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Old 10-07-2016, 07:09 PM
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Hi just got my first puppy. Only 5 weeks.

Hi just joined Wednesday me and my girlfriend got a puppy(also live with our 8 year old son and 2 year old cat). I've never had a dog in my life she has had them her whole life. First time she had one this young. I know its to young to even get rid of them.
This is what the guy said, there were 12 or 14 puppies in the litter probably 8 left. I saw the parents but he kept them separated from their puppies. I got to the guys house at 6pm because he was working. It was empty when he got there. So he left them all alone all day. All the puppies were covered in their own feces. He said that the couple with collars on had deposited and were sold.
He said the dad was boxer and the mom was boxer and pit. He also said he has only done dewarming. Don't know if he's telling the truth. Also said he wiened them from the mom milk. We bought one for $150 Just to get it out of the situation and we were looking. He said he was giving them some kind of food, gave us a little but I dont know if it was puppy food so haven't been giving it to them.
We bought puppy food he hasn't been eating it, the place recommend formula and the little guy loves it. We bought him toys and a carrier. My girl got him clothes I don't know why. She also got his nails cut cuz she kept getting scratched but they wouldn't do the bath or anything else because he doesnt have his shots. We bathed him and kept away from eyes. He seems good poops and pees in the house. They said that's normal and to put things down in the house. Someone said its not good to put him outside yet. And he's to young to discipline him about that.
He loves drinking that bottle its like a baby. Not sure if we have to berp him we always try. Only thing he eats.
Just want to know if anyone has advice. Going to take him to the petsmart vet wed. to get dewarmed and a free generalized look at him.
Then going to find a regular vet.
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If your puppy is only 5 weeks old he is waaayyyy too young to be separated from the mother! He is missing out on very a important developmental phase that can only be taught by his mother and littermates...... I suggest you research on bringing up a bottlefed baby and also keep feeding him the puppy replacement formula as it is nutritional necessary right now . You can start trying to wean him to solid food by making a gruel of puppy kibble or canned food with the formula, but do continue to feed him the puppy milk..........................Also, do not expose him to other dogs or areas where 'unknown' dogs go because he is very susceptible to parvo right now, and is too young to be vaccinated!!! I would get the advice of a Vet on this. Good Luck, I hope he stays healthy!
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And he's to young to discipline him about that.
Read up about crate training. Never 'discipline' your pup, you can house train them simply by being watchful and not giving him the opportunity to pee/poop inside.
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Yea I dont. He's to little to go outside so I try to get him to go on the towels.
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What a horrible situation for your puppy to come from. For the sake of your pups parents and litter mates please contact animal control about this heartless owner that should not be breeding dogs. It sounds like selling the pups at 5 weeks is the least horrible thing he's doing.

If you have not taken your pup to the vet yet I would do so ASAP. Honestly I wouldn't bother waiting for the Petsmart vet if you're planing on taking him to a different vet anyways. The free exam is not worth waiting on your pups health.
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OMG!!! I so agree with Animalcracker. This poor little guy is way too young to be separated from his momma but from what you said, he was already separated even though they lived in the same home. I hope to God that these people are not going to continue to breed these dogs. They sound like they don't have a clue what they're doing. I think they're most likely greedy and will do the bare minimum to care for these parent dogs and puppies.

With all due respect, it doesn't sound like you know too much either about how to raise a puppy. There are really good books available. Maybe someone here would have a recommendation for a really good one.
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Hello! Welcome to the forum. Congratulations on your new puppy, I am glad that you understand he is much too young to be away from his mother. You must keep this in mind as he begins to mature. You may or may not know this already, but puppies who are separated from their mother and litter-mates too soon can and often do develop behavior issues such as biting too hard. They can also have difficulties picking up on social cues from other dogs which can be problematic at dog parks or during play dates. In order to help your puppy learn how to communicate and interact with other dogs as well as humans you might want to look for early-puppy socialization classes. Your vet will most certainly tell you not to allow your puppy outside in areas that are frequently visited by other dogs due to the risk of the puppy picking up Parvo and other harmful things. This is a fair warning and you should definitely use caution at all times. That said, you CAN find *safe* environments to socialize your puppy at an early age. Try to find a trainer who offers this.

Please remember you do not have to discipline your puppy in the traditional sense (ie old school training methods). It is far more important to teach them what we want them to do, rather than what we do not want them to do. It's easier and much more fun to train in a positive happy way that keeps your puppy interested in you and learning from you. Often times people will discipline incorrectly and end up creating a bond with their dog that is more fear-based rather than trust-based. You want your new pup to trust you at all times! After all, they are suppose to be our best friends.

Crate training is an excellent thing when you are training a pup to use the bathroom outdoors (which should be safe if you have your own fenced yard that hasn't seen much canine-traffic). I personally advise against using pee-pads house in the as I feel they teach the dog that going to the bathroom indoors is OK. I have seen many people use them and their dogs were never fully house-trained. Maybe they used them incorrectly. I'm not sure.. all I know is I have never personally seen positive results using potty-pads. Perhaps someone else here has used them with more success. In my opinion, a crate and good timing is all you need. Pups usually have to go to the bathroom within 5-15 minutes of them eating or drinking (depends on the size of their bladder). When you do take them outside make sure you stay out there for at least 5-10 minutes (depending on how distracted they are). When the pup goes to the bathroom, throw a party about it. By that I mean get excited and tell the pup how happy you are with them. To prevent random accidents while outside the crate, watch your puppy carefully and block off any rooms you wont be supervising them in. *NEVER* scold your puppy for going to the bathroom inside, this can confuse them and make them think that going to the bathroom in front of you results in uncomfortable yelling, which may make them start hiding from you while they go to the bathroom inside. Simply clean the area thoroughly and start watching them more closely.

There are many books that can help you along your way, and I highly recommend that one of you (better yet- both of you) read them to help get a better understanding of how dogs learn and communicate with us. Here are a few books that I think are helpful. Each author has a ton of experience and other books available if you are interested in reading more.

Pat Miller:
-The Power of Positive Dog Training

Patricia McConnell:
-The Other End of The Leash

Sophia Yin
-How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves

Karen Pryor
-Don't Shoot the Dog!: The New Art of Teaching and Training


As far as food goes, at 5 weeks old they are capable of eating kibble but generally they are not fully weaned until 7 weeks old. When feeding the kibble it is important to add water and let it really soak into the food before the puppy is allowed to eat it. That way it is easier for them to eat and digest. Your puppy should probably be eating at least 3 times a day, how much depends on his size. Talk to your new vet about that since I do not know your pups health/weight/etc.

LOL sorry this post is sooo long! I didn't realize it until I was done typing.

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Old 10-08-2016, 02:43 PM
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I just read Sophia Yin's "7 Days to a Perfect Puppy" It's a really good book and the best part is it has tons of pictures, so you don't have to guess what she is talking about

I agree you have some extra challenges due to the young age. I wouldn't worry about crate training yet. He is so young and he won't be able to hold it that long anyway. I would just set up a playard and use the puppy pads for now. You can always start up crate training when he is bigger. Right now I would focus on making sure he is eating enough, is hydrated and is warm and comfortable.
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welcome, its nice that you came here to learn and went to the vet to examine your puppy. Just listen to his recommendations and I think you'll go well.
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