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Old 05-05-2013, 11:20 PM
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I have a five week old German shepherd. My aunts dog had a litter of puppies and this past Thursday she and the five other puppies went missing. I guess the lady puppy wondered away from mom that night. I want to know all I should to take care of her. I need to know how to socialize her and make sure she gets to stay healthy. Any advice will help!
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Pups arent ready to be removed from thier mother at that age till 8 weeks old as they learn certain behaviours from the mum and probably arent eating solids yet and will still need mothers milk. Sounds like you will need to bottle feed her for awhile until starts going on solids around 6 weeks onwards.

As for socalising the pup its not a good idea until had all 3 vaccinations when its had all three you can then go to puppy preschool and start socialising and walking her.
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The longer they can be with their mother the better,that being said, sometimes circumstances are such that you can't have the pup with mom.
When I got my old cocker Shadow he was only 5.5 weeks old, poor little soul and had been dumped at a store. I brought him home and he was the most wonderful companion you could ever want, however, he always did have separation anxiety to a certain extent. I always thought that it was because he was abandoned at a young age.
Amazingly, he would eat puppy kibble no problem and grew up nicely.

Good Luck with your new puppy! Don't bring him out in the public for awhile...he's is too young and there are a lot of bad diseases out there for little guys.
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Discuss this with your vet. Your puppy may not have received normal "puppy" immunity from her mom, so the typical advice of disease risk vs socialization may not apply. Also, you may need to alter her vaccine schedule and socialization opportunities based on your specific situation.

Additionally, disease risk is different depending on your area - some places have a higher percentage of vaccinated dogs which tends to keep disease rates low, other places have a greater incidence of disease. Your vet will know what diseases are prevalent in your area.

Your vet will be able to advise you based on your specific situation.

Still, there are things you can do like exposing her to various types of people (including children), surfaces, noises, and handling. Typically it is safe for puppies to interact with healthy, well-mannered, vaccinated dogs, but discuss your situation with your vet.

AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization
ASPCA Puppy Socialization
Sophia Yin Socialization Checklist

Puppy Developmental Stages
(starts at birth, so it might give you some ideas since your pup is so young)
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Yes, yes, yes to all the above. Your vet will be a great source of information. I got my pup a bit early too at only 6 weeks old. Right now you can focus on getting her used to safe areas and things such as your house/rooms where you choose to keep her, her crate, other people, different floor surfaces, being held, different household noises (dishwasher, laundry, music, garbage disposal etc) safe parts of the yard, wearing a collar (start for just a few minutes a day) etc.

She will be sleeping a LOT, so just do short stints and make sure you set up for success by keeping everything under control, positive and SAFE. She will gain more and more confidence and you will be on your way towards getting her socialized.

Best of luck and she must be an absolute cutie pie!!!
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She's barely weened at this age and too young to put with adult dogs.

Keep her safe and healthy until she is a few weeks older, then get her into a positive-based puppy socialization class, and go weekly at least.

Also, when she is a bit older (at least 8 weeks) you can let her play with other healthy, young puppies, in a clean environment (that means your own clean yard, not a dog park or city street.)

Make sure she sees lots of FRIENDLY puppies and dogs for her first year at least. Monitor play so she does not have bad experiences. Choose playmates who you know (don't go to the dog park where anything can happen!).

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