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Can a 6 week old female puppy still develop social skills…

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Can a 6 week old female puppy still develop social skills from an adult male 11 year old dog?
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Ideally we like puppies to stay with their littermates and mom until 8 weeks of age to help with developing important social skills and get nurtured the way that they should. The 2 weeks between 6-8 weeks of age are very important in learning how to play, work out compromise, and develop a sense of self and personality as well as learning to read facial expressions and body language of other dogs. This helps determine and mold a puppy's lifelong social skills.

But I also realize that this goal isn't always possible.

The second best situation is to have the puppy live, or at least frequently socialize with an adult dog that is very well behaved, nurturing, and enjoys the company of other dogs to teach the puppy these important social skills. It does NOT matter whether the adult dog is male or female. It matters more that the adult dog is well socialized, patient and willing to take the puppy under its wing so to speak.

So if this old fellow is a sweet, well behaved pup that enjoys her company then she can benefit greatly from his teaching.

If he is NOT well behaved, or has no patience for her than this is much less likely to be helpful.

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