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Question Is 12 weeks too old for adoption and bonding?

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I'm new here. There is a puppy I am considering but I won't be able to pick her up until she is 12 weeks old because of a scheduled trip. Is that too old to bond with a puppy well and have her be attached to me/my kids?

Also I have another plane trip (all previously scheduled) 3 weeks later. Do you think she could travel by plane with me or would that be too stressful for a young puppy?

TIA for any advice!!
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Hi everyone,

I'm new here. There is a puppy I am considering but I won't be able to pick her up until she is 12 weeks old because of a scheduled trip. Is that too old to bond with a puppy well and have her be attached to me/my kids?

Also I have another plane trip (all previously scheduled) 3 weeks later. Do you think she could travel by plane with me or would that be too stressful for a young puppy?

TIA for any advice!!
It is absolutely NOT too old for bonding, though if she will be left with the breeder that long, you want to make sure it is a breeder who really emphasizes socialization and, for lack of a better term "early puppyhood education". I had exactly the same situation, where I couldn't pick up Kodi until he was 11 weeks because I was away. Kodi could not possibly have been better adjusted, and bonded to us very quickly.

While i didn't have to fly with him shorty thereafter, I did fly home with him, and itwas no problem at all. And we took him RV camping with us for the first time just4 days after bringing him home. Puppies are adaptable, and actually, as long as you don't scare them, the more you expose them to when they are little, the more well adjusted and adaptable they will be as adults.

Just make sure you plan your trip carefully so that you will have the potty traing supplies you need, and can also keep her safe for dog diseases, as she won't be fully innoculated yet. (for instance, don't put her down in a public rest area... Instead, get BIG pee pads, so she can eliminate without conact with the ground)


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I got Santos when he was 20 weeks old, and we had no issues with bonding whatsoever. And Brew flew home from Phoenix to NO with me...no problems there either. I think you and the puppy will be fine

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No worries with any of that.
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same...I had a trip to goto and could not pick up oreo until he was 12 weeks old.

He's doing awesome with the family. He even loves my in-laws :P

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Great advice on this forum. Please send along photos and let us have updates...we LOVE photos!!

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I just picked up my 2nd Pup this past weekend and he had just turned 12 Weeks. I am thinking I should have left him until he was at least 1 year, this way I didn't have to potty train him or deal with teething!

Nah, seriously, 12 wks is fine!

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I just picked up my 2nd Pup this past weekend and he had just turned 12 Weeks. I am thinking I should have left him until he was at least 1 year, this way I didn't have to potty train him or deal with teething!

Nah, seriously, 12 wks is fine!
I've thought the same thing... Pam and Tom do such a GREAT job raising puppies!...


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Thank you so much for the feedback. I really appreciate it. I especially like the idea about leaving them until they are potty trained! ;-)

Speaking of: For long flights and puppies, are they able to hold their bladder for the whole flight? If not what do you do? Do you just put a puppy pad in there and change it if your pup soils it? Does any one have any recommendations for carriers that can go on planes?

Thanks!
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With Bumi, he held it during the plane trip (I think it was like 3-4 hrs). As soon as we landed, I went straight to the ladies room and put him on a Pee Pad on the floor. As soon as his legs touched the ground he was peeing.

With Toby, we drove and during our 9 Hr trip, he peed twice.

The good thing about picking your puppy once he/she is 12 wks is that he/she can hold the Pee a little longer.

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