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Did you have to take a new puppy home? The first night they always cry a lot because they miss their mother, their brothers, and the place where they were born. This is perfectly normal, the puppies are in a place that they do not know, that does not smell the same, without the warmth of their mother and with a new family that is as nervous as them.

The ideal age to separate a puppy

The ideal age to separate a puppy from its mother is at least 8 weeks old. Before that time, the puppies are still learning things from their mother, drinking milk, and living with their siblings. These learnings will be vital for the rest of their lives. Puppies that are separated from their moms before 8 weeks tend to be more nervous and less sociable. In fact, the longer they can stay with their litter and their better mom, however, this does not mean that dogs will always have to be with their mothers to be happy.

Dogs, like many other mammals (but not like humans or primates) do not need to be near their parents until they are young adults or adults. Animals usually separate from their parents when they can fend for themselves and in the case of dogs, at 8 weeks they can move alone, they can eat, and can control sphincters so they are ready for what follows in their lives.

How to reduce new puppies' separate anxiety?

1. Take him to the room or bed with you

Take into account if you have a new puppy at home, that although he is ready for his age, this does not mean he will not have a couple of days when he will miss the heat and smell of his first home. After all, they were separated from their mother. So be considerate of him, do not scold him if he cries, you can even take him to the room or bed with you for the first few nights so that he gets used to your smell, your voice, can feel the beat of your heart and generate a faster bond with your new family.

2. Take a blanket or a stuffed animal

Before taking your new puppy home, take a blanket or a stuffed animal to put him where the puppies and mom are and imbue their smells. So when you're at home, you can put the blanket or teddy bear so that you feel close to mom. Also at night, if you decide not to take it with you to bed, you can tie a bottle with warm water with the blanket and put it in the place where you will sleep, so your puppies can feel warm and the smell of mom and that will help them not to miss so much.
Do not worry, as soon as your dog learns to recognize your smell and your voice and knows that you are the owner, he will have created the bonds that will make them inseparable forever. This takes very little time so do not feel bad if the first few nights you cry because you miss your mom, love him a lot and everything will be fine.

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My most recent puppy did not give two farts about leaving his mom and siblings, lol. He was like 11 weeks when I picked him up, though, so less of a tiny baby.
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