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Old 10-23-2012, 06:59 AM
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Getting a puppy at 12 weeks - Socialization?

Hello everyone,

I just quickly wanted to say hello and ask a first question.

I ahve always loved dogs and always wanted to share my home with one.

Now, finally comes the time where I am able to fulfill this lifelong dream.
on Dec 1st, a 12 weeks old jack russell puppy will be moving in.
His full name is "Geez! No Buddy is perfect!", but I will call him "Buddy".
Here is a picture of him:



For the past couple of months I have been reading every book, I could get my hand on, regarding puppy development and training in general and for jack russells in particular.

In many places, it sais the main socialization phase (especially regarding human contacts) is between 8 and 12 weeks of age.
The breeder lives quite far away (one and a half hours drive) so I will not be able to monitor the socialization process during those 4 weeks.
I have been thinking about how to adress this. Here are some alternatives I came up with:
- drive there every saturday and sunday (the only days where i have the time) and spend the day with my pup, take a different friend with me every time and let them handle the puppy, go for walks, etc.
- pick the pup up on friday evening, take him home and bring him back on sunday. (I don't really like the idea, because I think it would induce too much stress, but would like everyones opinion anyway)

Do you think, I could run into a problem if I don't monitor/adjust the socialization?
If I don't monitor it, will I be able to socialize him later on? (The books i read suggest otherwise)
How would you handle this situation?

Thanks in advance for all answers!

Greetings from Switzerland,
Denis
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Will he be with mom/littermates? If so, he will be completely fine. My last dog I got at 12 weeks and he was such a breeze as far as bite inhibition and socialization. I took him out a lot and I made sure to work with him still, but he never ever had any issues with people or other dogs. A squirrel he'd terrorize like nobody's business! I don't think it's necessary to go visiting him on the weekends before then. 12 weeks is a good time to get a new puppy. 8 weeks is hard!
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Hi marbear,

thanks for your reply!

Yes, he will be with his mom and maybe also his littermates. I am not sure about this, because I only know about one of his sisters being sold. The other four sisters will still be there as far as i know. Also, it is a farm with quite a lot of animals (more dogs, cats, horses, geese, etc). In addition, there are quite a few children around, since the breeder are giving horse riding lessons on a daily basis.
BUT: The children do not really get into contact with the dogs. The dogs are held in a fenced-in area and/or the house, while the children are normally only around the stables.

What I am most concerned about is socialization to strangers.
In Dr. Ian Dunbars "Before you get your puppy", he suggests to let you puppy be handled by at least 100 unknown people withing weeks 8-12. I really don't think, he will come in contact to a number even close to that one...
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I don't know about 100 people. I was always told to limit too much contact until they have had all their shots. Socialization is easy, just take him for long walks and people will stop and pet him (he is absolutely adorable). He will also meet lots of dogs along the way. You can take him to PetSmart and other dog friendly establishments. IMO twelve weeks is the perfect time to get a puppy. They have learned etiquette from their mom and littermates and that makes them easier to train. I have never had a jack russell so I don't know too much about them, but you sound like you are on the right track. Good luck and remember to have lots fun!
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