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Old 12-27-2010, 04:10 PM
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what age to bring puppy home

I am getting a new austrailian shepherd! Yippee ...

Bringing her home to two siberian huskies (12 year old sisters).

The puppy is 6 weeks old right now..I went to see her yesterday for the first time.

The breeder (this is their first litter) stated that we can get her teh week of Jan 4th so she will be 7 weeks plus 2 days when we get her.

I of course want her NOW

I did some research on-line as to when a puppy should be brought home and it was really anywhere from 6 - 10 weeks and some breeders apparently won't let them go until 12 weeks old.

It was one article that really made me think twice about getting her at 6 weeks and two days old....

Is it really that critical to wait till 7 or 8 weeks....I wouldn't want to do anything wrong to start off our life together..just because I am anxious.

The litter has a total of 8 pups....
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As excited as you are, you should wait until 8 weeks absolute MINIMUM. Preferably longer.
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As excited as you are, you should wait until 8 weeks absolute MINIMUM. Preferably longer.
I agree, it really is much better for the puppy
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Can you guys help me understand why and what I should watch out for etc...if we got her at 7 weeks on the planned date (although I am thinking of waiting)....

Also...I uploaded a pic on my profile, but it is not showing yet..
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I TOTALLY understand how you feel about wanting your puppy ASAP!

The reason to wait is for the puppy's better social development. The littermates and the Mother are important in teaching "doggy language" to the puppy... mostly this is about bite inhibition, which is learning that biting too hard hurts! Other puppies and dogs can teach this much better than a human can.

The youngest pup I ever got was 7.5 weeks and the oldest was 12 weeks. I can say without question that the 12 week old puppy has turned out much more "educated" in dog social skills, not just bite inhibition (she has NEVER nipped me too hard) but also in reading the body language of other dogs.

So, the longer you can leave pup with her/his litter, the better. That said, there is little reason to leave the puppy with the breeder if all the other puppies have been picked up. So maybe you can find out when the other families are coming. It won't help your puppy to be the only one left!

Good luck, and do post pictures when you get the puppy!
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Tess pretty much hit the nail on the head except for I would prefer to leave the puppy with it's mom till 8 weeks even if the other puppies are gone, that's just personal preference usually but if you have 2 older females at home that would help the puppy learn when to stop when they give him the signal.
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I cna post pictures now!!!! I spent an hour with her yesterday

i just need to figure out how. Or I can do this

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Thanks for the insight..that makes total sense!

I will ask her when they are being picked up. I also have the two huskies at home...they are VERY layed back huskies...I am always a little nervous..cause that is just me...but they were WONDERFUL when we brought a Basenji puppy home 5 years ago. (he passed last year from an awful disease) anyway....if they are the same...with her it will be great.

They would play with the pup..let him sleep in their beds with them etc. I am hoping that will help socialize her too.

Puppy class - I am already looking into those too.

Thanks you guys!
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Tess pretty much hit the nail on the head except for I would prefer to leave the puppy with it's mom till 8 weeks even if the other puppies are gone, that's just personal preference usually but if you have 2 older females at home that would help the puppy learn when to stop when they give him the signal.
Ha..I was just replying when you were writing..and yep the huskies...will tell her..I am sure...
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Well it sounds like you are really on top of things Also if you want to post pics on a reply then just use the little tool bar at the top and click the one that looks like a paper clip and it will let you download attachments to your reply. And if you want to post pics in your profile then just start an album. You can look at my profile to see what I mean
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Hopefully the older dogs will enjoy the puppy, yes they can help a LOT! Be prepared to also interfere so the older dogs don't have to deal with a rambunctious puppy all the time. Sometimes older dogs are less patient and also sometimes they just cannot defend themselves either, against the constant onslaught of an active puppy!

To post pictures click "advanced" below the reply window. Then click "manage attachments"... you'll find your way from there.
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