Disclaimer: WE ARE NOT VETERINARIANS! If your vet says something different, please believe them over us!
Q: How do I tell which item on the vet’s report is the Distemper / Parvovirus vaccination?
A: The Distemper & Parvovirus vaccination is usually given as one injection that has a combination of vaccinations. It goes under a wide variety of names, including: DAP, DHP, DHPP, DAPP, DAPPC, DHLPP, DURAMUNE Max 5.
Q: When are the Distemper / Parvovirus shots administered?
A: Distemper / Parvovirus vaccinations are usually given as a series of three injections:
The first is typically given to puppies when they are 6-9 weeks old (usually done by the breeder/rescue).
The second is typically 9-12 weeks old. (After this shot, puppies may begin Kindergarten with us.)
The third is typically 12-16 weeks old.
A year after their third shot, dogs will start receiving Booster shots, which may be good for 1-3 years.
Q: When are rabies vaccinations / certifications / tags given?
A: Most vets won’t give a rabies vaccination until dogs are at least 3 months old. But all dogs (in the commonwealth of Massachusetts) MUST be vaccinated against rabies before they turn 6 months old (by law). The second course of vaccinations will take place 1 year after the first. Then, booster shots will be given every 1-3 years, depending on the vet’s & owner’s choices.
Q: My dog turns 6 months old in the middle of a class at The Right Paw. Do I need to show proof of rabies vaccination before I start class?
A: No; this happens all the time. You can start class with a dog under 6 months without a rabies vaccination, as long as the vaccination happens before the dog turns 6 months old. Please send us the documentation as soon as you have it.
Q: Do I need to show any other vaccinations?
A: Nope. For our environment, we only require Distemper & Parvovirus and then Rabies (at the appropriate age). Other vaccinations will protect against diseases not likely to be an issue during 1-hour training sessions. Your vet will help you decide which ones are right for you and your dog.
Q: I can’t upload my vaccination record in the registration form, I keep getting an error message. What do I do?
A: Register without uploading any documents, then email the documents to us at .