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Thread: Collecting a Puppy at 7 Weeks Old... Too Young, or No Harm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crested_Love View Post
    What are the hip and elbow scores on the parents of the pup you are getting?
    If you can't answer that back away... no... run away from this breeder.
    As the owner of an elbow dysplastic dog from a less than ethical breeder I would second that, especially with goldies who are prone to these problems.

    ED and HD cause nothing but heartache and expense. The canine associiation over here requires this breed to be hip and elbow scored before being bred.

    And yes crossbreeds are at risk, my friend bought a mix and the dysplasia was so bad that the dog was euthanaised at age 4.

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    OP, seeing as you are asking about age, I am going to respond to the query about age.


    Is it really damaging to get a pup at 7weeks??? I don't think so in the majority of cases.

    Ideally you shouldlnt get the pup til it is 8weeks + but sometimes things happen.

    I got one of my dogs when she was 5 weeks old (I was only 17 and didnt know any better), she was toilet trained within a week, and she was super smart and quick to learn everything. She was ridiculously placid with other dogs and super well behaved. If I look at all round temperament and behaviour, she was the best dog ever. The only issues I had were that she had no bite inhibition at all, but she learnt very quickly.

    Is that always how its going to be? No, sometimes you are going to get a mess of a pup if they are released from mum too soon, but alot of times you wont. A few years ago it was common place to rehome pups at 6 weeks and I dont see that many damaged dogs round the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    OP, seeing as you are asking about age, I am going to respond to the query about age.


    Is it really damaging to get a pup at 7weeks??? I don't think so in the majority of cases.

    Ideally you shouldlnt get the pup til it is 8weeks + but sometimes things happen.

    I got one of my dogs when she was 5 weeks old (I was only 17 and didnt know any better), she was toilet trained within a week, and she was super smart and quick to learn everything. She was ridiculously placid with other dogs and super well behaved. If I look at all round temperament and behaviour, she was the best dog ever. The only issues I had were that she had no bite inhibition at all, but she learnt very quickly.

    Is that always how its going to be? No, sometimes you are going to get a mess of a pup if they are released from mum too soon, but alot of times you wont. A few years ago it was common place to rehome pups at 6 weeks and I dont see that many damaged dogs round the place.
    I have had both - many years ago a fantastic dog with no issues at 6 weeks and one that was so bad it took a lot of time and expert advice to work through it.

    I worked as an obedience and agility trainer at our local club and did we get dogs with issues - you bet, and plenty of them. Trouble is many of the damaged dogs are got rid of before you ever see them. Or in my case you would have never known my dog was damaged because of my training and management of her. Some of our local dog trainers are up to their eyes with dogs with issues.

    I believe that where you can you need to stack the cards in your favour as much as possibble. I have been involved in rescue, taken on and trained rescues with issues, trained for the local club and owned several dysplastic and a severly fear aggressive dog myelf.

    Getting a dog from a breeder who has done all they can as far as likely health issues and temperament is concerned, kept the pups together till 8 weeks, done some gentle handling and socialisation of the pups (not just left in the kennels) and then from 8 to 16 weeks the owner needs to be actively proactive in socialisation.

    Having a dog with issues is no fun so stack the cards in your favour.

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    I got my border collie at 6 to 7 weeks old and shes never looked back, very smart intelligent, sociable towards others and active everything youd expect from this breed,
    1. thing though if you take on a puppy this young you'll need to find some extra time and show extra patients towards the simple things such as toilet training ,chewing and biting,
    on top of everything else puppy ..
    Good luck with your choosing of your new friend.

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    one month is enough for a puppy to be with her mom its normal no effect .

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    Quote Originally Posted by abbasi View Post
    one month is enough for a puppy to be with her mom its normal no effect .
    At one month a puppy is probably (or should be) still feeding off the mother. Far too early to remove a pup in my opinion. I don't even remember at what age their eyes open but I thought it was around 3 - 4 weeks so there is no way that you should even think about removing a pup from it's mum at 4 weeks of age. I hope that you just got your numbers mixed up and wouldn't remove a puppy at 4 weeks.

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    There was actually one study done (and published in DOG WORLD) which found that puppies were better to go at 7 weeks, before they enter their first fear stage, cannot remember by whom now, it was years ago.

    We keep our puppies until at least 8 weeks or even older only because many have to fly long distances and we do not like to do that sooner.

    Some perfectly ethical breeders will let a pup go sooner if it is in the best interest of the pup, if you can aviod the puppy having to take a long journey with dogmovers and have it with you I would see how the breeder feels about it, they will know just how mature the puppy is and weather it should be held back or not.

    As for ANKC rules, pity they would not make a few about breeding from lines known to have serious genetic faults without testing for them.

    Where rules about testing have been bought in, it is almost always the breed clubs, not the ANKC that push to bring them in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abbasi View Post
    one month is enough for a puppy to be with her mom its normal no effect .
    Far too young Abbasi

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    I beleive they need the 8wks & some of mine are even older.
    But the main reason for 8wks is vacc, you can't vacc before 6wks & pup should have at least 10days in the same enviroment it was born in(as they have antibodies from mum to help deal with what is in that backyard) before it leaves. It takes 10-14 days to have full amunity for all their vacced against.
    Pups taken before 6wks are at a disavantage socialy(with other dogs)
    I have found.
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    I have had pups from seven weeks and if they go to a home with other dogs and lots of socialisation it most likely will be fine. The extra week is good for pups to learn bite inhibition and social play. I also have had my Border cross Golden from 5 weeks. And even though we did a lot of socialisation work with her and other dogs, she had some issues. It is only now with a lot of training that we are getting past all of that. She was a puppy rescue, so no choice in the timing. I think if tessa had not lived mainly with gregarious newfies she would be in trouble. it is the reason we initially had trouble with her when we got our Dog aggressive rescue newf. because Tessa never was submissive, even if she was in real trouble from a much larger aggressive dog. But we worked with a really good dog behaviourist/trainer and all was sorted eventually. I am now studying myself to learn more. But there is a huge difference between five weeks and seven......
    I would only take a four week old puppy if i could find another litter of a similar age to put it with.......
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