Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.
I got my first dog (as in my first dog that wasnt my mums) when I was 17 and she was only 5 weeks old. Yes I had grown up with dogs but I certainly wasn't exactly experienced at doing all the work myself.
Like my post above, apart from an intial bite inhibition problem, we had no issues at all. She would have been my most social, well behaved, easily trained dog out of all the dogs I have had since.
I think in place of experience you can have willingness to learn and do what needs to be done.
I definitely don't recommend to get a pup before 8 weeks but I thik in the majority of cases it is not going to produce major issues - particularly at 7 weeks.
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.
It would be interesting, IMO, to see the figures for pre 8 week adoption and issues vs post 8 week adoption and issues. I dont think there would be too much of a difference.
I will just clarify for all those who get a bit high and mighty, I do not think pups should be rehomed before 8 weeks.
I am the OP... We did end up taking her at 7 weeks when we were up there visiting, in preference to transporting her by Dogmovers at 8.5 weeks. The breeders were very knowledgable (dog trainers, actually) and felt that the individual pup in question was definitely ready, and they prepared us thoroughly.
I am very glad that we chose this and now wonder what I was ever worried about. She was fabulous - a 4.5 hour tip with us with no fuss at all and plenty of bonding, versus the misery of 6 hours alone in a darkened van, with who knows what other doggy germs and noise all around.
She learned so much in her first week that I am very pleased we had the opportunity to begin her training so young. She happily (and very cutely!) would sit, lie down, and most of the time pee outside, by 8 weeks of age. She is now a confident little girl and very healthy.
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That's fantastic to hear Finlay.
Enjoy your pup, like kids, they grow up far too qick lol
7wks isn't that big a deal under 6wks is. But many they don'y have the full amunity to travel before 8wks is all.
Dogs make everyday life enjoyable...........
Well the pup was never going to die, the extra week is appreciated though.
Im glad all is working out
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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.
That type of breeding is exactly what you say Molly and your anger at it is totally justified, but I do not think this thread is about that sort of situation, not the breeder trying to offload pups early but people wanting to save their pup a long stressful trip with dog movers.
I do hope the people do report those breeders and hope that the floods do not delay our new laws in QLD for too long, BYB will not be at all so inviting once they do come in so take heart, things are slowly happening to stop this.
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