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Maverick27 03-01-2014 09:14 AM

Waiting for 8 wks (fear period to ship at 8 wks?)
Hello all, my name is Adrian I'm new here. I've recently found a puppy I want and am still waiting for week 8. I need some input so if you have any please share. The puppy I found is currently with a reputable breeder in the mid-west, I've read about something called a fear period and I'm certainly concerned because the dog is going to be flown out to us. I'm not sure the details of the delivery however given the price she quoted I'm sure he'll be flying alone. I'd hate to shoot myself in the foot before I get started, so here's my question

Should I fly out to the breeder to pick up the dog or wait an extra week for the fear period to pass and then have her send him out?

Thanks is advance!

Sp00ks 03-01-2014 09:45 AM

Well, I can't directly answer your question however I don't think it would make much difference if you flew out and back with the dog or just had the dog fly alone.

I will say that our pup was Mr. Brave at 8 weeks and the fear period came later. I am going to say each dog is different. Is there something to make you believe the dog is currently going through some type of fear period?

People ship pups all the time, The breeder included, I wouldn't be overly concerned. Discuss your concerns with the breeder, they should be very knowledgable on the subject.

Mary Beth 03-02-2014 05:42 PM

My Sting was shipped at 8 weeks and did just fine. That is the usual age that breeders ship puppies as the airlines require the puppies to be at least 8 weeks old. Yes, there are fear periods. The Monks of New Skete in their book "The Art of Raising a Puppy" discuss the fear periods and mention that most breeders place their puppies with their new owners at 7-10 weeks of age as that is the optimal time for puppies to bond with their new owners.

boomer11 03-02-2014 05:58 PM

mine was also shipped at 8 weeks (9 hour flight w/ layover) and he came out of the crate ready to play. he slept in that same crate at night.

at 9 weeks he was following me around while i was mowing the yard. a solid dog should do just fine. they might be fearful and get startled by things but a good solid dog will recover quickly.

i will say that does not look like a reputable breeder whatsoever. if it was me i'd cancel if i could and pick a better one.

JakodaCD OA 03-02-2014 06:42 PM

The link you posted, shows ALOT of different breeds being bred. This is not a place I would even think of buying a puppy from.

I agree a solid dog should do fine. Mine was 8.5 wks and in flight for around 12 hours? no problems.

Honestly tho, I would rethink getting a dog from this place.

my boy diesel 03-02-2014 06:44 PM

wow this is a big time puppy mill :(

B and T Canine Corral

these first two puppies dont even look like gsds!!??

Mocha 03-02-2014 06:50 PM

I second that that is definitely NOT a reputable breeder. That looks like puppy mill palooza.

Anyways, I personally don't like shipping puppies but I know it's worked out for many people. The puppy needs solid nerves however and I'm not so sure you're gonna find them in that place..

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Mocha 03-02-2014 06:51 PM


Originally Posted by my boy diesel (Post 5123425)
wow this is a big time puppy mill :(

B and T Canine Corral

these first two puppies dont even look like gsds!!??

The first two look like rotti mixes, the third one looks like a golden retriever ??!!?

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my boy diesel 03-03-2014 01:02 PM

i thought the same about the yellow puppies
they look like goldens or golden mixes
the 1st two are the homeliest looking gsd pups i have seen for a while
with horrible conformation
that is if they are actually gsds

Maverick27 03-08-2014 09:56 AM

Thanks to you all! I tried calling and she was dodged my calls. I canceled immediately, and am going with a local breeder here in SoCal German Shepherd Dogs and German Shepherd Puppies California Kennels. Her lines are imported from Germany, and aka paperwork goes back 4 generations. I'm definitely more comfortable with this breeder. Thanks for all the input! We're going to visit the liter tomorrow, but can't pick til 3-29. Pics to come soon.

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