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    After reading the comments, I would keep them those extra 2 weeks if you can cope with it, Liss. And they will be at their absolute cutest then!

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    I am the same as Smeagle, I would not take a pup from a breeder under 8 weeks, I would want my pup to get the extra socialisation with their littermate and mother. If it was a rescue pup that is different and then I would be putting in a lot of extra work in those few weeks, going even as far as finding a litter about the same age to socialise it with.

    The 3 - 8 week period is critical time to spend with their doggy family, the 8 - 16 week period is critical for integration into human society (but also requires socialisation to other dogs).

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    As a fairly new registered breeder ( Have had 2 litters ) my puppies have gone to their new homes at 8 weeks... Not only is it because of the COE rules & the 10 to 14 day period after the 1st vacc, but I think the extra 2 weeks is also beneficial in that they learn bite inhibition from their litter mates. I also like the extra couple of weeks to get them used to house hold noises, grooming, socialising them with my young nieces, supervised play with my older dogs.I like to start them of toilet training, learning to play outside, & pooing & weeing on grass. I also start them off lead training & start teaching them basic training like sit in the last week they are with me.

    Yes it is alot of work in those last 2 weeks & the new owners are probably capable of teaching them all these things themselves, but I like to prepare them a little for going out into the wide world, & also I love my babies so much & enjoy having them with me that little bit longer. The new owners are also very greatful to me for preparing them so well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    I just read the code of ethics for the ACT Canine Association. It states the reason for not leaving the litter until 8 weeks is to ensure the safety of the pup. If they are vaccinated at 6 weeks then they require an additional 10 -14 days to guarantee the vaccination has "kicked in".
    "I shall not sell or otherwise transfer from my care any puppy under eight weeks of age, thus allowing for vaccination to be given at six weeks of age, and the necessary ten to fourteen days for the vaccine to take effect"

    In other words, if you are selling to responsible owners that will keep their puppy safe from the 6-8 weeks and socialise it properly during this time, then there is no problem for them to leave at 6 weeks. If you are in no hurry to let them go or you are not 100% sure the new owners will do the right thing then it would be best to keep them the extra 2 weeks, even if just for your own peace of mind.
    If you read the ANKC code of ethics it says:

    17. A member shall not, within Australia, sell or otherwise transfer from that member’s care any puppy under eight [8] weeks of age without the approval of the member’s Member Body.

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    I have a lot to do with early socialisation of puppies (beofer the leave their Breeders) and it is much better for puppies to be with their littermates until 8 weeks....it is the best period to teach bit inhibition. And some studies have found that to be the most important reason for the 8 weeks period. Dogs that have been left with their littermates and not so much the mother have better social skills with other dogs for future meetings etc....it is still important for puppies to be handled a lot by many different people and to be around many different noises and such. That is why puppies that are raised in a home environment with lots of kids, the Telly and all those other family noises with lots of people everywhere are such good social puppies. Which leads to good future dogs.

    I am sure leagally puppies now have to be 8 weeks before they can be sold/given away..........There are some exceptions for certain training places, but those puppies are going to special environments anyway, with people who know what they are doing.

    There is nothing worse than a puppy going at 6 weeks to an enevironment where there are no other dogs and the owners are too afraid to allow them to meet other dogs, because the vets tell them they have to wait till all the vaccinations are done..........That is social isolation. Sorry I will now get off my soapbox, but this is one of the most important topics to me. It is just one of the reasons we get so many anti-social dogs
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    The COE doesn't apply in this case.

    I prefer eight weeks, outside of any rules.

    But check in your state as well Liss, as in NSW there is enforceable DPI regulations that apply to any and all dog breeders, and they stipulate 8 weeks. So it's the law.

    Not sure on other states though...

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    Thanks very much all
    Helpful as always
    8 weeks it will be then...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liss05 View Post
    Thanks very much all
    Helpful as always
    8 weeks it will be then...
    Sorry.....But puppies are such fun to play with at this age and you can really get to know them and even train them for the new owners...if you are interested i can give you quite an outline of what i do with the puppies I deal with. They are house trained and will sit and drop. Also go happily into crates.......We also do early retrieve and lots of games with different surfaces to make them really happy in different environments. I also work the clippers around them and do a lot of foot work with the puppies (for toe clipping)....And we start to clicker train them, very simple. Most of this is done at 6-8 weeks. makes for awesome puppies. And the owners love it.......Puppies are like sponges, they absorb so quickly
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    I like everyone's answers. It seems like everyone has been told the official time is 8 weeks to go to new owners. I think this is quite beneficial , but if I was purchasing a pup from a breeder, i'd be asking for my dog at 6 weeks to get as much socialisation of my own done before the critical period ends.

    I guess my opinion for others is based on the idea that everyone should and would do what's right for the puppy, but I guess it really comes down to the fact that most people don't know a lot about puppies and what is required, so the chances of them missing something important is high.

    It's funny, the breeders on this thread state that they try to socialise their dogs and work on some obedience, which is just awesome. It makes me wonder why you don't keep them for a few extra weeks to build them up some more?? Just curious...
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 01-24-2012 at 02:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Pawfectionist View Post
    I like everyone's answers. It seems like everyone has been told the official time is 8 weeks to go to new owners. I think this is quite beneficial , but if I was purchasing a pup from a breeder, i'd be asking for my dog at 6 weeks to get as much socialisation of my own done before the critical period ends.

    I guess my opinion for others is based on the idea that everyone should and would do what's right for the puppy, but I guess it really comes down to the fact that most people don't know a lot about puppies and what is required, so the chances of them missing something important is high.

    It's funny, the breeders on this thread state that they try to socialise their dogs and work on some obedience, which is just awesome. It makes me wonder why you don't keep them for a few extra weeks to build them up some more?? Just curious...
    Most people want their puppies as early as possible although I have heard of/seen breeders who keep pups until 10 weeks.

    I think it is important for them to go between 8 - 10 weeks so the new owners have as much time as possible to socialise the dog to *their" lifestyle. It is all well and good that a breeder socialises but everyone's house and life is different and your pup needs to be socialised to YOUR life and you only have until 16 weeks to do that.

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