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)