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Old 04-20-2015, 10:21 AM
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New puppy owner from Alabama

Hey, just joined here this morn. Yesterday, after searching Facebook all day, I stumbled across a post selling pit/lab mix puppies. Needless to say I was elated. Long story short, I brought a puppy home. Me and my better half named the little girl Tinkerbell, (but I'm calling her TinkTink). She is part Yellow Lab, part American Bulldog, and part Pit Bull. She the cutest little bundle of loose fur I have ever seen, haha.

However, this being my first big dog since I was a kid, I thought some advice, tips and tricks, and general overall help would be greatly considered from people from a 'been there, done that' kind of perspective. She is currently six weeks old. I know she's young but the owner was gonna sell them regardless.
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First step would be get to the vet. I imagine she probably doesn't have any shots and more than likely needs a physical and to get on her vaccination rotation. Until she is up to date with those I would not take her anywhere. The risk of diseases, especially at such a young age, make it not worth going out.

Once she is up to date on her shots and a little bit older, I would get her into a puppy class with other dogs. She is going to need to be out and around other dogs to socialize and make up for that time she did not have with her siblings.

Kikopup on youtube is a great channel with a lot of great training videos using all positive reinforcement. Start early! It will be instrumental to maintaining control when she gets bigger.

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I have been watching those videos and applying some of the methods into training her to do a few things. So far, and this is just what I think, I believe she has a basic understanding of what her name sounds like. She is doing very well with not using the bathroom in the house. This morning when I got up with her she even ran to the back door and waited for me to let her out, then promptly went in the grass. I have been trying to use small treats as positive reincouragement for commands like 'lay down' 'outside' 'inside' and 'night night'. I have a feeling she is a quick learner.

I also took her to get her puppy shots and a physical this morning. Everything has been checked out and she is healthy. I am currently looking into puppy classes now and I hope she does great. Thank you for all the advice. I will keep you updated on her progress.
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I have been watching those videos and applying some of the methods into training her to do a few things. So far, and this is just what I think, I believe she has a basic understanding of what her name sounds like. She is doing very well with not using the bathroom in the house. This morning when I got up with her she even ran to the back door and waited for me to let her out, then promptly went in the grass. I have been trying to use small treats as positive reincouragement for commands like 'lay down' 'outside' 'inside' and 'night night'. I have a feeling she is a quick learner.

I also took her to get her puppy shots and a physical this morning. Everything has been checked out and she is healthy. I am currently looking into puppy classes now and I hope she does great. Thank you for all the advice. I will keep you updated on her progress.
Sounds like an awesome start! Remember to make training sessions short and positive! She has 2 very smart breeds. Also once the vet gives you the all clear as far as shots I would start trying to socialize her as much as possible. She's going to be a large dog. Would hate for her not to be socialized well.

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