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Old 05-22-2012, 02:53 PM
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Advice on 5-Week Old Puppy Raising

Yes, before the torches come out, I -know- 5 weeks is too early to be taken from the mother. However, this was an extreme case in which the mother rejected the pups and the owner was just going to dump them in a kill shelter, the same kill shelter that I rescued my 5 week old kittens from (this was 8 years ago, mind you, and they are now grown and healthy, loving cats). I'm a fair expert on raising kittens and cats, but I haven't had a puppy this young since -I- was only about 8 years old. Needless to say, my mom did the raising of that particular young pup and all I did was play with it and cuddle it. I know a puppy is going to be a bit more work than a 5 week old kitten, and I know he's missed out on crucial puppy socialization that goes on between 5-8 weeks. However, I also know it's not impossible to save this pup and raise him to a well socialized dog. I would just like some advice and tips from others who have been in the same boat. Bite inhibition is the thing I'll most need tips on. Once he's had a few rounds of shots, I plan on getting him into some puppy classes to help him learn how to play and socialize with other dogs so he doesn't become dog-aggressive due to lack of interaction at a young age. Also -diet. I know he can't be fully weaned. My kittens were not fully weaned at that age and I had to blend kitten milk with their kitten chow for a few weeks until they were able to eat canned and dry without needing the kitten milk. Does anyone have suggestions on the best brand and type of food for a pup this young, and frequency of feeding? He has not yet been wormed and has not had shots. He'll be going to the vet for shots later this week - is 5 weeks too young to do a first deworming of a pup? Thanks in advance
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Any type of puppy chow is fine. I used a blender or coffee grinder and made it into almost a powder and mixed esbilac with it when I was weaning puppies I raised. I am ok with puppies mouthing but when they would bite to hard I just held their lower or upper jaw(depending on how they were biting me). The needle teeth may hurt you but they did not like me holding their jaw so they stopped biting. You can also yelp like a puppy. That is what a litter mate or mother would do.
The two puppies I raised from days old were never dog aggressive they got along with everyone and everything.

He is not to young to be wormed.
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He is probably close to fully weaned. That can happen as soon as 4 weeks. But if you want to supplement with a milk replacer for a while along with introducing kibble (he's old enough for softened kibble) try this recipe. Leerburg | Bottle Feeding

As far as the other issue, socialization and bite inhibition, you seem very well aware and are going to be proactive.

Here's some help on the bite inhibition thing. I think this is super relevant for you, because you are going to need to act like a puppy litermate more than the usual owner.

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Glad I found this thread! In similar circumstances, we got our lab mix pup at 5 weeks. She is now 6 weeks 2 days old. I am super worried about bite inhibition, so I'll be keeping an eye on this!
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