Ask The Dog Guide: What Age Should A Puppy Go Home?

October 21st, 2008 by Dan

Question:
Hi, We’re hoping to get a new puppy sometime soon and are wondering what is the right age to bring the dog home with us. Thanks.

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Answer:

Congratulations on your upcoming addition! You’re doing yourself and your puppy a huge favor by researching canine development before you bring a tiny canine into your home! The first few weeks of a puppy’s life, spent with his mother and litter mates,teaches him invaluable social lessons including: how hard his bite is and how to play and relate to other dogs. Bringing a dog home before 7-8 weeks of age will interrupt this critical period of development and can lead to socialization and aggression issues in the future. At 8 weeks of age the pup you choose will be ready to go home with you. You’ll have a long road full of training and chewing! Make sure you have a sense of humor and a good camera- it’s all worth it at the end!! Good luck with your new baby!





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