Puppy Forum and Dog Forums banner

1 - 20 of 39 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
7 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Soon I am going to get a dog, the dog lives 30 min. away. I was wondering if she'll go crazy in the car, should i have her on a leash or in a dog crate?

It's a germen shepard puppy about 6 weeks old.

Let me know ASAP thanks guys
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,773 Posts
6 weeks is kinda young to be leaving mom?......I would recommend using a travel crate....take a towel with you and rub it on mom and the other puppies and put it in the crate along w/the puppy ..IMO it helps the pup feel more comfortable to have something familiar
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,773 Posts
Puppies are still learning a lot from mom and sibs at 6 weeks....so the puppy might be weaned off moms milk but that doesn't mean its ready to leave :)

You can do a search on DF or google to see the recommended age to bring home puppy
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,241 Posts
Yep, pugmom is right. While the pup might be weaned, it is still learning a lot from its mom and siblings. I know it's hard to wait, but it's in the pup's best interest to stay at least two more weeks.

A travel crate would be best to bring home your pup.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,966 Posts
6 weeks is too old to be leaving her mother. She still has vital lessons to learn about how to play nice (play without biting), how to accept discipline, how to act like a dog and read canine body language... all these lessons will reduce her play-biting and help her get along well with other dogs as she grows up.

To be honest it doesn't sound like this breeder is a very responsible one and if it's not too late I would NOT get this puppy. German Shepherds are prone to a lot of health and temperament problems, and if you don't buy from a breeder who knows exactly what's in her dogs' genes, you can wind up with a fairly messed up dog.

Oh, to answer your question: I would put her in a crate, just to stop her from chewing on parts of the car, climbing all over the place and peeing in it. Maybe bring along a Nylabone for her to chew on on the way back.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
435 Posts
A puppy that is weened in six weeks is a old wives tale.Most breeders and responsible owners will until nine or ten weeks here.Just because a puppy can eat solid food doesn't make it weened.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,355 Posts
i never let my babies leave till they are at least 8 wks....they learn soooo much from each other in that last 2 wks it's amazing....not to mention all the socializing I do w/ them during this time....but, that JMO (among others)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
The car ride home will be the least of your problems with a 6 week old dog. Get ready for a lots of biting.
You're making a VERY general statement here and it's not really correct. While I agree that 8 weeks is more desirable, I brought home my female boxer at 6 weeks old......I've had ZERO problems with her. And I brought my male boxer home at 7 weeks old......again ZERO problems with him. So you might not want to generalize like that ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,184 Posts
You're making a VERY general statement here and it's not really correct. While I agree that 8 weeks is more desirable, I brought home my female boxer at 6 weeks old......I've had ZERO problems with her. And I brought my male boxer home at 7 weeks old......again ZERO problems with him. So you might not want to generalize like that ;)
Were they your only dog at the time when you got them? If we don't generalize should we always assume that every case is the exception to the rule?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
Were they your only dog at the time when you got them? If we don't generalize should we always assume that every case is the exception to the rule?
My female dog was my only dog at the time I got her.

Exception to what rule? That every dog bites if it's taken from it's mother earlier than 8 weeks old? That's ridiculous. ;) Generalizing and using scare tactics is just not a good way to educate in my opinion. Have YOU had dogs that were taken younger than 8 weeks that turned out to bite? Where is this RULE you speak of written in stone? ;)

My parents have a dog that we got from the shelter that was 8 weeks old when we got her......and she had been at the shelter for all of a couple weeks at least.....and she was a confiscation case because she was left outside by herself, no food, no water, no shelter, no interaction....and she is now 15.5 years old and has never even thought about biting a soul..... ;)

And I could go on and on about the NUMEROUS dogs that I've known that were taken from the mother dog around 6 weeks old and have never had any problems so this "rule" annoys me.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,184 Posts
My female dog was my only dog at the time I got her.

Exception to what rule? That every dog bites if it's taken from it's mother earlier than 8 weeks old? That's ridiculous. ;) Generalizing and using scare tactics is just not a good way to educate in my opinion. Have YOU had dogs that were taken younger than 8 weeks that turned out to bite? Where is this RULE you speak of written in stone? ;)

My parents have a dog that we got from the shelter that was 8 weeks old when we got her......and she had been at the shelter for all of a couple weeks at least.....and she was a confiscation case because she was left outside by herself, no food, no water, no shelter, no interaction....and she is now 15.5 years old and has never even thought about biting a soul..... ;)

And I could go on and on about the NUMEROUS dogs that I've known that were taken from the mother dog around 6 weeks old and have never had any problems so this "rule" annoys me.
So you are stating that dogs don't learn bite inhibition from their littermates?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
So you are stating that dogs don't learn bite inhibition from their littermates?
Never once did I say that so don't go putting words in my mouth. :rolleyes: As I already said, I agree that 8 weeks is ideal for getting a puppy......my point is that I don't think it's always detrimental like people make it out to be to get them younger sometimes. If you train the dog right, I believe most dogs can/will turn out just fine.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,184 Posts
Never once did I say that so don't go putting words in my mouth. :rolleyes: As I already said, I agree that 8 weeks is ideal for getting a puppy......my point is that I don't think it's always detrimental like people make it out to be to get them younger sometimes. If you train the dog right, I believe most dogs can/will turn out just fine.
In general it is detrimental, so we have to hope he is the exception. Is that what you are saying?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
4,701 Posts
I am afraid I have to agree with 3dogmom. I have found with some puppies that I have raised that between 6 - 8 weeks, they also learned to play very roughly with their littermates and it takes them a while to learn that they do not play with humans the same way. I do not think you can say that ALL pups that are taken at six weeks are going to be biting monsters. Some are going to be regardless of the age they are taken from the litter.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
In general it is detrimental, so we have to hope he is the exception. Is that what you are saying?
You're not even making sense anymore. Stop putting words in my mouth. :rolleyes: Flat out, my point is that I don't think it's the end of the world to get a pup at less than 8 weeks....period. Think of all the hundreds of dogs in shelters all over the country that people adopt every single day and have no clue what age they left their mothers......yet we don't hear about all those dogs biting, do we? Come on.......stop trying to get an argument going. We agree to disagree and my point has been proven several times over. Let it go. :rolleyes:
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,184 Posts
You're not even making sense anymore. Stop putting words in my mouth. :rolleyes: Flat out, my point is that I don't think it's the end of the world to get a pup at less than 8 weeks....period. Think of all the hundreds of dogs in shelters all over the country that people adopt every single day and have no clue what age they left their mothers......yet we don't hear about all those dogs biting, do we? Come on.......stop trying to get an argument going. We agree to disagree and my point has been proven several times over. Let it go. :rolleyes:
Who said it was the end of the world?

But don't some shelter dogs have nipping problems? But I guess what you are saying is that in general they don't right?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
64 Posts
Who said it was the end of the world?

But don't some shelter dogs have nipping problems? But I guess what you are saying is that in general they don't right?
You are nothing more than someone who has too much time on their hands to argue on the internet with strangers....kind of sad. I stated my opinion and my reasons for it. Agree to disagree with me if you wish....just let it go already. Geesh. :rolleyes:
 
1 - 20 of 39 Posts
Top