Best time of year to get a puppy

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patterpaws
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Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by patterpaws » 07 Apr 2016, 13:42

Hi,
We're looking for a goldendoodle puppy and at first I thought August would be a great time as the kids (mine are 8 & 9) will be off school and we won't have any other priorities plus we would have chance to grab a holiday beforehand. The I got to thinking about socialising and realised that there are a lot more opportunities for socialising a puppy in term-time. Even the twice daily trip to school is a brilliant way to socialise with humans from new babies up to grandparents and lots of other dogggies (though not at first as would have to be carried until 2nd vaccinations kicked in), then I would have the school day to take the pup to other places and see lots of different things without the children in tow.
So now I am thinking it might be best to get a puppy sooner rather than later and either forego a holiday this year or just try a long weekend somewhere dog friendly towards the end of summer with a young puppy! The other option is to leave it until the end of the school holidays and have the best of both worlds - some time at home to concentrate on puppy and the upcoming new school year for socialising but then we would be into autumn and darker nights and chillier weather for toilet training.
This , of course, is all academic as we would have to find a puppy from a reputable breeder but I am wondering if anyone can share experiences and help me decide which time of year would work best. Or is this all irrelevant because what matters is finding the right pup and then we would have to make the best of whichever time of year that happens?
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by We5Kings » 07 Apr 2016, 14:30

Welcome! In my opinion by far the best time toget a puppy is the summer. Our Dude is 3 this June,so we collected him at 8weeks in August. Getting a pup in the summer makes the house training so much easier and you will probably need to go out in the night too, so make the most of the warmer evenings! :lol:
You mention the cost of doodles. Our Dude is a standard(26ins at shoulder,25kg)black and white Multigen and we paid £550. Some breeders charge a lot more. I know that the Australian doodles are very special and thus quite costly. Not sure about golden doodles.
You have had dogs before so I'm sure you are well prepared and will make a good choice, but it's hard to know who is reputable. Make sure you can meet the pup at home with its Mum( and even ask to see Dad maybe)Good luck. Anny

Bellrooster
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by Bellrooster » 07 Apr 2016, 16:55

Hi!

I agree that summer is the best time to get a puppy!

We got our Rosie who is 3 this month at the beginning of June. This was perfect timing for us as it meant I could take Rosie on the school run until my daughter broke up in the July so she had lots of time to socialise and we had the whole of the summer holiday to train Rosie.

It's also easier as because the weather is warmer!! its no fun standing outside with puppies waiting for them to perform when its really cold!

Maybe you could look around June time and sneak in a holiday in the May half term??

Price wise, we paid £300 for Rosie! :D :D :D

patterpaws
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by patterpaws » 07 Apr 2016, 19:34

Thank you Anny and Bellrooster you've confirmed my thinking on timing. Its like a dog show at our school gate every morning and afternoon, great for socialising. We're still on holidays until the week after next so I am missing my daily doggy-fix, wouldn't have managed this long without a dog if it wasn't for that.
Trouble is another year without a dog would be unbearable and I am struggling to find anyone reputable with standard litters. Either prices have gone up a lot in 3 years or I am looking in the wrong places. The cheapest goldendoodles I have seen are £700 (with high hip scored parents or non-tested parents) and the priciest an eye-watering £995 though that breeder seem the most reputable of those I've found and her litter would be ready to leave around the end of August. I don't think its just because they're goldendoodles either as labradoodles only seem to be about £50/£100 cheaper. We can afford to keep a dog but could do without spending quite so much as a lump sum.
Is there anywhere else I should be looking besides trawling the internet and looking on pets4homes?
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by KatyM » 07 Apr 2016, 21:24

Hi and welcome.

We were going to get our puppy at the end of summer because we had already booked a holiday at the end of August. But I looked every night for the pup for us and when I found her I couldn't wait. We got her mid- Jan!! It does mean many cold visits to the garden in the early days and it means we have to leave her with family when we go on holiday in summer but I am so glad we have got her. She is such a member of the family already and we all love her to bits.

Katy & Winnie

patterpaws
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by patterpaws » 07 Apr 2016, 23:43

Katy & Winnie (lovely name for a dog) I know, I will probably do the same, can't wait to get a puppy, I miss having a dog so much. Our original idea was to wait until autumn for a pup so we could have a holiday without worrying about the dog. I don't think I can last it out that long.
To be honest a puppy is more important to me right now and if it means we don't get a holiday this year - so what! (I'm not sure we can trust family with a puppy). I would have liked to have gone away now (especially as our school hols are different to most this year so holidays are cheap next week) but my husband can never get time off in April.
Am hoping to find a good litter which isn't ready until may/june so we can at least sneak in a weekend or a few days away beforehand but if not I will manage.
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by jonb » 08 Apr 2016, 08:19

Having picked up Roker on the 15th December a few years ago and then spending a lot of time in the garden for the rest of December and the next couple of months in the cold and rain i would definitely recommend summer as the time to get a puppy!! :wink:

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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by o4d » 08 Apr 2016, 14:27

I think it depends a lot on your personal circumstances. As a university student I decided to get Harvey end of February/early March when I had help at home so someone could always be at home with him and then from April I would be off university for months (barring going in on five days for exams) until mid-September, kind of to get over the puppy stage while I was at home and get him used to being left alone more often. Also I wanted him to be able to walk while the weather was nice which isn't until about 12 weeks for most pups. Also I waited to get a dog in my last two years (of a five year course) of university as I would be away from home a lot less than after university when I am working full time when I would only be able to come back at lunch breaks. So my decision was kind of based thinking ahead into the future as most people will have to leave their dogs at home for at least a few hours at a time and I wanted to give him a lot of time to adjust to being left at home with increasing duration.

Sorry for the ramble, but basically I think it really depends on your personal circumstances and should be based mostly on the long term well being of the puppy as they will need someone at home pretty much all the time for the first 6 months or so in my opinion and still around quite often until they're about 2 years old.

patterpaws
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Re: Best time of year to get a puppy

Post by patterpaws » 13 Apr 2016, 01:25

Thank you all for your advice. I have found a lovely breeder with a new litter, pups ready to leave early June which I think will be a perfect time. Will pop back here to introduce the pup when the time comes - can't wait!
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