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Moving a puppy 2 weeks after getting him?

Hey guys, I was looking for some advice, even though I know it's early! The litter I am getting my puppy from is going to be born around March 7-9, putting his pickup date the weekend of May 3. However, I had planned on visiting my parents (7 hours away) from May 4-13. I was wondering if this would negatively affect him since he would be getting used to a place (right after being separated from his mom and litter mates) and then he would be moved just 10 days later and have to get used to another place. I want to do what's in the best interest for him, and for me too. Do you guys think I should work something out to visit my parents at another time, or do you think the puppy would be okay? Any additional advice would be MUCH appreciated!
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Hey guys, I was looking for some advice, even though I know it's early! The litter I am getting my puppy from is going to be born around March 7-9, putting his pickup date the weekend of May 3. However, I had planned on visiting my parents (7 hours away) from May 4-13. I was wondering if this would negatively affect him since he would be getting used to a place (right after being separated from his mom and litter mates) and then he would be moved just 10 days later and have to get used to another place. I want to do what's in the best interest for him, and for me too. Do you guys think I should work something out to visit my parents at another time, or do you think the puppy would be okay? Any additional advice would be MUCH appreciated!
No expert, but I just picked up my puppy at 12 weeks last week. Today is one full week he has been here. He is finally starting to feel comfortable and figure out the potty thing. I wouldn't want to move him again in 3 more days That would be terrible.
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Leyna and Levi came home at 8 weeks the beginning of November. A week or so later we moved to a temporary place before our new home was ready. We drove 9 hours to my parents for thanksgiving (each way). We did the same for Xmas and then moved to a new house again the first of the new year. It has been too long to remember any specifics, but they always travelled well and were/are quite adaptable.

Paisley flew in to town and we spent a night at my parents before heading to our house. We then took her camping a week or so later. She also seemed to handle it just fine.


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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 02-13-2014, 12:07 AM
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imo
puppies are adaptable
i'd worry some if it was an older dog
but then again i'd still live my life
as i was going to
the dogs adapt
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Why not try to visit your folks before you get the puppy?

I did stop to visit a friend for a few days with a newly acquired puppy 'though. That worked out just fine. (Western Oregon to Eastern Washington to SW Wyoming.) Quite a drive. (involved at least one motel stop too)
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To late to edit my last post but thought I would add I would be concerned about parvo too. If you are stopping at rest stops or in a hotel.
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I think your pup will cope fine, the surroundings will be unfamiliar, but you will be a constant feature. I agree with the parvo worry, I'd be careful where I let the pup out to the toilet.

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I worried about this too as we moved two weeks after bringing our pup home. He did fine and adjusted very quickly to the new door to go out of and new spot to potty. Good luck!
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i don't think moving a puppy will effect him. moving
with the pup will help with his socializing.

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I think if you are worried about it.. as I think I would be too (not for any real harmful reason, I just worry ).. you should either try to visit earlier or as the breeder if you can pick her up when you get back and explain the situation.

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