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Old 25-08-2011, 23:53   #1
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Default Study about when to take puppies home.

In the past on the forum has been some discussion about when would be the best time to take a puppy from it's mother.

Recently there was a study done in Italy which released the following:


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http://healthland.time.com/2011/08/2...ppy-too-young/

"Most veterinarians and dog breeders agree that puppies shouldn't be separated from the rest of their litter for adoption before 2 months of age. A new study corroborates that advice, showing that puppies removed from their broods earlier were more likely to develop behavioral problems as adult dogs.


It's an important issue, the authors note, because pets' behavioral problems affect their relationships with owners and the risk of later abandonment.


Veterinary researchers in Naples, Italy, interviewed the owners of 140 dogs, ages 18 months to 7 years. Half of the dogs had been removed from their litters and adopted between 30 and 40 days, while the other half were not adopted until they were 60 days old.


The owners, who were all clients of veterinary practices around Naples, participated in telephone surveys that asked about their pets' provenance, breed and observed problematic behaviors.


About 50% of all dogs included in the study were purchased at pet shops, while 33% came from friends or relatives and 16% were acquired from breeders. None were adopted from shelters, nor had any been traumatized as puppies.
Overall, the researchers found, attention seeking and reactivity to noises were the most commonly reported problem behaviors. Younger dogs (under 3 years old) were also significantly more likely to be destructive and to tail-chase than older animals.


But the dogs that had been separated from their litters early — regardless of breed, size or whether they had been neutered — were significantly more likely to exhibit most of the problem behaviors that the researchers asked about. These included:
  • Destructiveness
  • Excessive barking
  • Fearfulness of walks
  • Reactivity to noises
  • Possessiveness of food and toys
  • Attention seeking
  • Aversion or aggression toward strangers
  • Play biting
  • Tail chasing
  • Soiling the house
The researchers did not determine exactly why early removal from a litter may cause dogs to act out as adults, but they surmised that some dogs may have a genetic predisposition to certain conditions, including fear, anxiety and phobia of noises, and that early environmental experiences may increase the likelihood that they will develop these conditions or go on to have disordered behavior.


"It is generally accepted that dogs go through a sensitive period, the socialization period, during which social experiences and stimuli have a greater effect on the development of their temperament and behavior than if they occur in later life," wrote the authors.


The study was published in the journal Veterinary Record.




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Of course, this is also with the understanding that puppies left with their mothers are also properly socialized by the breeders, not simply left in a kennel with their mothers, which I don't think would help them at all.


It's an interesting study!
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Old 26-08-2011, 00:07   #2
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Thanks for sharing Ms. Yukidomari.
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It's an interesting study!
Not only the study, but also the topic itself. You can buy a 5 weeks old wolfdog in Czech republic... Legally
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And how you know it?
I send you small part of czech rules of kynologican union here:


Českomoravská kynologická unie
ŘÁD OCHRANY ZVÍŘAT PŘI CHOVU PSŮ

d) minimální věk pro odběr štěňat od feny je 50 dnů.

(minimal age for taking of puppy from female is 50 days)

Why you write something about what you don´t know?
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Why you write something about what you don´t know?
Hanka, relax, why are you so tensed and feeling like everyone is attacking you personally? Yes, we all have rules, but there are allways people who overcome them. Sad, but true.
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Of course, but you wrote it is legally here. It is not right info.
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Of course, but you wrote it is legally here. It is not right info.
Well, but puppies get pedigrees, so...
How does this system work in other countries? How do kennel clubs ensure that a puppy goes home not earlier than it is allowed (in Lithuania 6 weeks, but I personally think it is still a bit too early)?
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