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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 06:29 PM Thread Starter
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My vacation days can be a bit flexible. I have a lot of vacation time saved up, and this time of year is pretty slow at work so I can kind of take any days I want off. I probably shouldn't go over 3 weeks though.

And I'm going to meet the litter this weekend, so I'll take lots of pictures! Not sure which one is mine yet, but I'm sure they're all great! And completely adorable!
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post #12 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-18-2014, 06:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Pax8 View Post
Once you get to 7.5 to 8 weeks, the next biggest impact is your interaction with your dog.

So to the OP, 7.5-8.5 weeks is a safe range on either end to pick a puppy up in my opinion. So what I would consider is what would coincide best with your vacation. If you could pick him up at 7.5 weeks but might still have a couple days of work, you might consider picking him up later so his first experiences with you can be very closely monitored.

I think this is more a question of at what point can he be worked in most smoothly rather than exactly what day age.
Are you saying I'm making the right decision in waiting an extra week or the wrong one?
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Are you saying I'm making the right decision in waiting an extra week or the wrong one?
I'm saying once you get to that point, it's more of a personal preference. It might help the puppy, but it's not going to make a major difference, and it's not going to hinder it picking it up at 9 weeks instead of 8. So it's really up to the individual.
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That's how I see it as well. Somehow I got confused reading and couldn't figure out which way you were swaying...LOL
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We brought scout home at 7 weeks only beacause we had to because the lady's husband was sick and she had 6 puppies running all over her house. But I recommend the later the better.
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I prefer them older than 7.5 weeks. But only if they are with their sibs and mom and are exposed to plenty of people as well. I got mine at 10 weeks. I don't (want to) know what the shark would have been like when I had taken him at 7 or 8 weeks.
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Either is fine. A few days one way or the other will not make or break a good puppy. I would assess your situation and the breeder's situation. If you feel the breeder will interact with the puppy and play with it, and start house training, etc, having the extra 1/2 week there will be good. If the breeder is working full time outside, or has a lot of dogs or another litter to manage, getting the puppy 1/2 week early will be just as well.

If all other things are equal, but you have an open house or out of town company this weekend, wait until next weekend. If this weekend will be calmer and more stay-at-home, then bring it home on this weekend.

These are the things you want to consider on when to bring home the puppy.

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The breeder seems pretty good with toilet and crate training so far (she had another litter about 1.5 months before ours that she did a lot of work with), and it looks like the pups are getting lots of interaction. (Don't worry - not a puppy mill-type breeder - she only has a few females, just 2 came into heat pretty close to one another.) And we don't really have anything going on, on either weekend. My head is really telling me to see if he can stay for an extra week. Unless all the other puppies go at 7.5 weeks. It's just so hard to wait another 5 weeks - I want him now!! Oh, those 5 weeks are going to crawl by...

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I personally LOVE and prefer older puppies.

The last 3 puppies I have had were all brought home at 11 weeks old.

I usually take 1-2 weeks off of work when I bring them home too.

IMO 10-12 weeks is the best time to bring home a puppy. The puppies are more fun and playful than 8 week old sleepy puppies, they have bigger bladders and can usually hold it a little longer and they pick up with training quicker. Plus if you have a really good breeder, chances are the puppy has other puppies or dogs to interact with and sometimes the breeder has already started potty training.

I also live alone and I have to work so having an older puppy that can hold their bladder a little longer is a huge help to me because I have to leave them for 4 hours at a time.


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Personally I'd go with the 8.5 weeks, but there's no wrong answer in this scenario


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