Did I make a mistake buying this 8 month old dog?
Have you ever heard that question or something similar from a friend, neighbor or family member? I hear it all the time and usually there are some issues that have developed right away that cause the new dog owner to call me with the question.
It is usually a dog that comes from a breeder. The dog’s new owner looked for a deal or maybe just an older dog so he wouldn’t have to go through all the puppy stuff.
As soon as the dog’s new owner brings him home, he begins to see some things that make him wonder what is going on and why the dog is acting like this. Here’s the weird part when I talk to these dog owners and ask them if they noticed these features at the kennel, they usually say yes.
The dog seemed distant, a little fearful and reluctant to approach all members of the family. I ask him why he bought the dog, even after seeing these problems the answer is always the same “I thought we could change him”.
The problem is that the young dog has not been socialized. That happens from birth to 20 weeks of age. It takes some work and a lot of effort to properly socialize a dog and most breeders just don’t do it and don’t take the time to do it.
Here is something to keep in mind. Most breeders are simply selling puppies. When they have a litter of 8 they want to sell all eight as soon as possible. However, the one left after the first seven are gone probably had a problem and that’s why it’s still there. Maybe it was the dwarf. He could have been the shy one who just never wanted to get close to the people who came looking for the perfect puppy for their family.
Whatever happened, it was still there at 8 months old when these people came looking. Now, 2 weeks later, when the dog has started to show some fear and aggression, the family is trying to make a decision on whether they should keep the dog or return it before one of the children is bitten or hurt by this zed. 60 pound 8 month old antisocial. fearful big puppy.
Can the dog be saved and helped with his problems? It probably is, however, a new dog owner with no experience with dogs and 3 young children may not be willing to risk this story having a happy ending when their dog has matured and weighs 130 pounds.
If you’re considering an older dog from a breeder, make sure you have a 15-30 day trial period that will allow you to return the dog for a refund if the dog doesn’t work out.