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08-26-2014 01:51 PM
joshj408 besides the manners/bite inhibition, is that going to be the biggest problem that i could run into? and also just an FYI, i am fortunate enough to work with several K9 handlers in the Marine Corps that are good friends that will be able to help me train the new puppy....for what thats worth!
08-26-2014 01:20 PM
Girl_Loves_Hydraulics
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I got my pup at six weeks and it took a long time to teach bite inhibition. My older dog helped a little but it was hard. Congrats on the new puppy! You'll be happy you took two weeks off, that was the hardest part for me. it was like having a newborn human in the house.

*-*Summer*-*
I agree, I was having a bit of a hard time with my sable girl Lena, and she was a little shy of 8 weeks. The new puppy we have actually has helped Lena in controlling her biting since the puppy gives the proper signals to let Lena know "Hey too rough!". There is definitely something to be said about proper socialization.
08-26-2014 01:14 PM
car2ner congrats...so the real reason to take the pup home early is to keep the litter owner from getting into trouble. The extra two weeks will help with your pup learning dog manners. GSDs are mouthy to begin with so you will have your work cut out for you...or your older dog will. I hope your adult pooch is patient and it is so good that you'll be home to supervise for awhile.

looking forward to watching you baby grow.
08-26-2014 01:05 PM
LoveEcho
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ah okay....i've never had a new dog being younger than a few months old so this is all new to me. still learning!
Hey, we all are!
08-26-2014 01:04 PM
SummerGSDLover I got my pup at six weeks and it took a long time to teach bite inhibition. My older dog helped a little but it was hard. Congrats on the new puppy! You'll be happy you took two weeks off, that was the hardest part for me. it was like having a newborn human in the house.

*-*Summer*-*
08-26-2014 01:01 PM
joshj408
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I don't know any reputable source that advocates bringing a puppy home at 6 weeks. It's a pretty critical socialization period.
ah okay....i've never had a new dog being younger than a few months old so this is all new to me. still learning!
08-26-2014 01:00 PM
joshj408
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I would ask the breeder if they would consider keeping the pups another two weeks. From a physical standpoint, they don't need mother's milk anymore, but there are MANY behavioral growths they go through from six to eight weeks that are denied to them if they are separated too early. Taking them away at six weeks as opposed to eight weeks means they don't get a very important aspect of litter socialization in those last two weeks and as a trainer, I have seen problems develop down the road because of it. If you do pick him up at six weeks, I would say be VERY proactive about his socialization and establishing personal and environmental boundaries.

I saw in a previous post of yours that you have a well-adjusted, older dog. That will be helpful and will put you in a better situation than most. One thing I would warn about is be careful of taking that older dog to high traffic dog areas for a while. Parvo is shed through feces. If the older dog picks up tainted feces and tracks them in the house, it poses a serious risk to the pup.
thanks for the headsup on the Parvo...i had no idea about that. I'll see about possibly leaving the pup for another week or so. the only issue we are running into is that we live on a military base in base housing and you are only allowed to have 2 dogs...and the housing community has already been called on them for having 5 dogs due to the pups by some nosey worthless neighbor we have. if we do go with 6 weeks i will make sure to be proactive with the socialization. i took 2 weeks off work so i'll have plenty of time to work with him
08-26-2014 12:57 PM
LoveEcho
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From my understanding, from what i've read, and been told by the breeder and a few other reliable sources that it is okay to take them at 6 weeks but no earlier. One big thing is that this litter has advanced fast ( or to me it seems) as far as weaning off of the mother and they have been eating puppy food and not going to the mom for quite some time now...plus they live right next door to me and will be seeing the mother quite often....am I completely wrong in this thought process?
I don't know any reputable source that advocates bringing a puppy home at 6 weeks. It's a pretty critical socialization period.
08-26-2014 12:56 PM
Pax8
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From my understanding, from what i've read, and been told by the breeder and a few other reliable sources that it is okay to take them at 6 weeks but no earlier. One big thing is that this litter has advanced fast ( or to me it seems) as far as weaning off of the mother and they have been eating puppy food and not going to the mom for quite some time now...plus they live right next door to me and will be seeing the mother quite often....am I completely wrong in this thought process?
I would ask the breeder if they would consider keeping the pups another two weeks. From a physical standpoint, they don't need mother's milk anymore, but there are MANY behavioral growths they go through from six to eight weeks that are denied to them if they are separated too early. Taking them away at six weeks as opposed to eight weeks means they don't get a very important aspect of litter socialization in those last two weeks and as a trainer, I have seen problems develop down the road because of it. If you do pick him up at six weeks, I would say be VERY proactive about his socialization and establishing personal and environmental boundaries.

I saw in a previous post of yours that you have a well-adjusted, older dog. That will be helpful and will put you in a better situation than most. One thing I would warn about is be careful of taking that older dog to high traffic dog areas for a while. Parvo is shed through feces. If the older dog picks up tainted feces and tracks them in the house, it poses a serious risk to the pup.
08-26-2014 12:54 PM
Lucy Dog It's not ok to take a puppy home at 6 weeks no matter what the breeder tells you. In a lot of states, it's illegal.
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