Camellia Camelo and Carol
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Since the "49-day rule" was made (by Wolters?} decades ago, that idea has been shown to have very limited application; it might apply if a breeder won't continue important socializing work (not to mention extra expenses incurred in continuing care of a litter, and the work of supporting litter AND dam (usually, together at least part of a day-and-night).
I believe laws in the U.S. prohibit SHIPPING pups any younger than 8 weeks. Responsible breeders now tend to keep pups till they are 9-10 weeks old at least.
(And quite a few breeders won't ship by plane, as it can be terrifying for puppies.)
In the last decade or two, more research (and better communication between trainers and behaviorists - and breeders) has shown that 7 weeks typically is a time when pups can be a bit withdrawn and fearful. It's not defined, as far as I know, as one of the fear periods, but in effect, it acts like one. Somebody has suggested that the reason for choosing 49 days was to have the pup "bond better with the new human."
But also, it has been more than amply demonstrated that dogs who are well-bred, raised and cared for, already know that love is infinite, and if they haven't had true bad experiences, they can bond with any good human dog-parent at any age. And, if need be, re-bond with another, say, if human-parents die.
Some breeders; a couple of my acquaintance, keep pups to 12, 14 weeks, and do all that extra work, and the results tend to be bomb-proof dogs. And one breeder I know can keep pups much longer, including up to many, many months, and they ALSO bond fabulously with the new owners. That breeder does all the work, of course, of socializing, teaching, and so forth. (And any necessary vaccinations and vet checks.)
It turns out that if the breeder is savvy with dogs and dog-behavior, and does the work, THAT, along with keeping the pups a good bit longer,is what produces bomb-proof dogs, all other things being equal (health, and so forth; - and also having bred for temperament). Of course, these breeders do not make profits on their pups. On the contrary, they support their hobby.
Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:31:45 (PDT)