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    No no no no noooo only a dodgy breeder would give a pup away before 8 weeks. Don't care if the mum has nothing to do with the pups anymore.

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    Farrview, Yes the physical and emotional development in those few weeks is amazing.

    Sheena- Sounds like you have already made up your mind to take the puppy early so I wish you and the new little one well
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    It is not about the mother dog...it is all about the other puppies...this is when they most interact with their equal sized and aged puppies and so they learn bite inhibition and play ( and much more).....This is how they learn to behave appropriately. it is not something an older dog can teach. It is something that is very important......I would not take puppies at 6 weeks. the two weeks form 6-8 weeks make a huge difference in puppy behaviour and will make for better dogs. it is why puppies form puppy farms have so many issues, they often get taken at 6 weeks. I like mine to be even with their litter-mates until 9. Especially if I can also interact with them.

    I know the difference in My Tessa. She was a Rescue puppy at 5 weeks, she did not have the litter socialisation and all the extra socialisation I did to try and catch up, she still is not as well socialised as out other older form the litter puppies were.

    Anyway it sounds like you and your neighbour have already decided...personally i would like to give my puppy the best and that means the longer time spent with the littler mates.

    And yes you will hear of trainers who take puppies earlier, but just remember they are very experienced trainers and can possibly help these puppies gain the socialisation or they do not mind if the dogs is not dog to dog savvy and are happy that they are not as well socialised. I know some security or guard trainers do not mind.......
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    Im sorry but I really dont see much difference...
    I got my dog at 9 weeks old and I had to teach her not to bite, how to be confident around people aswell as other dogs

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    RSPCA and ANKC say not to take the puppy away from the litter and the mum before 8 weeks.

    One reason is the additional immunity the puppy gets from the milk - so the breeder should be encouraging the mum to keep feeding a bit longer, but it seems to me like she wants the pups off her hands so she can get the mum back into season and having more puppies sooner.

    Another reason is the additional social skills the puppy gets from the litter mates especially. Dogs learn to read other dog's body language at this stage, from how to deal with cranky / bored mu, and how to match play styles with the litter mates - and when to stop.

    You will still need to generalise this early training to other environments such as your home and family, and other dogs. But the crucial first lessons are learned with the litter. You may find you can't teach a puppy these things or it's much harder if they leave the mum too young.

    And with the other litter mates is safer than with strange dogs whose temperments you don't know and whose disease status you don't know.

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    There dog got desexed when she had a ceserian!!
    She is not pumping out more puppies nor does she want to!
    She is not a bloody puppy farm...

    Thanks for your opinions, I shall think about what I want to do now

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    If you can get your head around how much puppies grow from week one to week three ( just see how much happens), you will realise how much difference there is from week six to week eight..........Two weeks is a HUGE time in a puppies life

    Also it is not about the puppy biting people. It is about the puppies socialisation with other dogs of its own age and learning social skills with other dogs and the bite inhibition in play with other dogs not people. And how other puppies will not play with the puppies that bite and the puppies that bit get ignored by the others. Those are the lessons we have learned from watching puppies and now use in positive training. I love watching puppies at this 6-8 week stage. it is where you can learn all about dog training. Make the most of this time and just watch this litter at play. No matter what age you get a puppy at you will have to teach it not to bite hard on you and other people. That is just a fact with some puppies. But the play and bite cannot be replicated by us or other older dogs...That is why those two weeks are so very important. There is so much material on this all over the web.........it has been a proven system now for quite some time. I think if people want the best dog in the end, surely two weeks is nothing. Such a short time and such a Huge difference for the puppies future in the dog world not only the human world.
    Pets are forever

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    Sheena its not often I get frustrated lately here anymore....I would rather teach than alienate....

    But sorry,you have had people with years and years experience answer the question YOU asked and you still seem to have made up your mind and continue to make excuses. Is it to perhaps make your own doubts a little less after reading experienced members replies?

    It just cannot be put more simply I'm afraid.
    The 2 weeks will mean a world of difference .
    It wont seem like it to you, but that's because you are not a pup

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    Obviously this is not a pedigree you are purchasing..
    If this person was a registered breeder they wouldn't let
    the pup go to their new home unless 8 weeks old..
    According to the CCCQ which I register my puppies with,
    it is against the law to let a pup go before 8 weeks..

    I even know of some breeders that don't let their new puppies
    go to their new homes until 12 weeks of age..
    Just saying..

    At the end of the day Sheena it's your puppy, so goodluck
    and can't wait to see some new puppy pictures...
    Last edited by Lucky Lady; 05-13-2012 at 10:32 AM.

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    Sheena, like Choppa I very rarely get frustrated here and I rarely comment on threads like this. But you did ask for people's opinions and then appeared to refute every single one, making it appear that your mind was made up and you weren't hearing what you wanted to hear. You have had some very experienced people giving you their informed opinions, I have nothing to add to that, but I respect their opinions.

    Look I know how unbearably exciting it is to get a new pup. With my last one I was at the breeders at the exact earliest pick up day (8 weeks old) even though I had just been up all night at a graduation party in Canberra, flown back to Darwin in the early hours of the morning then driven the 3 hour round trip to get her because I JUST could not wait another minute. Plus having spent the previous 6 weeks since meeting her in an agony of anticipation. And even then you know what? I reckon the breeder (non-registered yes) slightly fudged her birth date by about 1 week to prevent her and her brothers going too early to over eager humans. I'm pretty sure Saffie was nearly 9 weeks old when I picked her up, the difference in her development compared to Oscar's at 8 weeks was quite marked.

    I've known some dogs with no bite-inhibition and poor socialisation with other dogs and it is just an absolute nightmare for the owners and those on the receiving end. I live next door to one and have dealt with several devastated owners and dead or badly damaged dogs over the years - they happened to walk past at the wrong time as the gate was being opened. He's now a legally declared dangerous dog, but still a nightmare, I walk on the road and am eagle eyed for the gate when I walk past with my two. But it happens in nano-seconds I'm afraid. Now I'm not saying that is due to him leaving the litter at 6 weeks old, his owners are idiots and there are plenty of possible reasons that have lead him to be like that.

    All I'm saying is that, even if you strongly believe there to be no problems with taking a dog at 6 weeks and have plenty of examples of perfect dogs that left at 6 weeks, why chance the slightest possibility of not ending up with the most well-adjusted dog you can possibly have for the sake of two weeks?

    And like the others have said, whatever you decide to do good luck and remember to post lots of puppy photos.
    Last edited by Troppo; 05-13-2012 at 11:10 AM. Reason: typos

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