|Barked: Wed Jun 13, '07 7:13am PST |
|When I was a kid, the common practice was puppies were adopted out at 6 weeks of age. Even our first family dog after I was married, same thing, 6 weeks. However, the poster who talked about caring for a baby day & night for a while was the norm back then, too. I remember using ticking alarm clocks to soothe the little pups, having to mix wet food & milk, warm it, etc. to start feedings - 6 x daily for a short time.
The only upsides I saw with adopting at 6 weeks as opposed to 8-10 weeks was the puppy seemed more easily housetrained - Teddy took 2 days to housetrain & never had an accident afterward (but I stayed home with him non-stop for the first 4 weeks) AND he seemed more closely bonded with all of us immediately because we had to provide for all his basic needs initially - which also included all his socialization opportunities.
Florida law states puppies cannot be sold or adopted out until they are 8 weeks old now. Many other states put similar laws in place. Seems to me they wouldn't take the time to legislate this unless there were very good reasons.
Let your brain lead the way & your heart follow in this instance.
Good luck & best wishes!
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