16... was pretty good, too....eight weeks... iffy
It not that cut and dry the major organization involved in service dogs removes them from the litter at 6 weeks because they have the best result in future success at that age. IF comes done to who will do a better job of socializing and habituating the dog the breeder or owner If I were a reputable breeder and taking on responsibility for every dog in the litter for life I would agree with the statement. But as a purchase of a dog with a specifice purpose in mind earlier in the 7- 8 week range is better as the dog tend to bond more strongly with humans at that age an I can but in the socialization and habituation in place to deal with what the dog will be facing as an adult living with me which a breeder simply can't do.eight weeks... iffy
What practical applications do we have that bear out the research? Guide Dogs for the Blind, who, until 1956, used to rely on the donation of adult dogs which they took on approval to maintain their training stock. The success rate of these dogs fluctuated between 9 and 11 percent
... Derek had a strong belief in Scott and Fuller’s work and importance of early socialisation and habituation in the production of dogs that were best able to survive and perform in the world at large.
Derek found that six weeks was the best time to place puppies in private homes; any later critically reduced the time left before the puppies reached twelve weeks; but if puppies were removed from their dam and litter mates before six weeks they missed the opportunity to be properly socialised with their own kind, which resulted in inept interactions with other dogs in later life. The training success rate soared because of this policy, which was carried out in conjunction with the management of the gene pool via the breeding scheme Derek also pioneered. Annual success rates in excess of 75 percent became common. You might think that this is a special scheme for dogs with a special function. In fact, what the scheme provides is adult dogs with sound temperaments. These dogs coincidentally make the best material for guide dog training which does not start until they have been assessed at ten months or older. As a result of the breeding scheme, Derek Freeman also proved, if proof was needed, that you cannot dismiss the importance of genetic predisposition, i.e. the basic material required for good temperament can be produced through good breeding. Conversely, a lack of habituation/socialisation can ruin the chance of an individual developing a sound temperament, however good the genealogy.
Lemon is the term generally used but where red end and lemon begins in the eye of the beholder.light colored tan I guess you would say?
Not sure what you mean by normal, it is likely the eye functions normally dark brown eyes are desired in the breed but lighter brown eye are acceptable if in keeping with the lightness of the dog. So light brown eye on a mostly black dog would be a fault but not on alemon and white., THis is similar to nose color. Green or blue eyes would be a serious fault.I noticed yesterday that the female light puppy had green eyes-is that normal?