Bring Him Home

If you're getting your puppy from a breeder, the breeder will tell you when your puppy is ready to come home. Most big-breed puppies are ready between 8 and 10 weeks of age. Many toy breeds are older, even 12 to 14 weeks old. Don't take home a puppy younger than 7 weeks; he needs time to spend with his mom and littermates. Their interactions are important for his mental health later.

If you're adopting a dog from a rescue group or a shelter, you probably will be able to coordinate times and days that will work best for both of you. Ideally, schedule his homecoming for a day when you will have a couple of days off to spend with him. This way, he can get to know you and the rest of the family, and he can learn his way around the house and yard.

Don't bring a young puppy home and then leave again immediately. A very young puppy left alone suddenly will cry and scream, and could make himself sick. An older puppy or dog who feels abandoned in a strange place might try to escape from the crate or yard, even to the point of harming himself. However, if you can spend the next couple of days with him, he should then have enough confidence and security to spend some time alone.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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