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,