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01-13-2014 02:41 AM
helensdisturbed What a doll 😉 enjoy .

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01-11-2014 12:51 PM
Lakl Adorable pup!! She does look like a dark sable. Start working with her immediately! Good luck and look forward to watching her grow!
01-10-2014 09:33 PM
Hessa Well she's here! 6 1/2 weeks old. I'm going to have my work cut out for me, but what dog owner doesn't right?

Looks like she'll be a dark sable?
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12-29-2013 08:39 AM
helensdisturbed Noted boomer1 but you need to work hard, all dogs are different. My jack Russell was a nightmare and this breed is angelic next to him. Start as you mean to go on with any pups.

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12-29-2013 02:53 AM
boomer11 lol 14 weeks doesnt mean anything. from 6-12 months will really tell you what kind of dog you have. thats when they start to get more independent and start thinking for themselves. theres a reason most dogs get rehomed during these times.
12-29-2013 02:10 AM
helensdisturbed I got my girl at six weeks due to circumstances that were inevitable so no doubt there will be some comments about that. However, I did see the parents and they were gentle natured and very calm.

But if you do go ahead, be prepared for sleeping on the sofa for at least four weeks as they need support and comfort. These are babies and cry and whine a lot. Then get the jabs ASAP and socialise, take the pup everywhere you go and get them used to other dogs and situations. This is not an option, it's a must. Our girl is a typical gsd and had no issues, seems she mouths ( this is getting better now ) like most of the other pups on here but has no aggression at all. She attends training classes and is so relaxed she falls asleep! Maybe we were lucky but we worked hard.
I fully understand the pros and cons of the age thing but a puppy has all the traits bred into them and you cannot change them. You must see the parents though and judge from there.

Good luck, it's hard work but rewarding. Attached is a pick of Nala at 14 weeks now.

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12-28-2013 11:58 AM
martemchik There are some issues, but most are very easily worked through. I'll echo Lies and say that its all about the genetics of the dog. I brought my boy home at 6 weeks, and he's perfectly healthy and fine.

You'll probably have a little issue with bite inhibition training as it does help to have the mom or the littermates teach this to each other. But its something that is easily worked through. You'll also end up having a bit more issues housebreaking. The pup will need to go out more often, its smaller, it has a smaller bladder, you'll have to oblige to that. Still very possible to house break and I believe my boy only had a few accidents in the house.

I don't agree with allowing pups to go home before 8 weeks (now that I know better) but from my experience, and others I've read/heard about. It's not a death sentence of any sort. If the dog's genetics are fine, it will be just fine.
12-28-2013 12:25 AM
DutchKarin Hessa/Anthony: Sounds like you made your decision. What I would do is start another thread on ideas on how to start socializing. At 6 weeks or whatever, you don't want to attach a leash and start yarding this pup around. For instance, my pup did not want to go on walks far from home initially. I wish I had respected that more. They need time to acclimate, feel confident and then take on the world in short doses. I'm sure lots of people can help here. Seek some remedial recommendations.

Where are you in Nevada? I have a great trainer in Reno.
12-28-2013 12:06 AM
Originally Posted by Hessa View Post
I think really my main concern is do those two weeks have the potential to make or break my dog? Like you said its a living thing and has a mind of its own. Every good living thing has it's bad moments. There's no such thing as perfect I understand that, but will it ever be out of my hands because of two weeks? Or is it still that my dog is going to be whatever I raise it to be? I don't want to do anything that's going to make my pup psychologically unstable.

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Neither, it's the genetics that matter. I don't condone puppies going home at 6 weeks but I know plenty who have (or 7 weeks, including two of my own) and have been JUST fine, but these were well bred puppies, good genes, experienced owners. The two weeks are not going to "break" the puppy but if the genes aren't sound then it could exacerbate things.
12-27-2013 11:20 PM
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Originally Posted by doggiedad View Post
check and see what the law is in Nevada.
It's illegal what the breeder is trying to do.

"A retailer, dealer or operator shall not separate a dog or cat from its mother until it is 8 weeks of age or accustomed to taking food or nourishment other than by nursing, whichever is later."

Nevada Consolidated Cruelty Laws
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