I would wait until she has all her Parvo vaccinations before having her anywhere there have been dogs you don't know well. She can be socialized right away with people. I think it would be better if she stayed with the breeder until she is 10 weeks. 8 weeks is considered very young now days.
I would begin socialization immediately but with some limitations. I would not take her anywhere where there are a lot of dogs you don't know, such as dog parks, pet stores, etc until she's at least had his second round of shots. You can still do lots of socializing with people and dogs you know that are well behaved and vaccinated.
Alright that sounds perfect. I know a lot of well behaved dogs and many different types of people. I can't wait for the socialization to being! Can it just be November already?
I completely agree and understand. I need her to get used to the other animals in my house as well. I don't have a lot of visitors, but I would like for her to go places with me frequently (dog friendly of course).
I also recommend socialization from day one ( keeping in mind they still tire quickly and still need lots of sleep at 8 wks), however you are a special case because you not only work at a pet shop, but you also throw up a serious red flag: a lot of Parvo in your area. You need to be very careful, while still giving the needed socialization. Start with just people coming over to see the pup, then start taking the pup for short rides in the car and short walks in places where not a lot of dogs go, like a quiet side street in a residential area. Don't worry about socialization to dogs, that can come later. Socialization to people, things, places comes first and cannot be put off too long. DO NOT TAKE HIM TO WORK AT THE PET SHOP. The fact Katy was lucky may not apply to you.... Since Parvo is carried on the soles of the shoes, I would keep a pair of shoes for work only and keep a change in the car for going home. I would do this until he gets his final vaccinations and also I would wash my hands as soon as I get home from work before interacting with my pup. Discuss the Parvo issue in your area with your Vet.