I'm one of those people who believes temperament is about 80% genetics and 20% environment.
Pups stay with mum until at least 8 weeks. End of.
There is absolutely no need to take a pup earlier, "socializing" a 6 week old pup is just ridiculous, ours don't leave our property (barring vet visits) until 8 weeks. They learn behaviours from litter mates and their mother up until 8 weeks and THEN start learning about socialising.
We keep pups till 12 weeks. They have had their 2nd vac before going to the new owners. 12 weeks is our preference which does mean a lot more work with the pups, but we know our future owners will be very happy with the pups they receive. The genuine new owners are prepared to wait for a pup who is well socialised, but also more independent..
Mum looks after the pups till 8 - 9 weeks and the pups learn from mum, but after 8 - 9 weeks, Dad takes over the teaching role and the pups will learn from him as well. The result is pups with better life skills..
Others may agree or disagree with my methods, but the results speak for themselves..
We still keep in contact with all our buyers from our first litter and all are without doubt very happy with their pups..
Just would like to add, Happy Birthday to Coco, Shiro, Yuki, Buddy, Miss Panda and Yukiko... They are 1 today.
I think it would be nice if you were able to interact with the puppies and if those puppies were able to see some more people. But you would have to have some rules for that too.
The best dog for serious training would be the one that was born at your place. I had a newfie litter born at my place and kept one of the pups.....All about me from day one, with good litter socialisation and other dogs from home, perfect.
Pets are forever
From 6 - 8 Weeks, having lots of visiors to your house to play with the pups is a good idea to get them used to strangers, but even then it's a strict shoes off - hands washed policy and that sort of socializing is only to make the transition to a new home easier. A pups temperament cannot be fully determined at the age anyway, we have had bomb-proof pups suddenly turn timid and vice versa (especially in poodles who these days seem to be getting more and more dodgy in the temperament department).
Mum is perfect for teaching pups not to push the boundaries, a quick nip from mum to put them in their place is much better than anything us humans can do and I think that is more important at that age.
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