It’s the holiday’s season and people tend to get puppies at this time year. This time of year may be a good idea because many people take time off during this time of year and that gives them time to get the puppy acclimated to the new home! It’s great to have the time to start the puppy training.
There is one problem I see happen over and over again…
This issue can create a lifetime of problems. From aggression to extreme separation anxiety. Things like mouthing so hard that they draw blood and the puppies have zero idea that they are doing anything wrong. I see them have no clue on how to interact with other dogs or puppies because of this reason.
What is this issue?
It’s people bringing their new puppies home way too early.
It is not uncommon for me to take on new cases with puppies as young as 4 weeks old. At 4, 5,6 and even 7 weeks, it’s way too early.
I hear the stories, the breeder said they always do it or if we don’t take the puppy now, we will lose our chance.
Trust me, if the puppy is being taken from its pack that young, you are better off finding a breeder that is reputable and keeps it’s puppies for 8 to 10 weeks. This time frame is more inline with the reputable, honest breeders, that really care about the puppies and not just the payday. Even if you have to pay more to keep the puppy there longer, its worth it in the long run.
Of course there may be medical reasons puppies have to be separated from it’s mother/ pack sooner than 8 weeks. This situation is far and few between. Also Ive seen behavioural reason for the pups to be separated but again this is uncommon. These would be the only real reason to pull puppies from their pack any sooner than 8 weeks old. I would rater see 10 weeks but 8 works for most puppies.
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