Can my puppy go in the garden? Let’s Explore

When is it safe to take a puppy out?

It’s a good idea to take puppies outside as soon as possible to get them used to different sounds, smells and experiences. However, they are at risk of catching nasty diseases until after they have had their second vaccinations. Until then, stick to the garden or carry your puppy outside in your arms.

Is My Puppy Allowed In The Garden

One thing we all want to do with our new puppy is to let them out in the garden to explore and have some fun. Even toilet training them as early as possible is something I’m sure we all strive to do. After contacting several vets regarding taking your puppy in your garden the general consensus was that you can. However, this has limitations, including:

  • Only use a small area of your garden for toilet training.
  • Only allow your puppy in your garden if you know that no unvaccinated dogs have been in your garden.
  • Ensure wildlife like foxes have not left and poop lying around.
  • Limit the amount of time they are out in the garden, this is why you should only let them out for the toilet.
  • Supervise them closely the whole time to ensure they don’t eat or touch anything they shouldn’t (such as bees)
  • Each vet advised on letting a puppy in the garden, providing the limitations above were met fully. As for taking them out in public, this should not be done until they are fully vaccinated.

    When can a puppy go out in the garden?

    Your puppy can go in the garden straight away – provided it’s secure. Make sure there are no holes or broken bits of fence that your puppy could sneak under or through. Reduce the risk of disease and clear your garden of any fox or cat poo before you let your puppy outside. If you have areas of gravel or decorative stone that your puppy may try to play with, or vegetable beds that you don’t want your puppy digging up, it’s a good idea to section these areas off with a temporary barrier.

    Did you know that many garden plants are toxic to dogs? But there’s also a number of plants that have beneficial properties. Read more in our guide to creating a dog friendly garden.

  • If you’re finding this advice helpful, you can get more tips on how to introduce your puppy to the outside world and plan their first walks in our Out and About Puppy Parenting Toolkit. Our Puppy Parenting Toolkits are available to download for £2.79 each or you can access them all as a member of our Puppy Parenting Club. Join today for a one-off payment of £24.99.