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    Default Pups leaving mum at 6 weeks?

    So with 8 pups needing to find good homes I've started asking around and put a few notices up even though they are 3 weeks now to make sure I can find good suitable homes for all pups, now i say they can go at 6 weeks after their first vacination and ive wormed them all again, most of my response so far have been you can't take pups off the mum till 8 weeks so I've been honost and upfront about our situation and explained to them what has happened with tips and so on.... And that she can no longer feed them since her hysterectomy and all she been through..
    The response is still the same you shouldn't have pups leave mum till 8 weeks, so what are your thoughts on this? I thought 6 weeks was fine seeing that they are now drinking milk from a bowl at 3 weeks and getting no milk from mum
    Maybe these people are not the right ones to take any pups if they don't understand?

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    Most people here will tell you 8 weeks as well.

    I got both of my pups at 6 weeks old and my two are fine.

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    Yeh any pup I've gotten has been at 6 weeks and they have been fine so I didn't know most say 8 weeks...

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    While i got my last dog at 6 weeks and already desexed (RSPCA) he did turn out fine.

    I think it's more to do with what the mother can teach the pups for those 8 weeks rather than feeding etc. Most registered breeders will get in trouble and can be deregistered if they dont wait till the 8 weeks are up. (so i've been told anyway).


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    Ok then if that's what is best for the puppies then I'll keep them here with tips for the extra 2 weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean View Post
    While i got my last dog at 6 weeks and already desexed (RSPCA) he did turn out fine.

    I think it's more to do with what the mother can teach the pups for those 8 weeks rather than feeding etc. Most registered breeders will get in trouble and can be deregistered if they dont wait till the 8 weeks are up. (so i've been told anyway).
    Hi Liss,
    Pups are perfectly fine leaving their mother at 6 weeks of age. All the critical development stages end at 6 weeks. The reason most registered breeders keep the pups for the additional 2 weeks is to provide more socialisation while they are there. This is due to the fact that most people purchasing puppies have no idea about the critical period of socialisation which can ultimately decide whether your dog can function well in society or not.

    From the age of 3 weeks to 14 weeks is the critical period for dogs to be exposed (safely) to all stimuli, such as thunder sounds, fireworks sounds, machinery, house hold appliances, children and the elderly, cars, different flooring, water, etc. If they are going to be a show dog, if they were not exposed to a hair dryer or brush during this time, they would have no hope of this as they would be too terrified to have a hair dryer even come near them.

    3/4 weeks - 6 weeks is the time dogs learn from their mother and litter mates how to be a dog, the correct body postures and facial expressionm vocalisations and play, submission, greetings, etc. Once the 6 weeks is up, it's fine for the pups to leave the litter, as long as their new owner continues the socialisation.

    It is also important for the pups to be in a litter of at least 4 (2 boys, 2 girls). This is to ensure they develop their nervous system with play fighting, etc. If there is less than 4, then it is really important that you get together with another dam and her pups (of a friend or fellow registered breeder) to help develop this.

    I hope this has helped cement into your mind that you are doing nothing wrong by selling the pups at 6 weeks of age, as long as they have been and will be properly socialised.

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    As a registered breeder for over 20 years now I've raised quite a few litters.

    I've really not qot too much problem with puppies leaving at 6 weeks provided the new owner is very dog savvy and once upon a time our preferred age was 7 weeks for pup to leave for their new home, that extra week seemed to make a huge difference.

    However, there is a real difference in play between 6 weeks and 8 weeks and their characters are still very much developing, this is when the bossy one or the quiet one will really show itself and benefit from learning what happens and how to react and interract. I've done my Cert III and puppy pre-school courses etc and now all about the critical periods of socialisation etc but what I type here is from observation.

    It is also beneficial if you can have the puppies around older dogs, in your case you can have these pups very much around mum as they cannot continue to feed, while many breeders in an attempt to wean puppy have to remove mum but generally do have other adolescent dogs that are good with pups.

    I no longer force wean my puppies and they go to their new homes from 9 weeks of age. It's a lot of work for me, taking them out in the car and exposing them to noises etc, but since I will take a pup/dog back at any stage in it's life assuring they get the right start and not leaving it up to new owners benefits everyone and the pup.
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    If you are a registered breeder it's against the COE to sell pups under eight weeks.

    IMO six weeks is too young. There is a lot a puppy can learn between 6-8 weeks with it's litter mates, like bite inhibition, that makes a big difference. There is a big difference developmentally between a puppy at 6 weeks and a puppy at 8 weeks. I wouldn't take a six week old puppy myself, and I would be concerned about the ethics of a breeder that lets them go at that age.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smeagle View Post
    If you are a registered breeder it's against the COE to sell pups under eight weeks.

    IMO six weeks is too young. There is a lot a puppy can learn between 6-8 weeks with it's litter mates, like bite inhibition, that makes a big difference. There is a big difference developmentally between a puppy at 6 weeks and a puppy at 8 weeks. I wouldn't take a six week old puppy myself, and I would be concerned about the ethics of a breeder that lets them go at that age.
    This may be a stupid question, but what is the COE? Code of Ethics??

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    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.

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