Social interaction is the key to your dog's behavioral health. The primary socialization period, the time of rapid social development that sets a pattern for most things in later life, ends at about 14-16 weeks for dogs. This important period has passed by the time your puppy has received his/her full vaccination series. It is a myth, and quite a HARMFUL one at that, to think puppies should be fully vaccinated before attending puppy schools, daycare, friend's houses, dog friendly shops and restaurants. While we should take precaution to not expose our babies to dogs and cats of unknown health status, we should do everything possible to expose them to well-controlled areas were healthy puppies and adult dogs visit. Early in their life, they should be socialized, out in the real world. Well socialized and behaved dogs become life long family members. Our wish is to see all dogs be treated as family.
While you can't put a price tag on the companionship of your four legged friend, there is a new study out by the ASPCA that estimates, the annual cost of owning a dog, depends on it's size, and runs from $1000-$1448. This excludes one time costs like spays/neuters and crates too. A big key to pet ownership is budgeting not only for the typical costs but also preparing for emergencies and age related problems. Regular preventive care can help keep overall medical costs down too by preventing certain problems and catching others before they become worse. Pet insurance can also help with pet medical care. Check out Nationwide's Pet Insurance (formerly VPI).
Cathy-Licensed Vet tech with 28 year experience.