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Getting a puppy at 16 weeks...

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by amanda123, Jul 26, 2009.


  1. amanda123

    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    Hi guys

    We are getting our puppy in mid- August. She will be around 16 weeks when we get her, as the breeder kindly agreed to keep her till we return from an important visit to our family next week. We will then be at home to give her all the attention she needs. So looking forward to it!

    Just wondering what the pros and cons will be of getting her at a relatively 'old' age- as opposed to getting her at 8-12 weeks?

    I hope she will be better socialised as the breeder is also a dog fosterer, but am worried she could have got into bad habits re toilet training...

    What do you think?

    Amanda x
     
  2. goodvic2

    goodvic2 PetForums VIP

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    6-12 weeks is the optimum socialisation period. I only have rescue dogs, but if I was going to get a pup, I would make damm sure that during this period they got maximum socialisation.

    It depends on what the breeder does with the pup in the way of house training and socialisation. If the breeder treats the pup as if it were going to be one of her's/his, then you probably wouldn;t have much to worry about.

    Hope that helps x
     
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    Freyja PetForums VIP

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    We had a pup that we bred stay with us untill he was 14 weeks as his owner was going abroad. They wanted to get out of going but as they were going with friends they couldn't just cancell the trip. They paid for his vaccinations and he went along with his brother and sister to the vets. He was treated as if he was one of my own and when he went he was almost completely house trained and was well socialised.

    The only problem they had was as he had been living with his brother and sister it took him a little longer than normal to settle in to life as an only dog. He is now 15 months and is a happy healthy well travelled dog. He travells to Spain with his owners for his holidays.
     
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    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    There are lots of other dogs there and they all seem to love her! As she is a dog fosterer, I guess she will treat my pup as one of her own... Fingers crossed!

    Thanks
     
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    Freyja PetForums VIP

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    The only problem we had with keeping the whippet pup untill he was 14 weeks was they had told us they wanted to call him William and my greyhound is called William it caused great fun especially at the vets as we ended up with Big Willie and Little Willie as they got William whippet and William greyhound mixed up.
     
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    amanda123 PetForums Member

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    Yeah- good point! She is gonna get him vaccinated which is cool. She doesn't speak English so communication is a little awkward as my German isn't great either!

    A x
     
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    Freyja PetForums VIP

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    If you don't speak german and the breeder doesn't speak english you may have a communication problem with the pup at first as if she gives her a comand to lets say wee when she's outside she will presumably give the command in german so make sure when you pick the pup up you ask her for the commands she's been using as the pup will not understand the english word
     
  8. Depends what time and effort the breeder has put into socializing the puppy!
    8-12 weeks are the vital stages in a dogs life and good socialization is vital
    regards
    Dt
     
  9. HighlandQuine

    HighlandQuine PetForums Senior

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    We got Bailey at 4 1/2 months old from a rescue centre, no history about him. 4 1/2 months on, so far so good! No terrible habits that are apparent, he was a bit like a blank canvas, although it's still early days. We got him in to training classes as soon as possible, I think we had him 2 weeks and he was at his first class and that's helped amazingly.

    Good luck with your pup! :)
     
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