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As I have posted on earlier, I am looking to get a puppy this spring. I am also planning on taking about a 20 week trip this summer and will have to board the pup. What is the wisdom on that?

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Pup will be going through critical stages then. I certainly wouldn't simply board a pup. There's going to be virtually no stimulation. I'd try to find a professional trainer who does early puppy training.
 

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Wait to get your puppy. You're missing one of the best times of your dog's and your own life. It's a hoot to watch them grow and learn, and it's a key bonding period.
 

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I agree with Ted.
 

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IMHO -

if you REALLY want a pup from a particular litter, and that breeding is only going to happen once..... buy the pup, spend as much time as you can with him/her and then find a really good 'head start' trainer for the time in which you will be gone.

Otherwise, I would opt to wait til after the summer to get a pup, that way you can enjoy your puppy's formative months.

For the others who question HPL's motivations ------ Most people love the puppy stage, but some people don't. That is where the market for started/trained dogs comes in to play. Not saying this is the case for HPL, just that it isn't all that uncommon.
 

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A 20 week trip? That is 5 months. I would wait to get the pup until I returned from the trip. Or you might as well get the pup right now and then give it to a pro at 5-6 months old and let the dog get trained on basics while you are gone for 5 months.
 

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As I have posted on earlier, I am looking to get a puppy this spring. I am also planning on taking about a 20 week trip this summer and will have to board the pup. What is the wisdom on that?

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Use a good puppy Head Start program which might even be cheaper than regular boarding. The pup will still know you.
 

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As I have posted on earlier, I am looking to get a puppy this spring. I am also planning on taking about a 20 week trip this summer and will have to board the pup. What is the wisdom on that?

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Pups at 8-10 weeks old in Spring is the best start (imo) that gives you 3 months to do all the bonding in the world before the Summer. At 20-22 weeks old (5- 5 1/2 months old), the pup is not going to learn much in boarding only for the next 5 months of its life making it nearly 1 year old.
What a great opportunity for the pup to attend Training /boarding (for whatever intention and expectation the pup was originally planned for)
As for 'Wisdom' , some just make choices based on circumstances.
 

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Ahh! so it's 2 weeks ,not 20 weeks boarding in the summer . Why would any wisdom be required. Nice fortnight holiday which everyone looks forward to right now!!
 

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As I have posted on earlier, I am looking to get a puppy this spring. I am also planning on taking about a 20 week trip this summer and will have to board the pup. What is the wisdom on that?

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Do you really mean 20 weeks or maybe mistype and its 2 weeks?
 
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