The pups will be nearly 3 weeks tomorrow. I have been told they should be walking now, their eyes will be fully opened and they will be getting a little more personality.
So far the 2 girls are VERY similar in personality. On the past 2 visits they haven't really done anything but squirm in my hands! The only difference is one girl is the BIGGEST out of all of them and the other girl is quite small compared to the big one (at least an inch shorter along the back). And the small girl has a little more white.
I want an outgoing pup so she can put up with Floyd wanting to constantly play. Now they are walking etc, what are some signs I should look for? Should I be doing any 'tests' to the girl pups to see how they react to different things? How do you choose the correct pup???????
I'm just getting a little worried because I MUST make my decision by next weekend when they are 4 weeks old, yet they are still very very similar.
***Edited By: Boxer Babe on 1/20/2005 7:54:16 PM*** Reason: mistake
I think the problem so far is that the pups have been too young for me to check them out and for them to check me out! They have been too small. I hold them for 10 mins and they squirm and I put them back. Nothing much to base a decision on.
This week might be better (fingers crossed). So I thought I'd write a message to see what I should be looking for so I don't waste this visit.
For example, should I clap my hands to see reactions like one might get a fright so that one might be submissive? (That is a very bad example!)
Or is 3 weeks still too young to make a judgement on reactions etc?
***Edited By: Boxer Babe on 1/20/2005 8:06:21 PM*** Reason: omission
I think you have a case of the jitters, LOL. You have waited a long time and want everything to be perfect, I can completely understand. I waited a looooong time to get a companion dog for my other mutt, and ended up getting a puppy that was my 2nd choice, as the first was unavailable. Even though I fell in love with my girl, I was constantly thinking what if, what if? Isn't that nuts? Anyway, two months later, an opportunity came up for me to adopt my original choice, and when I went to see him, not only did I feel nothing for him, he was the goofiest looking dawg I have ever seen. He ended up getting adopted that day by someone else, and it just made me realize that it all works out in the end. To make a long & boring story short, I think you have to try and relax and know that whatever happens, it will be the right decision for you AND your puppy. Good luck, Boxer Babe.
I know!!! I just need people like you to slap some sense back into me!
I've noticed I seem to be getting nervous on Fridays because I go out to see them on Saturday mornings. At first it was nervousness because I thought they might all die, and now it is nervousness because I can't pick!
Good luck!! I know there was a post on here not too long ago about that subject. It had said something along the lines of you probably don't want the one that will run over others to get to you and you also don't want the one the will hide in the corner. I know it elaborated a lot more than that but that is the main thing I remember from the post. It also said you wanted to look at the puppy on its own and together with its litter mates. I was ignorant of all of this when we picked our puppy but we really lucked out. I hope you will do equally as well with your choice.
It is so hard to see personality in the little puppies. We got mine at 9 weeks old and she is so much different than she appeared to be when we picked her. Make sure they give you enough time with the puppies.
There is a good chance that there is no bad choice so I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Hee hee, poor girl. It's funny, though, as size and markings DO matter. It's just that usually those things don't display themselves all the way until later, which makes it even harder!!! You never know what you are going to get, that's why you have to go with your gut. What time are you going to look at the pups? And do you have to make your decision tomorrow?
You have another week in which to decide, right? So, you don't really have to decide this weekend. If one of the puppies doesn't stand out as the right one, take the extra week, and go see them again. Most likely, both pups will turn out to be wonderful dogs, so neither choice will be a wrong choice. If one of them is obviously shy or acts like a bully, pick the other pup. Otherwise, see if one of the pups takes to you more strongly than the other one.
If you get to week 4 and you really can't decide, flip a coin. Of course, you won't be obligated to go with the result of the coin toss, but the coin toss may actually help you figure out which pup you're leaning towards because you'll discover that you're either happy about or disappointed by the result of the flip. Then, you'll know which pup to choose.
I went through a similar experience while picking out our Rottweiler puppy last weekend. They were 3 1/2 weeks old and it was between 2 of the females. The one we chose was walking better than the other and was a cuddler. The one we didn't choose was really edgy around us and would sometimes flinch when you touched her. Plus the one we chose walked right up to the side of the box when we got there. So maybe she chose us?