Monday, September 21, 2009

Another Look at the 49TH Day -By: Ed Bailey

Photo By: Karen Thomason

I came across an article that had been published several times, but I had missed. It is called, Another Look at the 49th Day, and was written by Dr. Ed Bailey and published in Gun Dog Magazine in 1994 and again in 1998. This article is all about puppyhood and the stages of social, physical, and psychological growth they experience. There is a thought that puppies should go into the new owners home at exactly 49 days. We, have subscribed to this thought as well, with our kennel. But this article is about studies that were done in the 4o's and 50's, and challenges that idea. It certainly has me re-thinking a few things. Good read and lots to learn about the development of puppies from birth to about 2 years old. It may even give you some insight to your own dogs behavior. Click on the Title for a LINK to the Article, Reprinted by Caliber Kennels.


  1. Interesting article and appropriate picture. My Setter Ginger will be 15 tomorrow! We got her when she was 10 weeks old and she is perfectly comfortable with other dogs or with here human pals. 49 days? I think it depends on the individual dog and its stage of development. Though fun to argue, don't believe in absolutes when it comes to human or canine developmemt. I think its a little more complicated than that.

  2. I agree with you...absolutely!(Sorry, I couldn't resist!) I do agree, I've seen it a hundred times. Every puppy is different, only slightly, but none the less different. Even in a "litter" of 9 or 10 there are many variables. I know very well, these things about babies and toddlers, but wasn't sure that it applied to puppies. I am more convinced than ever now.