I was told by a trainer through the local Kennel Club, and even a breeder that although a dog can be taken from it's mother at 8 weeks safely, you should actually be waiting 12 weeks. the breeder even told me that she refuses to let her dogs go before 12 weeks of age. 12 weeks because after the 8th week, if they are still nipping, the mother nips them and it's more for a "bite control". I was just wondering if anybody had any clue about this. I got both my dogs at 8-10 weeks because they were left for dead and rescued just 6 weeks into their lives, and I've had the most horrid time getting them to stop nipping. I have one who is 6 months old, and the other is about 10 weeks, and the older one has been nipping at the younger one when he nips myself or my husband. he since has stopped the nipping. Is this normal? and is my eldest pup pulling some maternal education that the younger one never had?
I think the breeder has a good point. Mama dog may just take some of the work out of training. Seeing how this is not a rescue animal, I don't see the harm in waiting. I know how hard it is to wait, but you may find a more well-behaved pup afterwards.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 6/8/2008 6:04:44 AM*** Reason: Advertising
"Strive to be the person your dog believes you to be."
You are wasting your time in following ChubbyTrubby around reminding him/her of the rules. They obviously do not care what you have to say. Maybe they do not realize that in posting their link they are advertising, but more than likely they know it and do not care. The mods will deal with it when they see it.
As for the OP'S post. Puppies like children mature at different levels. Some breeders may feel that their puppies are just not ready at 8 weeks of age. Some may want to keep a pup or two out of the litter and want to wait until they are older to choose. There may be a number of reasons they do not let them go at 8 weeks. That age is not set in stone. Puppies should just never leave before they are at LEAST 8 weeks old.
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.