I have always had more than one pet in the house so it was a little easier to socialize Amber but if there is a doggie day care close by maybe that could be an option. Still need all the shots, Amber never had any problems with her shots but I stayed home with her the day of and the day after shots to make sure there were no reactions of any kind. We usually play fetch everyday and chase to release penned up energy. Also a semi-flat soccer ball works get for them to play with in the back yard. Amber likes to drag the golf clubs around too. Good luck.