Hi there My long-held dream of having our own dog is getting closer. After years of dog borrowing, Husband has eventually agreed to it after we had a friend's lab staying with us for a few weeks and he was smitten! I work part-time from home, but do have to travel with my job a day or two a month. July - August is the only window when I can be home for 6 weeks in order to cope with the full-time demands of the puppy stage, but we have a week's holiday during this time that we booked ages ago. We have found a fantastic litter which ticks all the boxes on temperament, health, etc. but they would be 13 weeks old when we go on holiday. The breeder has said she could keep the pup on for us until after our holiday, but after reading all the advice on this site, I'm now worried that we might miss a critical window for socialization and bonding if we wait to pick her up till 14 weeks. I'd be interested to hear from anyone on here who has experience of taking on a puppy at 14+ weeks - how did it work out for you in the short and longer term?