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I have a book that tells me that week 8 in a puppies life is often a 'fear week' where normal everyday things can frighten them forever!! Our chosen breeder lets their puppies leave at 8 weeks. Should i be concerned? Do other breeders allow pups to leave then also? Has anyone had experience of this? x
 

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Most pups you'll find are re-homed at 8 weeks, before this is too early. Its a crucial time from then on for them to bond with you, socialise and come in contact with all the noises so that they dont find them scary in the future. the more they come in contact with and the broader the range of experiences the better the dog ie come into contact with a range of animals, noisey situations, traffic,hoovers, children,prams bikes etc ..... dont worry it'll be fine x x
 

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your pup will be fine, they will always be meeting something new anyway, its the same with kids, can i ask what book your reading as it sounds like it will terrify any new puppy owner.
 

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It's the kiss guide to raising a puppy. It doesn't make a massive deal out of it but it does mention it and it made me wonder. I was thinking i might one get Ceasar Millan's books to read as i love The Dog Whisperer x
 

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Interesting thread...

Most pups go home at around 8 weeks and it's not an issue. A fear period isn't that clearly defined as doesn't magically manifest at precisely 8 weeks. They often freak a bit now and again for all kinds of reasons.

Flo took an odd dislike to the outside table at about 10 weeks and freaked out when I picked up a chair - maybe she thought the chair was attacking me, maybe she thought something odd was happening to me and a chair had suddenly sprouted out of my body - who knows what really passes through their mind.

About a month again she quite upset by a skip that appeared in a road that she often walks along just because it was something odd she didn't expect to be there and she also barked madly when a newspaper delivery kid walked by pulling a trolley with papers - sometimes they just can't figure out what is going on as they don't see, perceive, think or reason as we do.

Best way through is to just spend time helping puppy how to deal with the unexpected and out of the ordinary - do unexpected things, wear odd things, put things in different places, feed then in different places, move their bed etc etc. If something freaks them, get their attention, yawn (hey, that's boring nothing to worry about) then just go about your business.
 

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Thanks a lot for that Embee. You lot certainly are good at advice giving!! Have you read any interesting puppy books? I fancy some bedtime reading before the arrival x
 

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Thanks a lot for that Embee. You lot certainly are good at advice giving!! Have you read any interesting puppy books? I fancy some bedtime reading before the arrival x
I read Kiss and it's reasonable but 'dry', you are bringing a non human baby into your home and you need to really understand them. What a triumph a dog is when you can take a little puppy from mum (just weaned) and they can adapt and learn to become part of a human family and become attached to their humans. Gosh I'm sounding really slushy must be getting broody ;)

Anyway, there are some great 'holistic' approach books that will help you get inside your dog and see it all through their eyes. I think the key to helping a puppy grow, develop and flourish lies with a deep understanding of why they do what they do.

Try these to start with...

Great, practical book to start with. Read before puppy arrives http://www.amazon.co.uk/Perfect-Pup...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305144667&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inside-Dog-...347X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1305144510&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bones-Would...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305144542&sr=1-1

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Love-Dog-Un...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305144728&sr=1-1

This book is full on in approach but basic principles are awesome. I took a lot from this and watered down and applied some ideas. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Before-afte...=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1305144565&sr=1-1
 

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Thanks a lot for that Embee. You lot certainly are good at advice giving!! Have you read any interesting puppy books? I fancy some bedtime reading before the arrival x
Hi Victoria,

On Mandy's recommendation, I am about halfway through Inside of a Dog by Alexandra Horowitz. It's nice and science-y, but she is a dog lover and puts in stories about her own dog to illustrate her points.

I like the Victoria Stilwell one too (It's Me or the Dog - she does a TV programme as well, but I've not seen much of that) for training and also one by Pamela Dennison (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dog Training - what does it say about me that I liked a book with that title?!), which I found quite interesting. And Perfect Puppy is a bit of a puppy owner's bible, I think! Lots of helpful, general info.

Ennierda recommended Bonding with Your Dog by Victoria Schade, which is sat waiting for me to finish Inside of a Dog!
 

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I like the Victoria Stilwell one too (It's Me or the Dog - she does a TV programme as well, but I've not seen much of that)
If you want to catch up with Victoria Stillwell you can always watch episodes on 4OD http://www.channel4.com/programmes/its-me-or-the-dog/4od. I have been known to sit in bed of a night with my laptop on my knees, a cup of tea and some Jaffas catching up on missed episodes.
 

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They're not a patch on Reese's peanut butter cups!!! Luckily we have those here now! My pup is going to be a peanut butter nut like her mum!! x :D
 

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I have that kiss book as well and read about the 'fear 8th week'. We picked Lolly up from her breeder when she was exactly 8 weeks old. Must have been a bit of a traumatic day with Vaccinations with her breeder in the morning and then a long car ride to her new home being hugged lots by 2 suprised children who didn't know we were getting her until 30 minutes before we left home! So we kept things low key that first week (it was Easter weekend so not much happening). But nothing really seemed to phase her.
She's 11 weeks now and the funniest things scare her. A frisby had her freaked for a while and she wasn't too sure about the carrot I gave her to chew this morning! I haven't hoovered without someone else being home to take her outside and distract her yet though!
 
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