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06-19-2014 11:10 AM
MaggieRoseLee If it was all the same, I'd wait that week too

06-19-2014 10:55 AM
Ace GSD I got mine at 10 weeks old and we bond just great.. Too great that he always have to be next to me... It may sound cute but its a little disturbing when your dog never leave your side... i mean NEVER , even meal time. He would leave his meal if i step away...

I dont know much bout the fear stage and all that but bonding shouldnt be a problem if you treat him/her right
06-19-2014 09:17 AM
Yoshi I think either age is fine. But if it was me I would personally pick younger, not below 7 weeks, but around that time would be good, 7.5 just sounds like the perfect time.

It's just my experience, but I believe that puppies bond quicker and easier when adopted at this time. You become their surrogate mother, or leader figure to look up to and learn from. Here in Australia it is generally accepted that puppies are re-homed at 8 weeks. My last dog was 9 weeks old when we took him home and he still bonded with me just fine but it seemed to me that he changed quite a bit during the two week difference from when I last met him at 7 weeks old. He was much more confident and when I came to pick him up he was a bit wussy, doing a lot of whining and shivering. The breeder said that from the last time I met him that his litter mates were picking on him.

Also, just a personal family experience when I was growing up my parents brought home puppies of different breeds around 6-7 weeks old and they fit in snugly with the family and were confident from the start. Recently my mum has been bringing home pups that were 12-14 weeks old and they were timid little things, and they stayed timid. But it could possibly be other factors? Just my personal experience anyway.

I have also been talking to some breeders and they said that they usually give their pups to the police agencies at 6.5-7.5 weeks old. I found this very interesting.
06-19-2014 09:17 AM
Rangers_mom If I were you I would wait until 8.5 weeks. It can't hurt and it can only help.
06-19-2014 09:13 AM
Liesje Either is fine. I've taken two home at 7.5 weeks (where the weekends fell), one at 8 weeks, and two at 9 weeks. No noticeable difference. 4 of those 5 were from large (9-12) litters and had plenty of socialization amongst their peers. It's very important to me that my dogs get acclimated to my household routine, my other dogs, traveling, and training very quickly so I prefer to get dogs no later than 9 weeks. There's really no more lessons they need to learn from other puppies. I have stable adult dogs at home that are a great help when I'm raising a puppy and I want that puppy home with me, learning how *we* behave and interact.
06-19-2014 08:53 AM
Shade Personally I'd go with the 8.5 weeks, but there's no wrong answer in this scenario
06-19-2014 08:49 AM
LaRen616 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.
06-18-2014 07:18 PM
McWeagle 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...
06-18-2014 07:10 PM
selzer 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.

Good luck with your new addition.
06-18-2014 07:07 PM
wolfy dog 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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