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Thread: What age for a pup?

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    What age for a pup?

    I'd be grateful for some advice please,I've been offered a Teckel pup which is around the 12 week mark,and will be my first deer dog.
    Basically,I don't know if this is a little too late to be getting a pup,I haven't seen her yet,and she was the last of the litter,the owner had a second thought but wants it to go to a genuine home,hence the offer to myself.
    Does a few weeks make any difference?
    Both my lab and spaniel came at a much younger age,and of course we bonded hence my slight apprehension.

    There's also the issue that spring would be better to get a dog with longer warmer days and nights to play and train the dog,so I might be better holding off a while.
    Any help would be extremely welcome.

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    I am sure you will get a myriad of replies; personally I like a puppy at the 8 week mark, and to be in my home bonding with me and more importantly learning my rules! I have bread a few litters and almost insist they all go on the right time for their own sake. At 8 weeks they are ready to be separated by from their pack and become a human dog so to speak. That said go and see the dog and see what he is like. A lot will also depend on where they have kept the pup for the last few weeks? Was it kenelled, was it in the house etc. More importantly if it is going to be a house dog with you, have they started house training it?

    No right or wrong answers, 12 weeks may make no difference to this pup or it may be really strong willed etc etc and it may have made all the difference. It depends if it has already started to run riot!

    As for the time of year, it sure is easier to start all training in the spring, including escorting a pup to the toilet and making sure they go especially before bed, on a nice summer evening, but dog training is a year round thing and before you really start doing the serious stuff it will be better weather anyway.

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    Get it and be happy..... A lot of folks won't let a dog go before 10 weeks. 12 weeks only means it'll be a little more arrogant than an 8 week old one... Get her and start her in your (her) program right away whether it be family and/or just hunting. Sure you won't be disappointed.

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    hi arwel . in my opinion mate you will have no problem bonding with a 12 week old pup . i personaly would be more concerned that i did not have the chance to choose my pup out of the litter. but saying that if the breeder had chosen this pup as his own to keep ime sure he would have chosen well . it would make a great exmas gift to yourself. but remember a dog is for life not just for christmas

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    I'd be well chuffed at getting a 12 week-er.
    The best dog I ever owned was 20 weeks before I got him and we forged a strong bond with few problems

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    Gentlemen, thank you all for taking the time to post and it's all appreciated thus far.
    I will be visiting hopefully after christmas and before new year to meet the parents,have a general chat with the breeder,and see the bitch to make my decission.

    Toad,you know me i've been looking and banging on at getting a teckel for some time,so whatever pup comes here,they'll be well looked after and will be no doubt accompanying us in our stalking forays.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stalker.308 View Post
    I am sure you will get a myriad of replies; personally I like a puppy at the 8 week mark, and to be in my home bonding with me and more importantly learning my rules! I have bread a few litters and almost insist they all go on the right time for their own sake. At 8 weeks they are ready to be separated by from their pack and become a human dog so to speak. That said go and see the dog and see what he is like. A lot will also depend on where they have kept the pup for the last few weeks? Was it kenelled, was it in the house etc. More importantly if it is going to be a house dog with you, have they started house training it?

    No right or wrong answers, 12 weeks may make no difference to this pup or it may be really strong willed etc etc and it may have made all the difference. It depends if it has already started to run riot!

    As for the time of year, it sure is easier to start all training in the spring, including escorting a pup to the toilet and making sure they go especially before bed, on a nice summer evening, but dog training is a year round thing and before you really start doing the serious stuff it will be better weather anyway.
    Are you actually being serious or is this an Xmas wind up....!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stone View Post
    Are you actually being serious or is this an Xmas wind up....!!!
    Apologies deer dog master, I forgot the first rule of a deer dog thread 'Thou must criticise the OP and then all the subsequent posts without giving any actual experiences/anecdotes'

    Good luck Gelert, glad you are going to see the dog and bitch, try and see the sire too as he also holds half the genes!
    Last edited by stalker.308; 30-12-2013 at 11:16. Reason: spelling

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    Gelert,I would say as soon as possible based on my small knowledge from Europe,we are trying to get pups in to hunting as soon as we get them home.But personally I would say if you can make sure of constant stalking for the dog you will have a good dog with good skills for tracking.12 weeks is not to old.I have 5 years old American Akita and I start taking her out with me just for company,but she doing grate,and very promising.
    Good luck, with the pup.

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    Blind people dont get there dogs till a lot older than twelve week as do coppers and uk borders and look at the bonds these people forge with their dogs. If you like the pup and all seems well just get it and enjoy it and dont get hung up on what's said by others as to oh it must this or that.
    Best wishes
    Jimmy

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