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    Sheena, why ask if its ok and then everytime someone says its best not to, argue about it.

    Seeing as you asked, I will give my opinion whether you want it or not.

    IMO, you are best to wait until 8 weeks. It s important for them to have socialisation with their littermates. Thats just to put it simply.

    However, its not all doom and gloom if you get the pup sooner. When I was 17, I got MY first dog (i.e. not my mums) and she was only 5 weeks old. Apart from the fact that she didn't have any bite inhibition (I used to have to wrap my arms in towels to play with her initialy, until I taught Gentle) she was perfect in every single way. She was smart, learnt quickly, extremely well behaved, had a stunning temperament, never had any issues with any other dogs (i.e. was wonderfully socialised).

    That doesnt mean you wont have issues though. But IMO, issues can happen regardless of age.

    So it's not always bad to get one young (I can remember when 6 weeks was the norm), however its not the ideal situation for the puppy. remember, they are just little wee babies and they need their mumma and their littermates. So if you can, I would wait the extra 2 weeks.

    I am more concerned with the fact you dont seem to care about taking the baby away from its family at 6 weeks. Without purposefully trying to upset you, it makes me question your ability. Most people want what is best for the pup, not what is best for themselves.
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    I have a puppy book which says a 6 week old puppy is, in terms of development, similar to a human 2 year old. At 8 weeks, they are equivalent to a human 3 year old. So in those two weeks, they learn what it takes a human baby a whole year.

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    I agree with the others. I had first hand experience when Pretty had her oops litter.
    The difference between 6 and 8 weeks was huge.
    I wish you luck if you choose your own wants over the needs of the pup.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    i got Jack when he was 6 weeks old, but that was only because i knew no better. Next pup will definately be 8 weeks. I can't say Jack has suffered by not having those extra 2 weeks but cause he didn't get them i'll never know what might have been. I know he knew nothing about bite inhibition when playing with me, i had little pin holes all over me, and a few rips from before i learnt to open his jaws before trying to remove arm/finger/hand but he learnt "gentle" soon enough and has never been an issue since

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    I actually don't know why I asked, I just wanted opinions.

    I have asked everyone I know who knows what they are doing when it comes to raising puppies

    I'm sorry if I sound rude, I'm not trying to be. Talking to people doesn't come natual to me...
    But I don't like being judged on something I may or may not do expecially when you don't know whether or not I'm cabable of raising my little man as his mum..

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    Quote Originally Posted by xx_sheena_xx View Post
    I actually don't know why I asked, I just wanted opinions.

    I have asked everyone I know who knows what they are doing when it comes to raising puppies

    I'm sorry if I sound rude, I'm not trying to be. Talking to people doesn't come natual to me...
    But I don't like being judged on something I may or may not do expecially when you don't know whether or not I'm cabable of raising my little man as his mum..
    No one is judging you Sheena, you asked for advice, and got it from people who have experience raising young pups, what you choose to do with that information is up to you. and whether you are willing to wait the 2 extra weeks and give your pup a better start ...or not.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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    If you feel you must take the pup early, is it because you don't think the food it's fed is the best? If so, you could take extra around, take extra for mum and siblings, just to help them along, not because you feel obliged, but just as a dog lover's gift. OR, if you must ignore what really experienced and clearly besotted dog people advise, didn't you say the mum wasn't far from you? Could you just take the baby to sleep with you, in bed, and drop it off with it's mum, during the day? That would give puppy time with mum, tho' it sounds like the other puppies may be gone... but that would be lovely for the puppy, when you are away from home. You'll know it was safe and it will feel safe and secure, cos it's mum is around. I didn't feel strongly about early desexing, but the serious research and knowledge of the people here, convinced me to hold out as long as possible, if I ever rescue another pup. I love dogs, but I don't breed and unlike behaviour, it wasn't a major interest. They had done heavy duty research and I know many of the people that advised me, would be dream homes for my rescues. If they are at you like terriers, it's because they are genuinely trying to give your pup the best life. Sometimes, for a loved one, you have to really analyse why you want something, and if it is not the best for them, then you give a first gift of love to them - patience. It's only 2 weeks in perhaps close to 20 years, if you are lucky. You can still visit. If you can't wait, whatever the reason, do try to have the puppy go to 'daycare' with mum, each day, for that 2 weeks.

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    Yeah - xx_sheena_xx - in an ideal world - yes, puppies should and would stay with mum and the rest of the litter until the pup is 8 weeks old or even older. So, sometimes we have to deal with the cards that are dealt and play the game the best we can. Maybe, I am reading too much in what you have said previously - but anyway here goes.

    It is no biggie getting a pup at 6 weeks. Like Lala, my first pup was barely 5 weeks old when I bought her home for the first time and that was over 36 years ago - and she turned out fine. Also, think of all the the puppies that are dumped at shelters and with rescue groups. Yes, they wait until the pups are 8 weeks before finding new homes for them - mostly because they can't be de-sexed before then because of weight restrictions. But there are a lot of times these pups are without mum and/or their litter mates while in the shelters or with foster carers.

    When I fostered 2 pups - I was told by the shelter that they were almost 6 weeks old, and I would have them for 2 weeks. Well, that didn't eventuate - because these little things were barely 4 weeks old and after I explained why to the shelter, they were with me for 4 weeks. It was a hard slog getting them to the stage of being re-homed - and I could not have done it without heaps of help from my neighbours for socialising and behaviour modification and general training. I took them back on a Friday morning, they were de-sexed that lunch time and left the shelter by 11 am on the Saturday.

    So xx_sheena_xx, be aware:
    that you will need to be very patient with things like toilet training,
    socialise with heaps of different people,
    that until puppy's injections are all to date - then you will be very restricted to where you take this little fellow and who he can play with.

    Other that that - 'Heaps of Good Luck' and don't be frightened to ask questions in the future. You probably think you got the wrong end of the stick here - but we really care about dogs and other animals and probably wish we all were in an ideal world !

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    It's not because I'm not willing to wait an extra two weeks, I should have made myself clearer.
    I love this puppy, I want to do what's right for him but at the moment I don't feel that waiting is the best.

    The other puppies will be going at 6 weeks, so he won't really have any company other than humans, where as at my house he will have my dog to play with and cuddle and sleep with. She is very loving and gentle to everything.

    I do relise I will have to put so much more effort into making him stable, confident and social but I'm willing to do it...

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    Don't forget, that if you have any questions or queries - please do not be afraid to ask the forum! There are some really awesome trainers on here to help - and/or - there are the rest of us !

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