classes for at least 7 days after they have been vaccinated for kennel cough or 7 days after they last sneezed or coughed following the vaccine, whichever is the longest time.
Kennel Cough is highly infectious and is caught by your dog breathing in or sniffing where an infected dog has been. You should also be aware that even after being given a Kennel Cough vaccine, dogs can still contract kennel cough, albeit a milder form and will be infectious while shedding the infection.