I also prefer to pick my puppy out as close to eight weeks as possible as I think puppies can change a lot between 6-8 weeks especially in how they interact with their litter mates, which is one thing I look at closely when selecting a puppy.
Thanks for the feedback Guys. Smeagle, I will keep that in mind re: bahaviour changes up to 8 weeks.
I think you have any potential new owner interest - you could let them visit and play with the puppies from 6 weeks old - though some breeders are a bit fussy about the potential for getting the puppies sick this way - check with your vet.
RSPCA says not to take puppies before 8 weeks. I agree with the vaccination - takes two weeks to be effective, and the social problems that puppies taken too young can have. Those small white fluffy bitsas that try to kill everything they see - gone from litter to young in many cases.
How old should a puppy be before they are adopted/purchased? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase
Hy I like it when potential puppy owners visit and allow them from 4 weeks of age, you do have to be careful that they haven't been to any rescues or dog parks etc, good screening and contact with your puppy owners means you've already informed them of safe socialisation. The more the merrier as far as I'm concerned. You do have to watch the type of person you invite in of course, their kids etc, especially those kids that won't listen to either me or their parent.
I'm lucky to have two very noisy teenagers in the house, so loud music and slamming doors etc doesn't upset my pups and from 3.5 weeks old they move from the whelping box to the play pen in the lounge room and at about 4 weeks, weather permitting spend several hours outside exploring. I work on the basis of introducing them to 7 new things, be it surfaces or different toys or noises, faces, the vac, bones, etc every day.
I was very happy when the rules came in to extend the age to 8 weeks or two weeks after first vacination if done after 6 weeks, really takes the pressure off breeders to cover all the bases.
Liss you will see a huge difference between 6 and 8 weeks, one of the biggest things I find is their energy level increases so in turn does their interractions with each other which has got to be a good thing. If a buyer is genuine they will wait those two weeks or you can simply explain to them it's the rules.
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Taking it all on board I just want to do what's best for the pups and they have all just been moved into our lounge room tonight they were downstairs in our spare bedroom but with all the rain we have had here under our house is flooding
I would agree about the 8 weeks and hope the breeder also works with the pups during this stage. Due to various circumstances I have rarely picked up a pup before about 9-10 weeks but I knew the breeders were continuing to socialise them. I have had a pup many years ago at 6 weeks and she came into a house filled with people, dogs and action so she was fine and grew into a fab dog.
I usually start socialising in public early but I carry the pup to many busy places and get them used to being held gently by other people, with dogs I usually go to other friends nice dogs homes. They get their 2nd vacc at 10-11 weeks and a week later we go out on the ground.
I am wary of parvo as I have had a couple of friends lose their pups to parvo after going out on the streets and dog parks before their second vaccination. Summer is a particularly high risk time for parvo. Winter not so bad. Again it depends where you live. I used to live in a very high risk summer time parvo area as there was a very high proportion of unvaccinated dogs that tended to roam.
I agree with 8 weeks being a good age...but I got one of my dogs at 5 weeks, and personally prefer to get them as young as I can (within reason of course). 5 weeks was too young...but I would happily take home a baby between 6 and 8 weeks if it was ready to go.
I do think for most people though, 8 weeks is a good age.
Socialisation depends on the person. Some people dont vax so dont worry about that aspect etc.
When we got Chev at 5 weeks, she immediately started going out with us...but back then I didnt really vax at all. Though Chev did get her 3 puppy ones...and contracted parvo about 3 weeks after her last vax. I take my very young babies down to the beach at low tide until they have built up some natural immunity.
We lost one pup when I was a kid from parvo (I was devastated). he was 3 months old and that was waaaaaay back in the day when they got their first vax at 3 months (this is in NZ so it may have been different here) and that was th eonly one they got as a pup.
I had Bandit picked out as my FIL's working dog but by 8 weeks it was Jess who showed the better traits. From memory he took Jess at about 4 months of age as he doesn't want them too young. The older dogs train the younger.
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