We like to keep our Tiny Bernedoodle puppies until they are 9-10 weeks old. Puppies should not leave their mom and littermates before eight weeks of age and fully weaned whether you are getting a Bernedoodle or another breed. We start the weaning process around 3-4 weeks of age depending on the litter. Puppies are usually fully weaned by the time they are 6-7 weeks old. Even if puppies are fully weaned younger than 8 weeks they should stay with their litter mates until they are at least 8 weeks old. We keep our Tiny Bernedoodles until they are 9-10 weeks old. The mother dog has so much to teach the new puppy; lessons that will affect him all his life, and his littermates teach important lessons as well.
Puppies who leave their canine family too early will show immediate behavior problems. They will be fearful of many things and show a lack of confidence. They can also be slow to bond to people or will go the other direction, attaching so strongly to their new owners that they will panic when left alone. The ability to soothe himself, to relax when left alone, is missing with most puppies taken away from mom and litter mates to young.
Biting is common in puppies that are taken away from mom and litter mates to early. The mother dog teaches the puppy to control his biting as do the puppy’s littermates. When puppies go to their new home, some biting is to be expected, as all puppies experiment. But when deprived of these early lessons, the puppy will bite more and harder, and teaching him that biting is not allowed is more difficult.
House training problems are also more common with puppies taken away from mom and litter mates before 8 weeks. First of all, when new owners bring home a puppy, no matter what the puppy’s age, they begin house training lessons. However, a three-, four-, or even six-week-old puppy is not yet ready for these lessons. His bowel and bladder control is not yet mature and he will relieve himself when he needs to go, no matter whether he’s in the house or outside.
Puppies taken away from mom and litter mates to young won’t know how to act with other puppies or dogs, and because they act differently, other dogs will react badly to these puppies. Since their mother didn’t have the chance to teach the puppy how to be a dog, he will always be socially inept.
In 26 states, the age at which puppies may be separated from the mother dog or sold is defined by law. Of those, 22 say that puppies must be eight weeks old before they can be sold. Three states—Wisconsin, Virginia, and Maine—require that puppies must be seven weeks old.
Some states focus on the age that a puppy can be separated from his mother. Illinois, for example, requires that a puppy be at least eight weeks old before he can be taken from his mother.
Before buying any puppy, the more you know the better. If an unscrupulous person produces puppies and knows that he can sell them early at six to seven weeks (or earlier) and avoid paying for food, veterinary care, or other costs, then that cycle will continue. But if more people say no, then perhaps that cycle of human behavior can be changed.
I know everyone is excited to bring their new puppy home but for the health of your puppy please do not bring your puppy home before they are 8 weeks old. If you are buying from a breeder and they will not keep the puppy until they are 8 weeks old RUN!! An ethical breeder wants what is best for all of their puppies and will keep them until they are old enough to go home even though there are extra cost associated with food, vetting, etc…
Depending on the circumstances we will allow our Tiny Bernedoodle puppies to go home at or around 8 weeks. Under no circumstances will we all our Tiny Bernedoodles to go home younger than 8 weeks.
The reason we keep our Tiny Bernedoodles until they are 10 weeks old is because smaller breeds need to stay with their littermates longer than a large breed. If smaller breeds are taken away from their littermates to early it can cause the puppy to be overstressed or cause the puppy to get hypoglycemia.
Low blood sugar can affect puppies much more often than adult dogs, even when your puppy is healthy, so it's important to learn about low blood sugar symptoms and what to do. The technical term is hypoglycemia and happens most often when puppies go home and stop eating. Sugar moves into the cells with the help of insulin, and too much insulin can cause hypoglycemia.
The short answer is between 9 & 10 weeks.
We do not take our Tiny Bernedoodle puppies away from their litter before 9 weeks and prefer to keep them until they are 10 weeks.
The signs of low blood sugar can be vague. It’s important to watch out for them especially if your puppy is a small breed that’s most susceptible. Without enough sugar, the puppy’s heartbeat rate and breathing slow down and that triggers a cascade effect of other symptoms. Be alert for any one or combination of the following signs.
The puppy acts weak.
The puppy becomes sleepy.
The puppy seems disoriented.
He develops a wobbly “drunk” gait.
His eyes look ‘glassy’ and unfocused.
The puppy starts to twitch, shake or tremble/shiver.
His head tilts to one side.
He develops seizures.
The puppy falls unconscious and can’t be awakened.
Without prompt attention and first aid, your puppy could die. But fortunately, when you recognize the signs early in the process, low blood sugar is easy to treat and reverse at home.
In almost all cases, the puppy will respond very quickly to treatment, within five or ten minutes. However, if treatment doesn’t reverse the symptoms within this time frame take your puppy to the veterinarian immediately as something else could have caused the signs. Even when your baby dog responds quickly it’s a good idea to have the vet check your puppy sometime that day to be sure everything is as it should be.
Because of the risk, a small breed puppy has of getting hypoglycemia, we do not allow our Tiny Bernedoodles to go home until 9-10 weeks and prefer to keep them until they are 10 weeks old.
Puppies almost never have diabetes, but can develop low blood sugar due to the stress of moving to their new home.
Very small puppies, especially Toy breeds like the toy poodle or Pomeranian, are so tiny, they have very few fat stores. Fat is body fuel, and when there’s not enough, the blood sugar levels fall. Adult pets can make up this difference when their liver churns out the necessary sugar. But immature livers can’t manufacture enough necessary sugar and as a result, these tiny pups develop hypoglycemia.
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