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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I am looking to purchase a german shepherd puppy with the intention

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I am looking to purchase a german shepherd puppy with the intention of raising this dog to be a therapy dog. My question is: my breeder just had a puppy - she is the ONLY puppy in the litter. Would this dog have the socialization skills necessary for a therapy dog as she has no siblings?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, yes, as long as she is well-socialized to other dogs (pups and adults) and people by the important age of 9 weeks, the fact of being a singleton becomes moot. Here's an interesting article for you written by a breeder: http://www.akc.org/enewsletter/akc_breeder/2014/06_singleton.html?utm_source=AKCBreeder&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=20140611 and this one is written by a behaviorist: http://thebark.com/content/singleton-puppies.