Is 4 weeks too early to adopt a puppy? A Comprehensive Guide

How much do puppies sleep at 4 weeks?

Something to remember about puppies is that they need sleep – lots of it, just like babies. Your puppy will need about 18-19 hours sleep in every 24. So only expect 4 to 5 hours of being awake and only about an hour at a time. If they’re kept awake and playing, you could both be heading for a stressful time.

#1 They are NOT fully weaned

Is 4 weeks too early to adopt a puppy?

The recommended time frame for getting a puppy is when they’re 8 to 12 weeks old, and no less than 8 weeks. The reason is simple – it takes a full 8 weeks for puppies to be completely weaned. The “weaning” process occurs when puppies switch from their mother’s milk to solid food (e.g. kibble/dog food), which typically begins at the 3rd to 4th week and takes at least several weeks to complete. Even if the mom starts growling at them towards the end (a sign that she’s setting boundaries, which is a normal part of the weaning process), the puppies still need to stay close to her for 8 weeks to transition successfully. Puppies must become fully accustomed to taking solid food without nursing for some time (e.g. at least 5 days) for the weaning process to be considered accomplished. Any breeder who’s willing to sell you a puppy earlier (even at 5, 6, or 7 weeks) is simply NOT a responsible breeder and has no regard for a dog’s well-being.

What happens if you take a puppy too early?

If separated from her care too early, your puppy can become hypothermic, hypoglycemic and dehydrated, warns the VCA Animal Hospitals website. If she doesn’t stimulate the little one to go potty, he can become severely constipated or develop a ruptured bladder.

What happens if you wean a puppy too early?

Puppies are the cutest thing in the world. So it’s only natural you want to get a young pup when given a chance. However, getting a puppy too early carries certain risks. Separating a 6-week-old puppy from its mother can affect the entire life of your pet and cause irreversible changes in their psyche, leading to anxiety, aggression, and fear.

Read on to learn why a puppy can’t leave its mum at 6 weeks, the optimum age of adopting a puppy, and what negative dog behaviors to expect if you get a 6-week-old puppy.