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arctic 07-05-2014 08:27 AM

8 weeks to 12 weeks with littermates?
 
Just curious -- are there advantages to having a puppy stay with his littermates and mother from 8 weeks to 12 weeks?

I'm not talking about training (housebreaking, obedience, etc.) that the breeder would engage in, in any.

I'm just looking at it from a pure dog to dog learning perspective. For example, would they learn better bite inhibition, be more social & less insecure, etc?

onyx'girl 07-05-2014 08:33 AM

I think after 8 weeks, pups will start getting pretty rough and need some really strict management when they are together. The pups that are dominant will possibly give the ones that are not as outgoing less confidence....and there may be some ganging up too. Or resource guarding if they are fed together.
Not sure if mom would be into managing or dealing with all those teeth coming at her from every which way!

Imprinting stage is huge during that time, I'd rather see the pups worked with individually, I don't think there is much of a benefit in leaving pups together longer than 8 or 9 weeks.

shepherdmom 07-05-2014 11:18 AM

Due to the rescues rules I couldn't get my boy until 12 weeks. It's been tough. He was very fearful. We are slowly working through it. I do not know how much of his behavior is genetic and how much was influenced by that 8-12 week period. If I had to do it again, I would ask for an exception to the rule.

sehrgutcsg 07-05-2014 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by arctic (Post 5732553)
Just curious -- are there advantages to having a puppy stay with his litter mates and mother from 8 weeks to 12 weeks?

I'm not talking about training (housebreaking, obedience, etc.) that the breeder would engage in, in any.

I'm just looking at it from a pure dog to dog learning perspective. For example, would they learn better bite inhibition, be more social & less insecure, etc?

12 weeks is too darn long unless the owner has held back the best pup for themselves and changed their minds. Which brings up the question why > ?

No, the litter mates in "MY OPINION" are not going to make much difference in aggression, soft bites, hunt & prey drive, ect.

Get the dog @ 6 - 8 weeks and let the puppy learn from you ! I walked my dog at that age outside, some will not, did it help, well, no I doubt it did...

When I got a 16 week dog in Dec. 1987 the dog was shovel shy, bad situation was non-correctable.

A biting dog is a huge liability - unless your judgement proof and you don't mind the dog being quarantined or worse, pts.. Use caution ! :cry:

SGCSG

ILGHAUS 07-05-2014 12:15 PM

Many states (U.S.) require pup to be 8 weeks old to sell. I would never buy a pup less than that age even without the regulations. I would prefer a pup between 8 to 10 weeks of age -- closer to 8+ if I was picking up and closer to 10 if possible if being shipped.


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