This topic has probably made its rounds through hunt talk but the search engine on this site is a struggle to use. I currently have a 11 year old pointing lab and am considering getting another pointing lab out of a breeder in Knoxville Iowa. I have always picked up my pup at 7-8 weeks and have never had a problem. The breeder prefers that you let them keep your pup for an additional 6 weeks (14 total) to go through their "Head start" program. What is everyone's opinion on this. Personally I'm not interested in the program and would like to have my dog at 8 weeks, lot's of fun memories are made training them in my opinion and if you put the time in you shouldn't have a problem. Also this will be a new situation for me in that my 11 year old isn't long for the world and I'm wondering what impact her dying would have on the younger dog? Does anyone have any experience with that? Thanks for all your help!!!