When can puppies go outside?

As a new puppy owner, one of the most exciting things is the prospect of taking your new friend out and about, but how soon is it safe to head outdoors?

Out in the garden

The great news is, that as long as your garden is secure, your little bundle of fun can begin exploring your garden as soon as you bring them home! However, before you can let your puppy out into the garden, you must make sure that the garden is completely safe and enclosed by fencing or walls. It's also vital that your garden isn’t used by other unvaccinated dogs, as canine parvovirus (a vaccination your puppy will receive) can survive in the soil for as long as a year. 

Once you have ensured your garden is safe, then your puppy can go outside with you. It’s a brilliant way to have fun together and build their confidence, not to mention the importance of beginning toilet training!

Your puppy’s first walk

Being able to take your puppy for their first walk is a big event for both of you, but it’s essential to wait until their vaccinations fully protect them. The timing of this can vary a little, depending on the exact course of vaccines they have received. It’s usually a couple of weeks after their second vaccination, and your vet will confirm the exact timings with you. It won’t be long until you and your puppy are off on adventures together!

What if I take my puppy out too early?

Although it might feel very tempting to take your puppy for a walk, it’s vital that you keep to the date agreed with your vet. Once your puppy has had their second jab, it takes some time for immunity to fully develop against a range of dangerous and indeed life-threatening illnesses. By giving these vaccinations time to work properly, you can be sure that once your puppy is out for their walks, they will be safe. Always remember to keep your puppy's walks short, as too much exercise can damage their growing joints permanently - our video explains more! 


If you have an Agria Pet Insurance policy, you can access the free Pet Health Helpline, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The veterinary-trained team will advise on any concerns or queries that you may have over your pet’s health – much like the NHS 111 service for people. Call free on 03333 32 19 47.