I have a friend (well, it's someone I know) that had her dog have puppies. They are only 6 wks. old, and she has booted the Mom dog out as of well over a week ago (mom dog not being housetrained, I assume....she couldn't wait to scoot her back outside) My question.......don't puppies benefit from 'learning' from their mom well into the ninth week....or am I wrong here? I (probably stupidly) assumed that that was one of the reasons for AKC to want pups to stay with the mom until 9wks??? I thought puppies learned lots of beneficial 'habits' from mom during the 7 to 9 wk. period. I guess she figured since they eat reg. food, mom doesn't have to be in. thoughts???? nope...I don't EVER plan on having any puppies....ever........just curious.