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What’s The Proper Age to Adopt A Puppy?

Friday, March 13, 2015
posted by Jim Murphy

youngpuppiesThe best time to adopt a puppy is when they are between eight and sixteen  weeks old. It’s a great time to introduce him to new places and people. If you have small children, I would wait until the puppy is five months old. You may ask why not adopt sooner? When a puppy is part of a litter, he learns all sorts of valuable lessons. This is the time to learn important life skills from his mother, such as eating and grooming. It’s important that he spends this time with his mother. Being with other pups will help him learn how to socialize. If he’s taken from his mother too soon, he may not thrive or socialize well with people or other dogs. Also, the first month he will be on a milk-only diet. At 3 to 4 weeks, he starts to be weaned from his mother and by 8 weeks he will be completely weaned, eating just puppy food. You don’t want a young, un -weaned puppy as he’s harder to feed and care for.

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