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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 molly33 View Post
    Hearing more and more stories about pups going to their homes at 6 weeks, mainly by byb wanting to off load the pups.
    Only yest a couple picked up 2, 5 week old , STB. The so called breeder had no idea and they took 2 because the breeders were feeding the bitch bread, butter and vegemite with a bit of Aldi food. She was all ribs and hip bones and not feeding the pups. Told them to report them. This is BS.
    All too familiar to my ears. I remember my parents getting their second dog (so they could breed) from a BYB who said she was 6 or 7 weeks old, also found out from the BYBs young kids that this was mummy dog's 6th or 7th litter. When we brought her home her poop suggested that she was still feeding off the mother, also because of her size i'd say she was only 5 or barely 6 weeks old.

    When that same girl had pups of her own my parents would advertise them as 8 week old pups, even if they were between 5 - 8 weeks of age. This is why I could never support people who are not registered breeders. Even if the pups were healthy (which they weren't) they developed all sorts of problems from leaving the mother at such a young age. My parents often had calls of "my puppy won't stop crying after a week" or "she doesn't get along with my other dog/kids", etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post

    Like I said earlier, I remember a number of years ago all pups (and kittens for that matter) were rehomed at 6 weeks. if it was as damaging as is being made out in here, we would be seeing a lot of older dogs with mental problems
    Mmmmmm, yes, but in the past punitive methods of punishment were also the accepted norm and we've moved beyond that with advanced knowledge...

    But, honestly, 8-10 weeks is developmentally ideal as a general rule. With sense, help from a knowledgeable breeder snd a willingness to accept a possible risk, then earlier is not going to kill the pup (as Myf said)... For me, if possible, taking everything into account (I have strong ideas about what I want in a puppy which others may/ may not agree with!!), I simply want to 'stack the deck' as heavily in my favor as I can...

    Finley; glad it's worked out for you so far... Good luck, enjoy!!

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    I think it can depend on the pup. I would now days never take home a pup before 8 weeks unless I was in a situation that Finley was and at 7 weeks I would.

    Long time ago my first pup came home at 6 weeks. I was fortunate that this little ACD was of an incredibly sound temperament and it all worked out well.

    However I remember as a kid in the sixties and seventies, when pups were always taken at 6 weeks that in retrospect there were a lot of dogs with issues. I remember being nipped and chased by various friends dogs, if this ocurred the kids were usually blamed or one day you would go round for a play date and the dog had dissapeared. The children of the house would give in retrospect some implausible reason and it would be forgotten and a new pup may arrive or not. I remember a young dog sinking his teeth into a the back of a friend at a childs party when I was about 10, and the police coming to take the pup - a GSD, away.

    My last couple of dogs have come home at 10 weeks because of where I live and trying to organise a pick up and the breeders have been fine with holding them for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lala View Post
    Like I said earlier, I remember a number of years ago all pups (and kittens for that matter) were rehomed at 6 weeks. if it was as damaging as is being made out in here, we would be seeing a lot of older dogs with mental problems.
    I wouldn't call it "mental problems", but we do see a lot of dogs with behaviour problems due to lack of proper socialisation. Just by reading forums, let alone in real life.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    "mental problems" as just a figure of speech.

    I wouldnt say a lot with behavioural problems at all...I would say that the majority of dogs are balanced and happy.

    Of the minority with behavioural issues, some of those may be pups rehomed too young, some may be poor breeding, some more may be cruddy owners, some would be lack of training...etc etc.

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