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Vaccination faq

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

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