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Old 05-25-2011, 01:26 PM
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6 week old puppy

I'm posting this for my sister. I'm actually waiting for my adopted puppy, but she won't be ready for another 2 weeks.

Anyway, my sister got a puppy yesterday from a person on Craigslist. The puppy is only 6 weeks old . I'm pretty upset with her, but there's no going back now. I originally told her to contact the person she got the puppy from and ask if she can bring him back to be with his mom for at least 2 more weeks but the guy says no and that the other puppies have already been picked up by their new owners.

So she's kind of stuck. She's wondering what to feed the puppy. I gave her some soft wellness food and wellness kibble that I had for my new puppy. Is that ok for him to be eating at this age? Should he be getting milk as well? How often should she be feeding him? Does he need to go to the vet immediately? She's scared that if she goes to the vet and tells him that the puppy is only 6 weeks he'll report her for owning a dog that young (idk where she got that from, but I'm asking just in case). She was planning on waiting 2 weeks until the pup was 8 weeks and taking him when I took my new little girl (Bailey).

Can someone please help? I feel awful for her. She really is an animal lover, but she slipped up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been reading this forum for about a week and can't wait to start using it when I bring my Bailey home.

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Wellness wet and dry food is fine for the puppy. If he does have trouble with the dry food she can soak it in a bit of warm water till it's soft enough to chew. He doesn't need milk or anything.

I would feed him 4 times a day just a little bit each time. Then when he gets to 8 weeks she can go to 3 times a day.

I would take the puppy in and get him wormed and his first set of shots, but she should carry him. I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble for having a puppy that young.

Congrats on your new additions.

I would also advise her to start watching kikopups channel on youtube since it will be up to her train him things that he would have learned from his mom and siblings.

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Thank you. The person she got the dog from said he already dewormed him and gave him his first set of shots, but obviously I'm not sure if that's 100% true.

One more question, can she take him on walks around the neighborhood or should she wait until he has all his vaccines? She wanted to take him to the dog park down the street from her but I told her absolutely not. The dog park is REALLY busy all the time and I don't think it's a good place for a 6 week old puppy. I'm letting her use all the kong toys I got my dog and gave her a bag of my training treats. We've been reading a lot of training books (we almost felt like we were pregnant together lol ). She was suppose to wait for another 2 weeks and get a puppy around the same time I got mine, but she just couldn't wait .

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Pup is too young for "walks around the neighborhood" as he won't have stamina for that anyway.

In terms of disease, she wants to be careful not to expose pup to areas where unvaccinated dogs might have used as a toilet.
That means she can take the pup to visit with healthy, vaccinated dogs that she knows are friendly and gentle to puppies (its really important to know this so puppy does not get scared or hurt), and she can have friends over with their dogs who are also healthy and vaccinated.
She should not take pup to public places like dog parks, or around town, or rest areas along the highway. Private homes and private yards (where there are no strays) are reasonably safe.

Because pup is missing vital socialization time with his litter, this socialization is really important.
BUT she should wait a couple of weeks until the puppy is bigger. He really is an absolute infant right now at 6 weeks.

Here's the best puppy book I know. Get it for your sister and one for yourself too!
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No going anywhere public until all sets of shots are complete; that's why Esme mentions to carry the pup to the vet (or anywhere outside).

Will the pup have your pup to play with? I guess that's the one good thing in the situation; at least her pup will have another pup to help with socialization and bite inhibition, although it sounds like the pup will be alone for 2 weeks.

I'm also wondering if she already paid for the puppy? That's the only reason I could think there would be "no going back," and even then, I'm sure you've already told her she's probably buying from a BYB if they are letting the pups go this early. Could you convince her to ask for her money back?
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If she was told he already got his shots and was wormed once she could wait another 2 weeks to take him in to the vet, but that's really gonna be up to her.

I would not take him for walks until he's had atleast 2 sets of shots and even then it would still be risky since you don't know whether other dogs that used that are were vaccinated. She could carry if she is really just wanting to socialize him. But no interaction with other dogs that she doesn't know.
It's great you both have been reading up on training it will really help. Your Welcome
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Also, it would be really smart of your sister to get involved with a Positive Puppy class, or some sort of play group with other puppies, so pup gets that crucial time with other puppies. This helps puppies learn "dog language" and also "bite inhibition"... well you probably already know all this as you were aware that 6 weeks is a bit young... but anyway, in case that helps...
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Yes, when I bring Bailey home, they will play together. I think she is worried about socializing her puppy. Obviously she doesn't want him getting sick, but she also wants to make sure he's getting everything he needs training wise (that she can do anyway).

She's already paid for the puppy so there really is no going back. The guy was so nice until after she took the puppy home, now he's not even interested in hearing from her. There's no doubt he's a backyard breeder.

So at 8 weeks she could start taking him for short walks? She has a big backyard (as do I) so he can run around in her yard or in mine when they come over. Do I need to prep my yard? I'm not sure if you can sanitize a yard, but I just want to help, plus with Bailey coming home in a couple of weeks it wouldn't be a bad thing.

Thank you all for your replies.
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I'm also wondering if she already paid for the puppy? That's the only reason I could think there would be "no going back," and even then, I'm sure you've already told her she's probably buying from a BYB if they are letting the pups go this early. Could you convince her to ask for her money back?
I can imagine it would be impossible to give the puppy back tho'.... I mean, I was in love with each of my puppies before I even met them (just a pic is all I needed) It would have been impossible to give a puppy back once I held him/her. Gosh, even now, I wouldn't give up either of my dogs for a million dollars... or a billion! I mean they are priceless!

I'm just sayin' ... that line of inquiry may be a non-starter.

Hey, let your sister know she'd be welcome here on the forum too. There is a ton of helpful puppy advice here!
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Tell your sister she does not need to rush! Puppy is VERY young... like a 6 month old baby. So let him grow up a little! Definitely NO DOG PARK! That's a recipe for not just diseases, but very frightening, perhaps even traumatic experiences for puppy.
Not all dogs are nice to puppies, some may even attack a puppy. Not trying to scare you, but you just don't want to toss puppy into the mix and think it will be a good plan.

Keep the socializing to known, friendly, gentle dogs, and to other puppies. Monitor the interactions.

As far as your yard goes, so long as there has not been a parvo-infected puppy there in the last few years, or other sick or stray dogs, and you have a fence to keep out other dogs, you should be fine. Sunshine is the great sanitizer.
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