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Taking a 4-month-old on holiday?

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03/03/2013
 
 
Barked: Tue Apr 16, '13 7:43am PST 
Hi, I'm new here. We're due to collect our Samoyed puppy at the beginning of June. We didn't manage to get away or even really have a break at all last year and are quite desperate to have a bit of a holiday this year. We'd love to take our puppy with us but are a bit concerned she might be too young at 4 months. We'll probably stay in Italy, where we live and had thought about either camping or staying in one of the dog-friendly hotels/apartments/farms that we have here. We're not really beach people, but like the outdoors, and had thought about going to the mountains where it'll also be cooler. On the one hand, I think it would be fun and great for her for her ongoing socialization, but I'm a bit worried we won't be able to walk that far, and the days will be tiring for her. One of our ultimate aims is possibly trekking with here when she's old enough. Has anyone else taken a pup that young on holiday? Thanks smile
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Barked: Tue Apr 16, '13 9:01pm PST 
yes! I took Loki camping when he was that young or younger. he loved his walks in the woods. Great time for training off leash and on recall. Oh and leave it. And great for socialization because of course everyone wants to see the puppy.
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Barked: Wed Apr 17, '13 12:07am PST 
Thanks! Loki's little, though and you could carry him. I think Lumi will be too heavy to carry if she gets tired. I don't want to injure her by walking her too far. I'm happy just to get away from the town we live and spend some time in the mountains, even if it means doing a fair amount of sitting about this year. There'll be plenty of time for hiking next year when she's older. It's my hubby who might not be quite so up for that. naughty
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03/21/2013
 
 
Barked: Thu Apr 18, '13 2:18am PST 
I don't think taking her on holiday will be a problem but the too much walking might be. You can still go away but just do shorter walks and then enjoy other things the place has to offer. It would be worthwhile checking with your vet or looking up on the internet how much walking is recommended for a puppy of four months in your breed - as it would vary between breeds. But I am sure you can manage to have a very enjoyable holiday for you and your puppy if you are sensible about what you can and can't do. But definitely stay in Italy you don't want to try travelling abroad with her so young.
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Barked: Thu Apr 18, '13 9:08am PST 
We're looking at renting a cottage in the Apennines and also taking the cats with us smile. It'll just be nice to be out of Modena and up in the cooler mountains. Definitely staying in Italy, otherwise she'd have to have a rabies injection and since it's such a heavy vaccination, I'd rather her not have it as a pup. Looks like we might be getting a bit organised, though way to go
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