Is 11 weeks too old for a puppy?

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Through their mother and littermates, puppies begin to learn appropriate play behaviors.

A puppy separated prior to 6 weeks may miss out on some of this early learning.

If a puppy must go home before 7-to-8-weeks of age, Foote recommends it be "mentored" by an older puppy or tolerant dog.

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Most veterinarians and breeders agree that 7-to-8 weeks of age is the prime time for a puppy to meet its new family.

In contrast, Sheltie breeder Apple prefers to keep her puppies in her home during the socialization period.

Her puppies go to their working or sport homes at 12 weeks of age.

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Taking a puppy away from its mother in the transitional stage (2-4 weeks) can create a number of problems for later life.

Any time before 8 weeks even, can cause problems – so that a puppy is pre-disposed to become fearful of other dogs.

Ideally the whole litter should be kept together until at least 8 weeks.

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Although puppy biting is normal, in puppies adopted early – at 5 or 6 weeks it often hurts more.

And one of the most important ways that puppies learn not to bite is from their mother and littermates.

Much of this "no bite" training takes place during the two weeks before the puppy reaches 8 weeks of age.

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The answer is YES. 6-week puppies can leave their mother.

There is no need to stay with her all day long.

Yet, it's ideal to leave puppies with their mother until 12 weeks.

If you are still stubborn to take a puppy at 6 weeks home, the high likelihood is its health and the future behavior in his life impacted.

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NEVER ever accept a puppy less than 7 weeks of age, it is vitally important they are with their mother and siblings up to this age. Puppies over twelve weeks should be avoided if possible.
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The truthful answer is, that the right age to bring home a Labrador puppy is 8 weeks.

A couple of days early won't hurt, but that is it.

With very small breeds, some breeders will want to keep the puppies for another three to four weeks after that.

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The best age to take the puppy home is 7 weeks see my (3) Psychological Changes in a Puppies Growth.

NEVER ever accept a puppy less than 7 weeks of age, it is vitally important they are with their mother and siblings up to this age.

Puppies over twelve weeks should be avoided if possible.

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