No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Re: Can you spend too much time with your puppy?
An 8 month old pup is not too young to go to a kennel, but maybe this isn't a great kennel. And I think spending lots of time with your puppy is a good thing, but you also need to get him used to being by himself, either in a crate, or confined in a safe place.
I started taking Halo to daycare as soon as she met the age requirements, which was at 15 weeks old. She goes twice a week, and the place I take her is also a boarding kennel, so when we go out of town, the dogs will stay there. She LOVES it, so much so that when we get there I hand the leash over and she runs through the door into the back with whoever, without a backwards glance at me, lol! She can't wait to go have some fun.
They have several supervised play sessions a day with dogs grouped by age, size, and activity level, so she gets interaction with other people and other dogs in a safe way. The playgroups are small, and afterwards each dog goes back to their own private room. So in addition to the socialization aspect, she's in a secure place getting some time alone away from us and from Keefer, and creating positive associations with the kennel where she'll be spending a week every year or two.
If you don't have a really good kennel nearby, or you don't feel like it's a good environment for your dog due to his personality, a pet sitter is a good option. But either way, you should get him used to spending some time alone.
Keefer 8/25/05-4/24/19 ~ The sweetest boy
Halo 11/9/08-6/17/18 ~ You left pawprints on our hearts
Dena 9/12/04-10/4/08 ~ Forever would have been too short