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How Old Does a Puppy Have to be to Sell


A puppy should be at least 8 weeks old before he leaves his littermates. Plan on bringing your new puppy home on a Friday, before a weekend, or when you have several days together that you can devote entirely to the puppy. Leaving his family will be a very stressful time for him, so it’s important to make this transition as easy and as quiet as you can. Try to bring something home with the pup, i.e. a piece of bedding or a well-used toy, so he will have a familiar scent with him in his new surroundings.

If possible, do not leave the puppy alone during the first 48 hours. Take time to ease the pup into his new routine. Don’t try to do too many things with the puppy during the first couple of days. Keep things relatively quiet; allow him to investigate his new home at his own rate of speed; and keep visitors to a minimum until the puppy is comfortable with your family and his new home. For the first few months, limit trips outside your home to a minimum. Pet stores and parks are fun places to show-off your cute, new puppy, but they are also places where lots of other dogs have been, some of who may have been sick. You need to protect your pup from the many communicable diseases they could pick up in public places.

It is extremely important to follow through with the complete series of shots the breeder or your vet has recommended for your pup and that your pup’s outside social contact be restricted until this series of shots has been completely finished (approx. 4 months). If you need to take your pup to the vet for any reason during these first few months, make sure you keep him in your arms at all times while waiting, and place him directly on the exam table when the vet is ready to examine him. Do not put your pup on the floor at any time while at the vets! You may even want to bring an extra pair of shoes to change into before re-entering your car after your vet visit, and a mixture of 1 part bleach to 10 parts water is a good disinfectant to rinse the soles off with when you return home.



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