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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-29-2019, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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So I have this dilemma. My husband and I have been waiting for the right GS puppy and found him! He is 12 hours away from us close to where our parents currently live. We have been planning a 2 week vacation and the puppy would be ready to go home at the same time our vacation starts! (he will be 12 weeks old). We are thinking about picking up the puppy at the beginning of the vacation and starting crate training while we stay with my husbands parents for 2 weeks. THEN heading home. I will have an additional month off of work to spend training the puppy while my husband returns to work (4 days a week).

What are your thoughts about starting this journey with a new puppy at my inlaws house then returning home?

& yes we have considered waiting until after the vacation but the breeder prefers he go at his 12 week mark. We were also thinking we will have LOTS of time to spend with him while on vacation...we just won't be at home. HAs anyone gotten a puppy then traveled? How did potty training turn out?

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Be prepared for lots of crying and barking at the beginning of crate training. Are the parents up for that ?
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As long as your relatives have space and understand what they're in for, the only thing that would be difficult might be the transititions. Be prepared for some set backs in potty training when the environment changes - which means, when you go home, pay WAY more attention to keep your puppy doing his business outside...

Take him out frequently way more than you did before! Other than that, it'll likely be fine with the pup, and you all besides! Congrats on your new puppy!

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I would pick the pup up on my way home. Fewer transitions, the better.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-31-2019, 06:51 PM
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I would pick the pup up on my way home. Fewer transitions, the better.

Absolutely!! As a former breeder I have to second this. I know it's tempting not to wait but you've waited this long already and it will be so much better for the pup to start off its new home in your home! Just as you never get a second chance to make a first impression, you want your pup's first big (stressful) life change to be a good one.



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Eh, six to one half dozen to another. The advantages of a 12 week old bonding period as opposed to a 14 week bonding as opposed to fewer transitions as opposed to....infinity.

Were it me, my decision would rest on the stability of your parents home, will they be ok with you STICKING to crate training ..i.e not giving into the death screams, will they inyerfere, undermine (my mother would)..if all that was fine Id say get him at 12 weeks. If your father is going to let him out of his crate and carry him like a grandbaby at 1am because he is sad...then wait to 14 weeks
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Eh, six to one half dozen to another. The advantages of a 12 week old bonding period as opposed to a 14 week bonding as opposed to fewer transitions as opposed to....infinity.

Were it me, my decision would rest on the stability of your parents home, will they be ok with you STICKING to crate training ..i.e not giving into the death screams, will they inyerfere, undermine (my mother would)..if all that was fine Id say get him at 12 weeks. If your father is going to let him out of his crate and carry him like a grandbaby at 1am because he is sad...then wait to 14 weeks
Pretty much.

I had Faren for a week, took her to Ohio for a week and then came home. It never phased her. I put a small crate on the bed the first couple of night until they adjust and then put it on the floor.



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