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Socialisation and Euthanasia

1. Socialisation Socialisation is getting your puppy used to people and other animals so that it isn't afraid of them in the future. Habituation is teaching your puppy that strange experiences and situations are nothing to be scared of. If adequate socialisation is not carried out, future behavioural problems may be seen. Puppies may be vaccinated from 6 weeks of age. The second dose of vaccine must be given at 10 weeks or older, 2-4 weeks after the first dose. Puppies are vaccinated against canine parvovirus, distemper and infectious canine hepatitis. Additional vaccinations include leptospirosis and kennel cough. Puppies can socialise with other dogs 10 days after their first vaccination for puppy classes, and 1 week after their second vaccination for general public association. Until the puppy is fully vaccinated it should not be taken outside and should not meet other dogs. The critical socialisation window ends at 12-14 weeks. Puppy classes are of most benefit from 8-16 weeks. In the first 12-14 weeks, puppies should be socialised by making sure they are used to:

Visitors to the house Children Feeding Grooming Veterinary examination Cars Household appliances Other animals Being left of their own Not play biting

2. Euthanasia Veterinary surgeons are not obliged to kill a healthy animal unless their employment contract states so. Veterinary surgeons are authorised to destroy in distress without consent via police officer or official inspectors.

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