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Today we’re talking to Dr. Jennifer Summerfield of Brown Veterinary Services in Wayne, West Virginia. Dr. Jen is a veterinarian and certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed and is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
Dr. Jen is here today to help guide us through the tangle of information out there surrounding vaccinations and socialization, as well as some other common puppy problems that are best directed towards a veterinarian!
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How do you guide your clients through socialization when the puppies aren’t done with vaccinations?
Are there some places you suggest people take their puppies at different stages of vaccination?
- It is very rare that that your puppy will catch parvo if they been started on vaccinations
- That being said, don’t take your unvaccinated puppies places where there are strange dogs (ie. dog parks, pet friendly stores, common dog walking trails)
- A walk around the neighbourhood
- Visit a friend (without dogs or with a healthy vaccinated adult dog)
- Puppy kindergarten
What options do people have if they’re in a high-risk area? Are there modifications you’ve made to your suggestions due to COVID?
- Try to change it up a little every day, even if it’s just walking in a different direction
Can you talk us through the risks of taking unvaccinated puppies out? Or soothe our fears?
What sorts of behavior patterns set off your veterinary sensor for more investigation?
- Chronic house training issues could mean urinary problems
- Urinating in their sleep or dribbling
- Urinating after coming in from outside
- Urinating multiple times in different places while being pottied
- Compulsively eating non-food items/showing signs of pica, might mean there is a GI issue
Are there common behavioral changes as puppies develop that may or may not warrant veterinary help?
- Short fear periods are normal
Patron Questions Answered:
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Where to find Dr. Jen:
Dr Jen’s Dog Blog
Kayla grew up in northern Wisconsin and studied ecology and animal behavior at Colorado College. She founded Journey Dog Training in 2013 to provide high-quality and affordable dog behavior advice. She’s an avid adventurer and has driven much of the Pan-American Highway with her border collie Barley. She now travels the US in a 2006 Sprinter with her two border collies, Barley and Niffler. Aside from running Journey Dog Training, Kayla also runs the nonprofit K9 Conservationists, where she and the dogs work as conservation detection dog teams.