Can I Visit the Puppies?
Many people question if they can come by and visit their puppies before they are ready to go at 8-weeks-old. The answer to the question is yes, but not till at the very least 5 to 6 weeks of age. There are several reasons why we do not let anyone around the new puppies between birth and 5 weeks to 6 weeks – all to protect our dogs and your puppy. Below you will find not only details as to why this is so but also information as to what you can do in the mean time to prepare for your puppy.
First, it is extremely stressful for the mom to have strangers visit as she is caring for her new litter. This in turn will put stress on the new born pups. Remember, you are one of many people (sometimes as many as 12 ) who are getting a puppy, not including everyone else who “just wants to peek at the new babies.” If we allow everyone to see, touch, or spend time with the new pups, the mom’s routine would be disrupted: her eating and caring for pups and even her ability to produce enough healthy milk for them could be at risk.
Like a new baby, the opportunity for young pups to pick up infectious diseases is increased with all new contact. Most illnesses and diseases are innocently carried on people’s shoes and clothing. Entire litters of puppies can be wiped out within 48 hours by the puppy killer parvo virus. This disease could be picked up unknowingly by people in a school yard, a park, or on a sidewalk, and this is only one disease. We cannot risk exposing our dogs and your puppy to diseases that could destroy them.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We take great care and much time caring for all of our dogs and their puppies. It is time and energy consuming. This is what we do best, so please let us do it. We understand your excitement, and we are happy that you are enthusiastic about getting your pup. But until you take your puppy home, we are responsible and the puppy’s health and safety is our priority. I guarantee you that when you finally get to take your puppy home in 8 weeks after the birth it will be well worth your wait.