Available Adults and Older Puppies
Occasionally I have an adult dog or older puppy (14 weeks or more) available. This usually happens when I decide to keep a puppy or two from a litter, then choose to sell that dog or puppy when it doesn't develop as I anticipated. This doesn't indicate the pup is of lesser quality, only that it has not met my particular standards.
What are the benefits of choosing an older puppy?
Older puppies are less likely to have a disease - my puppies are vaccinated at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks. They also get a Rabies vaccine if still here after 16 weeks. This saves the buyer money and additional trips to the vet for the puppy's vaccines. It also saves the puppy from being exposed to other diseases at the vet before the vaccines provide immunity.
Older puppies have begun crate training - I begin housebreaking when weaning starts by taking the puppies outside as soon as they finish eating. I start crate training my puppies between 8 and 10 weeks old. Dogs prefer to keep their sleeping area clean, so crate training reinforces the puppy's desire to do his/her business outside. Crate training also allows me to teach puppies the "kennel" command. I do not use the crate as a punishment, and puppies learn the crate is their house.
Older puppies are socialized - I interact with my puppies throughout the day. I play with them, pet them, and teach basic commands, both in a group and individually. I also begin leash training. The socialization my puppies receive allows them to bond with a new owner whether the pup is 8 weeks, 18 weeks, or 8 months.