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Old 12-11-2012, 09:51 AM
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Welcome to the forum! Congratulations on your new puppy!
Thanks! We're super excited. 13 more days. :-D
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Puppy mills do mixed (ie "designer" dogs) and purebreds. Getting a purebred doesn't mean it comes from a puppy mill (or a backyard breeder), though, if you do your homework and find a responsible breeder. FWIW, the situation just sounds like an irresponsible owner, not a puppy mill, to me.

But, that's all beside the point, since you've already set upon your pup.

It's too bad the dog's owner has that attitude about keeping the puppies (I'd point out to her that she was irresponsible enough to let her dog get pregnant so she should be at least caring and responsible enough to give those pups the right start to their lives....), but it's great you are already reading about bite inhibition and preparing otherwise!

I'd just suggest paying your money to the woman's vet clinic as a down payment for her spay. That will be more of a safeguard that that's where the money is really going. (And if she doesn't like the idea, well, then that'd be another red flag....)

Good luck!
Also, there were more reasons as to why we didn't want a purebred. Usually more expensive (when we don't really mind a mixed breed at all.) And, then from what I had read, mixed breeds are typically healthier. (But I'm sure that's not always the case.)
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I also would caution the bite inhibition thing,depending on what you are reading. you are buying a dog, and puppies use their mouths to explore and investigate, one of the biggest mistakes I see people making is overeacting to mouthing and in the end causing a fearful, nervous dog that bites every time it feels stress or pressure. Just because your 8 week old is an alligator doesn't mean it will be vicious at a year.
Currently my hands and arms are covered, but everyday Zocha gets better, and now that she is almost finished teething I haven't been touched in two days On the other side of the pendulum are the "Ouch" fans, meaning you making an uncomfortable sound like you're another puppy when you get bit, I'm not against this school of thought, but in Zocha's case it just ramps the behaviour up, and she bites more and harder
Good Luck and Enjoy the new Pup

I know that no matter what, the pup will bite. My 1 year old bites too, since she's teething, but she's not vicious.

I'm planning on being fine if she chews, unless if she bites too hard. Then I'd walk away, teaching her that I don't stick around for that. Come back a few minutes later, and repeat.
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