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Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by ad_1980, Aug 8, 2009.


  1. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    Ok my cousins are getting their toy poodle pup in 2 weeks time - it'll be around 11 weeks of age. They aren't getting it at 8 because the breeder won't let the pup go till he is fully vaccinated and microchipped ( the breeder is doing all this). So in two weeks the family have a new addition.

    heres' my question. At what age do you think its suitable to introduce the puppy to the 'family' pack ie my dogs? I want to take Mika to see the puppy as soon as its settled at home but my mum says the pup needs to be older like, 3 months of age...surely its a good idea for puppy to be socialised with other dogs as soon as possible? Isn't it? Or am i very wrong in thinking this here?
     
  2. Buggles

    Buggles PetForums Senior

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    As early as possible especially as she's not getting the puppy until 11 weeks, it needs to have met other dogs etc by 12 weeks- the first 6-12 weeks are the most crucial for socialising.

    Oh, and 11 weeks is 2.5 months of age, so your mum saying 3 months is fine, its only 2 weeks difference.
     
  3. davehyde

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    a s a p, supervised of course.

    at the age now the pup is soaking up info like a sponge.

    it needs to be out and about, carried if nessassary (i hate spelling that word)

    get used to cars buses noise people etc. the more the better.

    the aim is to meet about 100 new people and dogs, does them the world of good.

    3 months is 12 weeks i know, but get him out there and build his confidence earlier rather that later.
     
  4. rona

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    Necessary :lol::lol:

    I do too but I've got spell check on :D
     
  5. ad_1980

    ad_1980 PetForums VIP

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    Can't believe its taken 2 people to tell me what i already know - got into a fight with my mum because she was like 'puppy will be tiny and too young and you should introduce a pup at 3-4 months!' Surely the earlier the better? And whats a toy poodle mika's size going to do to a tiny dog, eat it? I don't think so.....went to bed angry because of such an arguement. I sometimes wonder whether it would be better if i was just silent in the house rather than just say anything at all seeing as no one listens!!! Someone give me permanant laryngitis!
     
  6. PoisonGirl

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    Noo, your mum is wrong. You need to get that puppy introduced to as many dogs as possible, as 8-12 weeks is the most important time and they have missed that!

    Just a pointer, although everyone says meeting lots of dogs, most people don't think of things like, meeting bigger dogs in the darker part of the day. I didn't with Dixie and she still hates meeting bigger dogs when it's not so light.

    I'm looking forward to pics of this puppy :) lol

    x
     
  7. haeveymolly

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    You wouldnt be able to delay this to 3 months if you were getting one and you already had a dog harvey met molly at 5 weeks the breeder is a friend of ours so knew harvey we kept him on the lead so as not to tread on them all he sniffed they sniffed and they were all firm friends in no time we took him up about twice a week i think it helped molly settle as when she was 8 weeks and we brought her home she already knew harvey, he knew her and we have had no probs.
     
  8. davehyde

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    it did come across a bit like we were telling you lol.

    get your mum to read what we have said.

    also google some dog socialisation sites and show her how important it is to their development and how it can help stop issues later in life.
     
  9. Buggles

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    Your mum wasn't wrong by saying 3 months as pup will be almost 3 months old anyway! 11 weeks is 2 weeks shy of 3 months...
     
  10. poochimama

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    lol long as pups had all her vacs it will be fine as someone previously said puppy will be learning new sounds and ppl and will love meeting new dogs to play with . My freya just jumped in at the deep end lol and let all my lot know she was here to stay , she met a new little friend yesterday a 10 week old jack russell down the road was great to see her little tail wagging .
     
  11. lynn9994

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    Having edogs already my Rosie met my lot as soon as she came home not done her any harm, in fact sometimes she thinks shes in charge.. but shes not i am:D
     
  12. Colliepoodle

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    A puppy should be introduced to EVERYTHING as soon as possible.

    At 8 weeks they should be seeing different sights, meeting lots of new people, being exposed to loads of different experiences. The more friendly dogs they meet the better, as long as the dogs are vaccinated.

    Personally, unless the breeder was going to be doing this vital socialising, I wouldn't want a puppy that the breeder was going to keep until it was nearly 12 weeks old. Four weeks is a long time in a puppy's life and I wouldn't want to miss that vital window of opportunity.

    Some people will even take their puppies out and put them down on the ground unvaccinated, figuring that a hell of a lot more dogs end up PTS through behavioural problems arising from poor socialisation than die from diseases. I can't say I'd go that far, but I do see their reasoning.

    So I think your mum is wrong - I don't see any reason why anyone would willingly wait until a pup was 3 months old before starting socialisation.
     
  13. catz4m8z

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    Alot of breeders with toy breeds hang on to pups til 12weeks or longer. Sometimes they can have issues with blood sugar if too little.
    My chihuahua came home at 12weeks and started going out and about straight away. If your mum is worried about meeting larger dogs it helps if you crouch down when saying hello. This gives your puppy a sense of protection but means he still meets other dogs on their level.
    My chiweenie was only 6weeks old when I got her and always came on our walks, even if she did have to enjoy them from the comfort of a handbag at first!!:D
     
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