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Many people feel that a puppy can be weaned and go to a new home as soon as he begins to eat solid food.
While the puppy will likely survive being taken away from Mom and his littermates, he will be deprived of some very valuable lessons in manners.
This can make things much more difficult for you and the puppy.
From 5 to 8 weeks of age, Mom will teach the puppy what he should or shouldn't do, among other things.
He'll also learn how to get along within the litter and that he can't always have what he wants.
Personality traits will become more evident, increasing your chances of selecting the right dog for you.
If you are purchasing a dog from a breeder, it's fine to make arrangements in advance but it's in your best interest, as well the puppy's, to leave him with his mom until he's 8 weeks old.
Dogs and Jogging/Hiking
Do you take your dog jogging with you or on hikes?
Did you know that there are fanny packs designed to carry might-need items for your dog?
There is usually space for two water bottles (one is for you), a collapsible water bowl, a pocket for treats, a loop for attaching a leash, and a removable key ring.
There's extra space in case you need to carry dog food or things for yourself.
There is also a water bottle available which has a hinged trough attached to the bottle for the dog to drink out of.
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