|Barked: Fri Nov 30, '07 9:02pm PST |
|Ive googled pups at 3 weeks and seen photos of it. I plan on driving with the pup and my dogs the entire way. The socialization window closes at like 12-14 weeks. He will be in a crate with his momma and siblings the entire time if i leave him in FL (while im sure some siblings may be leaving even momma dog possibly to the humane society) so then what? How will him just seeing the neighbors (kim/gene/2 kids) be enough socialization? How am I going to sqeeze all that socialization into 1 week when i return?! I want to know what are the medical issues you guys are talking about? I want some hard evidence here, and specifics please. Ive read that pups can start weaning as early as 3 weeks on several different websites. Especially the larger breed dogs. Plus that week when i do return (if I wait like planned till the end of January/beginning of February) he will be starting to get his shots and what not... so it will be a busy busy week! I still just dont know what to do.
Yes- I can leave him with his mother.. but! If I do... i am getting the feeling I wont want him when I return... because I just feel like he wont want me. He will bond with the neighbors instead, and perhaps learn some really bad things... like biting, growling, no starting proper potty training, fear of kids and men, and perhaps even other dogs (she has like 27 dogs over there now), or picking up some thing from a dog she already has there... etc. Ugh, I just feel like correcting the problems will be too much work, and perhaps I should just let her bring the pups that arent spoken for to the humane society instead. Yes... I can feel the judgment coming on for that... but its how I feel. I mean ontop of all the regular puppy things, dealing with behavioral issues is a HUGE deal!! Seriously... and I am no behaviorist. So then what? Really... I would hate to say ok, let him stay, come back and him have problems, and I would completely feel like I am the one to blame... and either way really. If i took him up to NY and he wound up with behavior problems then i would feel the same. I wish I could see the future right now. BUt maybe this isnt the time for me to get such a small puppy. Ive never in my life owned such a small/young pup before. And quite frankly im very afraid of screwing things up. So really... I just dont know what to do, and at this point I just feel like giving up and letting go.... which I will never hear the end of it from the mean redneck old man neighbor, because he insists on 'teasing me' (in the meanest way possible) for the rescue work I do... because I "get rid of all my dogs"... because I take in rescue's and strays and find them loving forever homes. So, I just honestly dont know what to do... and I just cant sleep... because I am so torn about the whole thing.