How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Michael Salkin Your Own Question
Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 29718
Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Michael Salkin is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I am looking to purchase a german shepherd puppy with the intention

Customer Question

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: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 2 years 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: and this one is written by a behaviorist: