Before You Take Your Puppy Home, Know ThisThursday, April 21st, 2016, 1:52 am
Many studies have shown that puppies who are removed before eight weeks are much more likely to develop aggression, fearfulness, anxiety, learning problems, and over-reactivity to things like touch and noise. The earlier puppies are removed from the litter, the more likely they are to develop these types of issues.
As trainers who work with a lot of dogs from different situations, we see the impact that early removal from a puppy’s mother and littermates has on their development and later behaviors and so we always recommend waiting until a puppy is between 8 and 10 weeks old to bring it home. Sometimes, in cases of illness or in rescue situations, this just isn’t possible.
If you find yourself in that situation, seek expert help from a trainer as quickly as possible. Proper early intervention and socialization can help to minimize (although probably not eliminate) the negative impact of early removal on the puppy’s development. Reputable breeders and rescues will not place puppies in their homes before eight weeks. If the one you’re considering getting your puppy from suggests anything earlier, it’s probably best to continue your search. Waiting until your puppy is eight weeks old to bring it home is the very first thing you can do to build a long, happy relationship with a wonderful, well-balanced dog.
At The Connected Canine Dog Training Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley, we are always communicating with people about their dogs. We ask questions to figure out what the roots of the issues are and how training might help to solve their problems - the dog's problems AND the humans!
Contact The Connected Canine of San Fernando Valley to see how can help your pup get over his or her fears and make them into the well-behaved dog you always knew he had the potential to be.
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