Thank you for the feedback everyone. With all do respect.. I've had numerous dogs growing up and I've always received them at 8 weeks. I've lived on farms and have lived in Utah my whole life. My dog's have always done extremely well with this endless recreation I've provided them. I'm adamant on training and I don't live in fear that 8 weeks is too early. I believe in environment.
Puppy school is going to set a great foundation for him and I truly believe that especially when there is great puppy schools in Utah that are all free from 8-20 weeks. Utah believes in puppy training. We're blessed here.
As for the breeder. I've actually talked with Candyce numerous times via email, text, phone, and Skype (She's and Android user) and I must say, I would never put down any sort of money on something that I don't believe is a great investment. She talks with me every day, her daughter has basenjis as well and has sent me photos and updates when Candyce has had other obligations with, oh I don't know, life.
I believe whether you have a dog or a child or whatever you have in this world, there are always going to be someone telling you how wrong you're doing things. I think I've gotten my answer. No, I will not be telling Candyce to hold onto my puppy. I will provide everything and more for him that even the people I do know don't do for their dogs.
Thanks for the feedback, it has been much appreciated!