I am going to be getting a 5 week old and was wanting to know if I needed a puppy pad or if I can just take it outside on the grass to use the bathroom????
This is very true I see now and am going to hold off on getting her so early but I still will be getting her earlier than 8 weeks since the breeder doesn't want to hold her any longer, I appreciate how nice you are being about it all and I am sure I will do everything I can to help her grow up to be a good dog and if it comes to it I will even try classes to help with a professional.I'm glad you're committed to this challenge and will take responsibility for any behavioral problems that come up down the line, however things turn out.
I just can't see someone as a 'great' breeder when they're doing something that's been proven, scientifically, to be bad for their puppies' development. At least not outside of extreme circumstances ie an unexpected family emergency that makes them unable to care for the pups. So much of good breeding is in the puppy raising and socialization, because that's a huge part of what sets a dog up to be a stable, confident adult. I'm sorry that your breeder is pushing this responsibility off onto you and the other buyers and denying the puppies the benefit of learning important dog behavior from interacting with their littermates.
I don't see the law changing anytime soon personally but hopefully one day it will.I hope the law in your state changes soon. Just because its ok where you live doesnt make it right.
Looking around you can see how many places states and indiviuals agree its too soon.
But I hope it does work out because if it doesnt it wont be a human that suffers , the breeder has their money and you can always get another dog but that pup has only one chance.