when can pup be taken from it's mother?
I have done lots of research on this subject <g>.
As some of the long time breeders have pointed out, the old adage of "let them go young" has been around a long time. This belief stemmed from a written paper from when the dogs for the blind were being produced (forgive me for not remembering the name of this study, nor the correct group name who produced this study).
I do believe that part of this misconception stems also from studies done in wolves where at 12 weeks of age, if a wolf pup is not socialized with humans, it becomes difficult to get them to become "humanized". While I don't wish to type out this full study done in wolves, suffice to say that comparing this study to dogs is not a good idea as wolves are WILD creatures. Comparisons can be used only in generalizations and not as a gospel truth for
I also believe that part of the reasons why people wish to see puppies pushed out of the "nest" (so to speak) at an early age is that for breeders it would be cheaper to do so (less time, less money). However, in my studies of vaccinations, I contend that pushing them out young causes many breeders to give shots way to young to puppies. It has been shown that puppies under 3 weeks of age receiving shots causes heart problems, my contention is that I
do not believe we should be giving shots under 6 weeks of age. (perhaps this is a discussion for a different thread).
In studying not only wolf behavior, but dog behavior, I have found that by pushing our dogs out of the "nest" early, we loose vital teaching that only other dogs can give our young puppies. Because of the 'human" factor in dogs, fear of "bonding" issues is void because we as breeders are there from day one and dogs already have the foundation for bonding to humans.
I do not believe there is a "set" age for all dog breeds, but I do believe that there is a "set time" which puppies should stay with siblings, relatives and parents. I do not believe in weaning puppies and believe this should be left to the mother to decide. (There are exceptions of course).
My experience has led me to believe that leaving them with parents until 12 weeks of age is best. However, 10-12 weeks seems to be the optimum time and 8-9 weeks for larger breeds is acceptable.
While arguments can be made that dogs sold under 8 weeks of age "bond" with families, I do not believe the issue is "bonding", but of learning good behavior. I also believe under 8 weeks of age is not good because of health reasons (i.e. shots, diseases, etc.).
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