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Old 07-17-2013, 01:39 PM
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bought a 6 week old puppy, what should I do?

I recently bought a 6 week old Jack Russell/Chihuahua/Daschund cross from a woman who's purebred Jack Russell got pregnant by a neighbors dog before she had a chance to get her spayed. We've always had adult dogs so I wasn't aware until now that puppies should be 8 weeks before leaving their mom. Is there anything I need to know/should do to keep my pup healthy? All I've found so far is people saying the puppy should go back to the breeder but that isn't going to happen. I called the vet about vaccines and we're going to pick them up at southern states and give them to her asap. One of our dogs is UTD on his vaccines and the other isn't but we're getting hers tomorrow and I've been keeping the puppy far away from them and anywhere they go to the bathroom.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:49 PM
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Bring her to a vet ASAP! The breeder obviously didn't know what she was doing, who knows what the pup could've picked up! You need to have her examined.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:52 PM
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She said she never took the puppies outside and the mom was vaccinated so she should be good.
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I second the vet!!! If it was an accidental pregnancy, the breeder didn't know what they were doing and you don't know much about puppies, it would be a great idea to do a full checkup and just get some advice on vaccines/healthcare/etc.

Beyond making sure that your pup is physically healthy, don't worry too much about the age thing - there is really nothing you can do about it NOW, and stressing out about it won't help. For the record, my dog was a rescue, and was abandoned with the rest of the litter at around a month old. She has a couple...difficulties....with her learning sometimes, but has an incredible temperament and is very happy.

Read as much as you can about puppies - if you have only had adult dogs, there are a lot of things that you will be dealing with that you haven't encountered before.
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my puppy was 8 weeks when we got him, but he too was a rescue so not with his mother as long as he should be at all. He is 15 weeks now and is doing great, smart and happy. only some separation anxiety we are dealing with, but he is getting better with that all the time. I started reading things on here and got a little freaked out about all that could be bad since he was separated early, but got over it. you will too. take him to the vet to ease your mind that she is ok and go from there. and remember things will get easier (about week 10 for us he started to get more comfortable, us too!)
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Thanks so much everyone! And I'll make sure to do everything you guys mentioned.
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Not taking the puppies outside would only help a little. I highly doubt the owner stayed inside, too. She could've tracked something in, the mother could've brought something in from outside. Make sure you ask for a parvo vaccinations. Some include it, some don't. Just make sure you get it, this is what takes the lives of so many young puppies.
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You need to get her to a vet. She needs to be checked to make sure that she's developing correctly, that she doesn't have worms, and to get her shots. You should not be giving her the shots. She'll need a series of shots on a schedule until she receives the final series then she'll be fully vaccinated. Again a vet should be giving her the shots not you.

You'll have to work with her on bite inhibition since that is one of the things she would have learned from her siblings and mom. Once she's a couple weeks older you'll also need to work on housetraining and can start with clicker training but keep the sessions very, very short at first we're talking 2 minutes tops she won't have much of an attention span.

Be very gentle with her. She's an infant (around the equivalent of a 1 year old baby) and will get scared easy. Try to not yell at her or scare her, keep all interactions with her positive and please remember that she will test your patience, and in a week or two may turn into a demon shark puppy. It's normal and just takes consistency, patience, love, and lots of redirection to get through!.

Read the sticky in the housetraining forum for tips on housetraining, the stickies in the training forum will also be helpful for you. If you don't have it already buy the book Puppy Primer
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I second all of the above and best of luck! I got my pup at 6 weeks as well and though she has a few hangups, she is turning out great. yes on vaccinations! and good job keeping the un vaccinated dog away from her.

Check out Ian Dunbar's SIRIUS puppy training. Though the puppies in that video are a bit older it is an amazing and simple way to teach your puppy basic manners and all kinds of other great stuff especially regarding bite inhibition which is a big one since the pup missed out on learning that from the mama dog. Very important!!!

Lets see a picture!
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:04 PM
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Thanks for the advice everyone! I have a vet appt. scheduled for her next week. Here are some pics of the little girl:









And this is her mom:
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