My name is Cat and I'm new to the forum and new to dogs in general. I mean not totally new to dogs I grew up with dogs but growing up with them and having your own is quite a bit different.
When I moved out of my parents house many many (many many!) moons ago I did take my dog with me - she was your generic type of farm mutt (we lived in a very rural area). She was about 8yrs old when I moved out and I had her for another three years.
Between then and now there has been events such as getting married and having a couple of kids. We live in the Western part of the US and I'm rather sick of it so we are hoping to move to the east coast within the next year or so.
Anyway I did something potentially (okay probably) stupid today and ended up bringing home a puppy. Thankfully the kids (12 & 10) and the hubby (spiritually 4.5yrs) were thrilled.
Here is the thing though - I brought home a puppy that is going to be a massive amount of work. I know it and I'm going to do my absolute best to make it work.
She is 3/4th border collie and 1/4th aussie shepherd. She is a blue merle with two blue eyes. I was told she was 8wks old - I don't believe that for a second. I think she is between 5-6wks old. She keeps trying to nurse on peoples fingers. She is eating kibble (I moistened it with goats milk and water) and she is drinking fine.
The only reason I took her when she was this young was they had already sold all of her siblings off - so she just would have been there alone. They had separated everyone from Mom so mom could dry up.
I am going to sign her up for puppy kindergarten as soon as she is old enough to go.
I guess I am just looking for as much advice as possible on how to keep her from turning into a little monster dog? especially since I know puppies who leave their siblings and their Mom too soon can end up with some issues.
I work from home so the pup will not be alone very much. I have purchased a crate, grain free dog food (they were feeding beneful which I read is terrible), collar, leash (though she will not be walking anywhere for awhile), some small toys. What else should I get? how early is too early to start working on the basics (sit, down?) at home?
She had some diarrhea but I figure that is probably pretty normal since she is so young and under quite a bit of stress. There was no blood in it and she inhaled her dinner and is drinking fine. She also has peed a few times and it did not look abnormal in colour.
Sorry for such a long post!