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    Hi Guys,

    My pup is 6.5 weeks now, and the last time I saw him he was 3 weeks.
    I want to know how he is socializing and what his personality is like as the next time I see him it will be 8 weeks, how do I ask this question to the breeder without sounding annoying/rediculous.

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    You are entitled to ask how the puppies have been raised since you last visited. I'd be worried about a person coming to see my puppies if they were not interested in how they were raised, what they'd experienced, how they've coped with noises, what they've been exposed to, have they been for a car ride, did my puppy get sick. Have they had a bone?

    If a person just wanted to collect their puppy and go home then they wouldn't get a puppy from me.

    What did you think of their "set-up" at 3 weeks of age?

    Are the puppies running around close to the house or are they being kenneled away from the house???? If it's close to the house then they would of heard doors slam, the vacuum, etc. (remember 8 week old puppies are messy and it's time they were outside running around building muscle etc). I always keep my puppies close to the house & I have a set up where they can come inside to a large play pen area with their bed but not any further, but from there they can see the family, hear and watch TV and the family are always picking them up to give them a cuddle, but at the same time they are also learning what it's like to be confined. What have they done to give their puppies maximum exposure?

    Do the breeders have kids, do they have a cat, do they own other breeds? And if so have the puppies seen the bigger dogs or smaller dogs, what's my puppies personality like now?

    Ask what they've been fed, how good an eater is your puppy, has he had bones, is he a scoffer?

    I always have a couple of my older dogs out with my puppies so new owners can see they are learning how to interact and behave with older dogs, if your breeder does not, ask if they spend any time with any of the older dogs. Perhaps see them thru a fence (Remember mum will now more than likely be spending some time away from them so her milk supply can dry up a bit).

    If your breeder is not happy to answer all your questions then I'd be more worried about them than coming across as annoying yourself.
    Last edited by MAC; 10-17-2011 at 09:35 AM.

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    What MAC said ^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC View Post
    You are entitled to ask how the puppies have been raised since you last visited. I'd be worried about a person coming to see my puppies if they were not interested in how they were raised, what they'd experienced, how they've coped with noises, what they've been exposed to, have they been for a car ride, did my puppy get sick. Have they had a bone?

    If a person just wanted to collect their puppy and go home then they wouldn't get a puppy from me.

    What did you think of their "set-up" at 3 weeks of age?

    Are the puppies running around close to the house or are they being kenneled away from the house???? If it's close to the house then they would of heard doors slam, the vacuum, etc. (remember 8 week old puppies are messy and it's time they were outside running around building muscle etc). I always keep my puppies close to the house & I have a set up where they can come inside to a large play pen area with their bed but not any further, but from there they can see the family, hear and watch TV and the family are always picking them up to give them a cuddle, but at the same time they are also learning what it's like to be confined. What have they done to give their puppies maximum exposure?

    Do the breeders have kids, do they have a cat, do they own other breeds? And if so have the puppies seen the bigger dogs or smaller dogs, what's my puppies personality like now?

    Ask what they've been fed, how good an eater is your puppy, has he had bones, is he a scoffer?

    I always have a couple of my older dogs out with my puppies so new owners can see they are learning how to interact and behave with older dogs, if your breeder does not, ask if they spend any time with any of the older dogs. Perhaps see them thru a fence (Remember mum will now more than likely be spending some time away from them so her milk supply can dry up a bit).

    If your breeder is not happy to answer all your questions then I'd be more worried about them than coming across as annoying yourself.
    The pups were inside a whelping box when I saw them, it was big enough for mum 9 pups and extra room for them to crawl around.
    The box is inside the kitchen, he has 2-3 children from what I saw and they were very involved with the pups, I asked before what type of socialization they were going to get, he said they will be outside at around 5 weeks and the lawn mower, kids playing with them, outside noises etc.
    Thank you for that, it gives me a much greater understanding of what I should be asking. I will send him an email now.

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    This is what I asked

    Mr. Chief would be at his most talkative stage at the moment so I just had a few questions about his social development at present.

    How is he coping with outside & loud noises like doors slamming, lawn mower etc?
    Has he been for a car ride yet? if so did he get sick or was he scared?
    Are the pups still in the house or have they been moved outside?
    do they still get to roam around in the house or are they confined to a particular space?
    If they are outside how does chief cope? does he like it ??
    How are the pups with piper (their adolecent female), have they been introduced to eachother yet? if so how does chief react?
    What is his personality like now, is he dominate, playful, I see he has a very cute belly?? is he a good eater and is he a scoffer or does he take his time?
    What food are they on? and have they been given any bones yet?? if so what bones??

    all these things will help me better prepare for him at home and for the long car trip.
    I am posting you a towel/blanket can you please put it in the pups sleeping area and make sure mum and pups get their sent all over it haha I want his first few night at home to not be so stressful for him.

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    I'm sure scent is not all that will get on that towel.

    I think it's great you're showing an interest.

    If you're worried about coming across all wrong - sometimes a phone call is better because you are more likely to know if what you said went down wrong, and get yourself out of trouble. So you could send an email saying you're excited about your new puppy and want to ask a bunch of questions about how he's going, and when is a good time to call.

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    LOl hya at the towel comment

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    I speak to the breeder regularly so I think he knows im just a very excited future pup owner.....well as long as the pup smell his family on the towel im happy.

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