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02-14-2014 03:57 PM
Makobytes I agree with Doc,a puppy's brain is still being wired at that age and forming the puppy Into the adult that it will be. It is not just socialization it also includes other behaviours in the dog's genetic range that are either enhanced or suppressed. Drives can be exploited at that age and a lot of behaviours can be imprinted. You are not doing the puppies any favor by leaving them with the litter too long. Many puppies kept with their litter too long may not interact with toys or will be too submissive, they also may not be able to make as good a bond with their humans as well as if they were separated at the proper time.
Good post Ruby

Markobytes
02-13-2014 10:25 PM
Doc Believe it or not there is more to breeding than birthing pups. It's the little things that breeders know and do that forms the foundation and future of the pup. Unfortunately, many breeders just birth pups and hope supposedly good genetics will carry the pup forward. It doesn't work that way.
02-13-2014 10:18 PM
RubyTuesday There's no good substitute for those early experiences. Unfortunately, marginal breeders might not be aware of this. Others probably don't even care. Sadly, the pups such breeders produce are often double whammied with iffy genetics as well. Good dogs don't usually come cheap but they'd be a bargain at even double the prices which are commonly charged.
02-13-2014 08:09 PM
Doc
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Doc, I agree with what you posted, but it doesn't rule out a 14 wk old pup. It's simply one of the very important reasons to go with a knowledgable, experienced breeder who does it right.
Sure it can be done. It will be much easier IF the pup has certain experiences while younger.
Dogs that are exposed to litter mates and humans and have some sort of training starting after day 21 will respond to training much better when they are older pups. The brain retains the pathways to learn when started earlier. Those pathways are less developed if their first exposure to people, animals, and training is not done until week 14. But what do I know?
02-13-2014 08:07 PM
Charlie W I got my GSD at 14 weeks because the breeder had lots of buyers who wanted black and gold dogs, and ended up with three sable bitches that took a bit longer to find homes. When we brought Norah home, she was house trained already which was fantastic. She was still little enough to be a cute puppy, which is really good when you take them out and about to socialize them, people love making a fuss of cute puppies!
I say it's a great age to get a pup, but find out how it's been kept for those 14 weeks, i.e has it had lots of positive interaction with people?
02-13-2014 07:56 PM
RubyTuesday Doc, I agree with what you posted, but it doesn't rule out a 14 wk old pup. It's simply one of the very important reasons to go with a knowledgable, experienced breeder who does it right.
02-13-2014 05:26 PM
Doc
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yes, early socializing is important but it can be done with a 14 week
old dog that hasn't had much socializing. think beyond the text book.
This ain't my first rodeo. Book learning and 100 years of experience. Sure it can be done, whatever you say.
02-13-2014 05:16 PM
mchcthrn I wouldn't. I live in the city and I need my dogs to be okay in a variety of crazy situations and with a large variety of people and dogs. Missing a chance to work with a puppy during the critical socialization period (4 to 12 weeks) would be a definite no for me. I'm not saying it's impossible to have a nice dog if you bring it home at 14 weeks, just that you are placing a lot of faith in your breeder and the genetics of your dog. Just my opinion, good luck!
02-13-2014 05:10 PM
doggiedad yes, early socializing is important but it can be done with a 14 week
old dog that hasn't had much socializing. think beyond the text book.

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If you understand early puppy development, it makes perfect sense. How a pup reacts to humans and other dogs is formed way before 14 weeks. If the breeder is interacting and "socializing" the pup between week 3 and 14, the older pup will have a much better chance of interacting and socializing at an older age when put into a new home. If there has been very little human interaction and if the pup is kept in a kennel with his litter mates with no individual time with a human, the chances of good socialization at an older age is not good. He can't go back and learn it. If he was taught/exposed at a early age - after 21 days - his chances of bonding and interacting is greatly increased. Reaseach backs it up.
02-13-2014 05:01 PM
Doc If you understand early puppy development, it makes perfect sense. How a pup reacts to humans and other dogs is formed way before 14 weeks. If the breeder is interacting and "socializing" the pup between week 3 and 14, the older pup will have a much better chance of interacting and socializing at an older age when put into a new home. If there has been very little human interaction and if the pup is kept in a kennel with his litter mates with no individual time with a human, the chances of good socialization at an older age is not good. He can't go back and learn it. If he was taught/exposed at a early age - after 21 days - his chances of bonding and interacting is greatly increased. Reaseach backs it up.
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