What Are The Disadvantages Of A Puppy Leaving Its Mother Too Early?


2 Answers

Christine NZ Profile
Christine NZ answered
~ It may not have been weaned properly. Puppies should not be taken from their mothers until at least 8 weeks old. They   should still be nursing from their mother and gaining immunity from her milk and antibodies, until fully weaned. It takes a couple of weeks at least, for them to be introduced to puppy food, and during that time, they still rely largely upon their mother for their nutritional needs.
~ Puppies naturally learn from their mother, not to soil their bedding area.   Take a puppy too young, that hasnt yet learned that, and it's going to be difficult to teach it the rights and wrongs of toileting. Their mother teaches them basic hygiene matters.
~   Puppies learn to socialise with other puppies, how to play and explore their world, and other doggy behaviours, from their litter-mates and mother.   Taken too young, will put the puppy at a huge disadvantage as far as learning how a puppy is supposed to behave.   They need their mother and littermates to learn what behaviours are acceptable. Removing a puppy too early from its mother and littermates, is often the cause of social and emotional difficulties as the puppy matures - they can include iver-activity, increased anxiety, stubborn behaviours & aggression, excessive barking, separation distress and compulsive destructive behaviour towards other dogs, humans and their belongings.
..... Plus it's cruel and puppy will be more confused and sad to be removed from the only family he/she has known.
KR- myopinions Profile
KR- myopinions answered
Too many. There are no advantages to them leaving too early.  It really has a major effect on their future behavior and sets them up to be a pound puppy (where most don't come back out) in the future due to behavioral issues that are difficult if not impossible to correct because the foundation and necessary learning isn't there. They need to learn and are hard wired to learn certain things from interacting with the family unit and there aren't really any good substitutions.  It is in fact one of the main contributions to shelter dogs along with lack of proper screening to be sure they are going to commited and educated families that they are a fit with (i.e., right breed for experience and lifestyle and reasonable expectations ect.) and support from a knowledgeable breeder when issues crop up. Most of this starts with interactions with the Dam and any littermates between 6 and 8 weeks old which is a major reason most responsible breeders keep their pups at least 10 to 12 weeks and older so they have more time to learn proper behavior and socialization in what is really the only way they can, with the family unit.  A couple of the critical ones are meaning of no from Dam, pack placement and bite inhibition doesn't even start until 7 to 8 weeks of age in addition to Silentpurr's mentions.  When my sister called me up on how to get her one year old pup to stop biting so hard as in play he was breaking skin on her young children though she thought it wasn't being mean or aggressive and he simply didn't understand what he was doing or that he was biting hard there was one question and one answer that mattered since it was the real reason he was doing it and why nothing they were doing was able to help. I asked how old he was when they got him. He wasn't with his family unit long enough for bite inhibition lessons to begin. It was typical and predictable result and how I knew to ask that immediately based on the complaint. There is never a good reason to seperate any members of the basic family unit before a minimum of 8 weeks and only detrimental in the end.

Answer Question