Go Go Devil- Bunnies!
|Barked: Fri Sep 27, '13 12:15pm PST |
|There are some red flags here... It may be in your best interest to back out of this deal, research, regroup, and then get a dog.
Going in order of your post, who is "the lady?" Dogs should come from reputable, ethical breeders (or shelters or rescues, but they do not "hold" dogs so that's not the case here). Not families who had an "oops" litter, not the nice lady down the street who thought Fifi should have "just one litter" before she was spayed, and absolutely never people who just seem to have puppies for sale from some mysterious source.
You and your girlfriend (and anyone else in the house) need to be on the same page before a dog enters the picture. Anything else is a set up for a bad time. You will most likely have to do some degree of house training regardless of age, since dogs do not necessarily generalize house training. An older dog may also panic at the change of routine and be prone to accidents. A puppy (anything under a year, honestly) simply won't know what house training is. Older dogs are typically less work, but there will be work no matter what.
Four months old is a fine time to bring a puppy home. If the breeder has kept her litter past 8 weeks, the breeder should be actively socializing them. A puppy can go home as young as 8 weeks, and is physically able to be away from it's mother at 6, but it is not good to take them so young, to the point of being illegal in many states. Whether it's better to get a puppy at 8 weeks and start socializing yourself, or let the breeder keep the pup until 12 weeks for extra time with the litter while socializing is hotly debated. I lean toward basing it on the individual situation.
Regardless, your dog will bond with you no matter what age you bring them home. Mine were 6 months (town shelter), 4 years (private rescue), 2 years (direct owner surrender), and 6 years (direct owner surrender) old at the time of adoption. No problems anywhere. It's a different sort of work bringing an adult home, but there is no less love.
There is no need for your dog to see you as "pack leader." This training methodology is dated, severely inaccurate, and even dangerous.
A degree in animal biology is not the same as researching breeds and dog ownership. Huskies are tough, and not typically recommended for first time owners. They are extremely smart yet difficult to train, extremely energetic, and typically can not be exercised by conventional means (fetch in the back yard, running off leash, swimming, etc). They have a tendency to be mouthy, frequently have separation anxiety, resource guard, it is not uncommon for them to be dog aggressive and they are frequently same sex aggressive. I'm all good with that, and enjoy the good points like no barking (the howling and screaming don't bother me), wash & wear coat, general aloofness, athleticism, problem-solving skills (which do include opening most doors and containers) and ability to keep up with my busy life.
I've worked in several different daycares. I would not send my dogs to a daycare I did not work at - and I would not leave my dogs unattended at some of the daycares I have worked at. It's more of an energy outlet than socialization, depending on the daycare. Most have a core group of dogs who attend with little variation, so your dog ends up with the same group every time. It is valuable, but it should not be mistaken for broad-spectrum socialization. I have known dogs who are considered dog aggressive in the outside world of strangers, who could attend daycare with a stable group of dogs they knew.
If you will need daycare, I recommend finding the facility before you bring the dog home. Make sure there is a good place you can safely send your dog nearby, so you don't end up with a dog and nowhere for it to go. Then adopt an adult from a rescue who fosters their dogs. That way you know beyond a reasonable doubt that the dog will get along with other dogs. There is no guarantee with a puppy, especially in a breed known for DA and SSA.
Edited by author Fri Sep 27, '13 12:26pm PST
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