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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 07:23 PM
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Three out of 4 of my GSDs have been in the 14-16 weeks age range when I got them. As stated earlier, there are many reasons why a breeder may still have a pup at that age and it most likely does not indicate a problem with the dog. The one caveat that I would look for with an older pup is whether or not the pup has been socialized. The critical age for puppy socialization is from 8-16 weeks, so if nothing has been done toward this, it could be a problem for you later on depending on the temperament of the pup. Of the three older pups I've had, one was not socialized and was in a situation at the breeder's where there were about a dozen pups his age, plus a bunch of yappy little dogs. Food was available in common bowls and I suspect there was a good bit of competition for it. My pup was a very high drive male, who had a lot of fear aggression when he got older. He would bite for real! We worked through it, but in retrospect, I think had I gotten him at 8 weeks instead of 14, and socialized him, things could have been much different. The other two older pups were from reputable breeders who had introduced the pups to many other people and animals. They also started some basic obedience and crate training with the pups. Both of these dogs were great puppies and are fantastic adults. (You can see them in my profile pic.)
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The breeder is in NY? Can you please PM me the info?
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@techinstructor...again great info, thanks! That 8-16 week period is something I am very much looking forward to again as I agree its the most critical time to correct bad habits before they become ingrained.
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 02-18-2019, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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Well a big kudos and thanks to @Sabis mom and her comments which triggered my thinking, I have decided to pass on this breeder now. A little detective work goes a long ways. I'll just leave it at that.

Thank you everyone for the comments as I will be sure to keep every last one in the front of my mind during my search

Best to let this thread die off now.

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