Originally Posted by joshj408
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.