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Best age to pick up a puppy

I hope to be bringing home my new havanese puppy soon, and the breeder we have chosen is allowing some flexibility on when we should pick up the puppy as long as it as least 10 weeks old.

Does anyone have any recommendations how old the puppy should be when we go pick him up? 10 weeks? or should we give him more time with Mom.

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I hope to be bringing home my new javanese puppy soon, and we the breeder we have chosen is allowing some flexibility on when we should pick up the puppy as long as it is 10 weeks old.

Does anyone have any recommendations how old the puppy should be when we go pick him up? 10 weeks? or should we give him more time with Mom.
If you are ABSOLUTELY SURE that your breeder is intensively socializing the puppies (to people of all sorts, as well as other dogs) while they are with her, as well as working diligently on potty training, by all means leave him for a couple more weeks. He has things he can learn about respectful play and bite inhibition by being wpith his mom and siblings. If you have the SLIGHTEST inkling that these things are NOT being done, bring the puppy home as early as possible, so that you can make SURE it happens.


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I think if you are a stay at home mom I would bring the puppy home at ten weeks.

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I agree with krandall. I recently read a good "old" article on this subject. As long as mom is still actively involved in puppy rearing then pup can benefit from longer time with litter. If mom starts ignoring pups then its better to be with you and begin the bonding/training process with you. Only your breeder can tell you this. There is definitely a fine line and that depends on the dynamics of litter. Too long with litter can make a soft pup timid and a dominant pup a bully unless mom is intervening. Too short and pups miss valuable social skills from litter like bite inhibition. On average 9 weeks is good.


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