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I have been seriously interested in a new pup. Won't name the breed (not a GSD or a banned-on-this-forum-breed). I have not made an official commitment (no contract, no deposit) as the breeder keeps everyone in suspense until the time they are going to their new homes at 8 weeks. They are now 7+ weeks, have met them twice. We have many relatives in EU, several are elderly over 80 years.
Just polling everyone if you would pursue this further if it were you with this dilemma. There is only one pup of my choice, no option B for me and the breeder knows it. She is not keeping that pup.
 

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I mean... I guess I don't really see the dilemma. The only issue I could foresee is if you have a hard time getting the pup to see a vet. So long as you had that covered, I'm not sure why you wouldn't? I personally think everyone is blowing this whole thing out of proportion. No need to shut down the entire world and basically stop living life. Extra precautions, absolutely, but completely panicking like people are doesn't make sense to me.
 

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I don't know how old you are, but if you are older than 70, or even older than 60 I would seriously reconsider. 1/10 people over 70 are likely to die, with more requiring hospitalization. It's worse if you have other underlying conditions. Or it might be a great time to get a pup if you are working from home and healthy. But think it through.
 

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I don't know how old you are, but if you are older than 70, or even older than 60 I would seriously reconsider. 1/10 people over 70 are likely to die, with more requiring hospitalization. It's worse if you have other underlying conditions. Or it might be a great time to get a pup if you are working from home and healthy. But think it through.
60+ and healthy
 

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I mean... I guess I don't really see the dilemma. The only issue I could foresee is if you have a hard time getting the pup to see a vet. So long as you had that covered, I'm not sure why you wouldn't? I personally think everyone is blowing this whole thing out of proportion. No need to shut down the entire world and basically stop living life. Extra precautions, absolutely, but completely panicking like people are doesn't make sense to me.
Well the situation in EU hasn't happened here YET and it seems to be the tip of the iceberg.
 

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although i agree with many of Pytheis’ points... the truth is, people are panicking and shutting down the entire world. so for me, that leaves too many unknowns. IF i get sick, IF i need to run to the store for puppy, if if if, but... if it were a once in a lifetime pup, truthfully, i’d probably do it. but recognize the “risk”.

adding - any free time i have, i’m looking for ways to assist. neighbors, family, etc...
 

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I called my vet clinic and they have a good plan to minimize transmission of the virus. Clients have to call from the car, and be escorted to a private sanitized room. They also will treat the pup in my own car. Pups are well imprinted on people so we should be OK. I just don't like that 60+ issue ;)
 

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Unless the dog has the virus, which is impossible, how would you get exposure from a puppy? It seems like a good time to get a dog but maybe not to socialize much. Otherwise, if you are stuck at home and have time, it could work out well.
 

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I live in Ireland and whilst things have been snowballing pretty quick here, there's been no issues regarding animals. If you're confident about it, I don't see why not.
 

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One consideration is if you think there may be possible problems with dog food and medicine shortages/availability.
 

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I mean... I guess I don't really see the dilemma. The only issue I could foresee is if you have a hard time getting the pup to see a vet. So long as you had that covered, I'm not sure why you wouldn't? I personally think everyone is blowing this whole thing out of proportion. No need to shut down the entire world and basically stop living life. Extra precautions, absolutely, but completely panicking like people are doesn't make sense to me.
i am with him. Go ahead and get a pup, people are definitely exaggerating COVID19, but it is still pretty serious.
 

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Yes, after thinking about it all day, I will do it if she decides to match that one pup with me. Took a long bike ride in the forest with Deja and realized that life has more to offer than staying at home worrying about how to not get sick. You guys' perspective helped. Thanks! I will introduce him officially when he is home with me. Until that time he will be a secret (superstition on my part).
 

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In our area people are still going outside so he would see people but just has to learn to ignore them, which is a good thing. The litter has had many visitors, incl us and the pups are all outgoing and fall asleep on strangers' laps. I got Deja at nine months old and she had only been to town once and been at the breeder all that time. Nothing or nobody has ever faced her. I think it's mainly genetics that determine their social behavior. There is a good thread on over-socialization.
 

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I have already committed to a puppy and am seriously concerned I will not be able to properly socialized him in the current environment.
 

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Socializing my 9 week old pup is going pretty OK actually. There are still people around for him to see at a fair distance. All other areas are pretty much the same as normal (surfaces, obstacles, cars, sounds etc. If the pup is already well imprinted on people, it's just a matter of keeping it up. He doesn't have to petted by hundreds of people.
 

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Since you have had quite a few pups/dogs in the past that did not work out in the past due to many reasons and one including health I think it’s best to wait especially if you are not sure and new to ask his question. Also not want to mention the breed either. It sure will be more challenging to rehome puppy if it does not work out for you during this time. I say pass this will be over and you will have much to look forward to picking out a pup if you decide you still want one.
 
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