Is it OK to collect a puppy at 9 weeks?

Answered by Tom Adger

It is absolutely okay to collect a puppy at 9 weeks old. In fact, it is quite common for puppies to be placed in their new homes at this age. While some breeders and experts recommend waiting until 10-12 weeks, there is no significant difference or disadvantage in bringing a puppy home at 9 weeks instead of 7 weeks.

At 9 weeks old, a puppy is generally weaned off their mother’s milk and eating solid food. They have also been introduced to basic training and socialization by their breeder or in their previous environment. Puppies at this age are still learning important lessons from their mother and littermates, such as bite inhibition and social skills. So, you can rest assured that your puppy will have had some early socialization experiences before coming home with you.

Furthermore, bringing a puppy home at 9 weeks allows you to have a crucial bonding period with your new furry friend. This early bonding is essential for building trust, establishing routines, and developing a strong relationship with your puppy. It also gives you the opportunity to start training and socializing them according to your own preferences and lifestyle.

While it is true that puppies go through a critical socialization period between 8-16 weeks, it doesn’t mean that bringing them home at 9 weeks will cause any negative effects. As long as you provide a safe and stimulating environment, continue socializing them with other dogs and people, and expose them to various environments and experiences, your puppy will continue to develop into a well-rounded and confident adult dog.

Personal experiences have shown that puppies brought home at 9 weeks can thrive just as well as those brought home at 7 weeks. In fact, some breeders choose to keep puppies until 9 weeks to ensure they have received proper vaccinations and have had enough time with their littermates and mother.

Collecting a puppy at 9 weeks is perfectly acceptable and will not pose any significant issues. This age allows for a smooth transition to their new home, provides ample bonding and training opportunities, and ensures they have had some early socialization experiences. As long as you provide a loving and nurturing environment, your puppy will grow up to be a happy and well-adjusted adult dog.