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Old 09-26-2010, 11:18 PM
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Loeki's here!

My family decided to surprise me and got me my puppy a week early! he's sooooo cute.

But I have some questions.

Keep in mind it IS late and I'm probably worrying too much, but are puppies supposed to be so sleepy? He doesn't move around much, or stand. He lays down all the time and just kind of crawls. He's 6 weeks. He was running outside when I took him to pee, but that's all. He doesn't seem very active for a Border Collie. He didn't whine at all when I put him to sleep. The breeders didn't even give us a piece of blanket with his mom's scent.

Is this normal? o.O
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Old 09-26-2010, 11:21 PM
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If he isn't perked up tomorrow take him to the vet. Lethargy in puppies can mean a lot of bad things.
Six weeks is too young for him to be away from mom and his litter I know what's done is done but you'll need to keep it in mind while raising him.
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I know it is. I was upset, too. I kept telling them. But if I didn't take him now, he had 3 other offers who would have.

I'll keep that in mind, thanks.

He was playing with my hand, earlier.
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OK I have another question.

I just took him out to pee, and when he came back we went back to bed. He licked himself for like 10 minutes, then started whimpering while still licking himself. Then he was biting on his leg, and licking his inner thigh. I have the vet report from last week saying he's healthy.. is he just itchy or is he maybe in pain? |:
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Puppies that age need a LOT of sleep, no matter the breed. Let him rest as much as he wants. Keep him warm too. He is really an "infant" at 6 weeks, so don't expect much out of him yet. He is old enough to walk/scamper, but will be clumsy still and will tire out after just a few minutes of play.

I would definitely get him started with your regular vet as soon as you can, sooner if he does not seem "right" to you. They are so fragile at this age. One "rule of thumb" is pup goes to the new owner's vet within 3 days of being adopted. Even if the other vet gave him a clean bill of health, changing homes is very stressful on little ones, so they can come down with illnesses more easily.


PS... sounds itchy to me, but yes, ask the vet. Itchy can be nothing, or can be an early sign of something like food allergies or fleas or demodex.
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Thanks so much, Tess. I'll see if he's just stressed maybe first, and if things don't improve, I'll take him to a vet right away.

My poor boy. I hope he's OK.

His 'lethargy' is getting better. We took him outside to play, and he chased us and had fun. He also devoured one of the puppy kong stuffing bones. But inside the house he's still really timid, and wont walk at all. he just lays there and stares at us.

Oh, and he was raised outside. Him and his littermates had never seen the inside of a house before, so I can see why he'd be nervous. I'll have to spend time making him comfortable here.

Left him while I went to school, and he was amazing says my sister. He stayed in my room and slept (no kennel yet, we're buying one today) and only whined a few times. No accidents at all, and he's gone outside about 6 times since we got him.
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Thanks so much, Tess. I'll see if he's just stressed maybe first, and if things don't improve, I'll take him to a vet right away.

My poor boy. I hope he's OK.

His 'lethargy' is getting better. We took him outside to play, and he chased us and had fun. He also devoured one of the puppy kong stuffing bones. But inside the house he's still really timid, and wont walk at all. he just lays there and stares at us.

Oh, and he was raised outside. Him and his littermates had never seen the inside of a house before, so I can see why he'd be nervous. I'll have to spend time making him comfortable here.

Left him while I went to school, and he was amazing says my sister. He stayed in my room and slept (no kennel yet, we're buying one today) and only whined a few times. No accidents at all, and he's gone outside about 6 times since we got him.
All you describe sounds very normal for a 6 week old pup in a new home. Often a pup is a little ill at ease in his new environment for a few days. He'll come around. If the inside of a house is also different for him, that's more "new" for him. And being separated from his littermates is a huge adjustment. All of that is very tiring, on top of being a growing baby. I'm not surprised he is acting somewhat overwhelmed and almost in a stupor in the house.

Let him rest as much as he wants to. Make sure you don't over-stimulate him when you get home from school, and get him really tired. Over-tired pups are more vulnerable to getting sick. He will appreciate cuddle time, as well as play time. The more contact he can have with you the better. So naps in the lap are a great plan for all! After his little run abouts upon your return from school you can hold him on your lap and have a toy for him to chew on, so he gets used to chewing on a toy rather than your hand.

Enjoy your little boy. He is soooo adorable! This very young baby stage does not last very long.... much more adventure to follow!

BTW, how is he sleeping at night? Is he in your room with you? I would suggest that is a very good idea. Its good to prevent him from being too lonely. Having left his family at a young age, he needs extra TLC right now.

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He's had no accidents so far, so we haven't gotten him a crate (200$ later, turns out we forgot when we went puppy shopping LOL) and he sleeps in my room. We have a bed for him that we can transfer from the living room to my room, to the kitchen when we eat, just because when he's alone right now he whines very loudly. (though he does well when I'm at school for 7 hours. What a weirdo)

So he sleeps in my bed in his bed, actually. He never fusses at night. He cuddles right next to me with his head as close as he can without getting out of his bed and sleeps well through the night without any accidents. He's even starting to let us know when he wants outside by walking to the door and whimpering.

The thing that worries me is he hasn't gone poop yet since he got here.. but we've fed him 3 meals so far (Small meals, he's got to get used to his dish before he'll eat too much) But he doesn't seem to be in any discomfort.

And the only time he seems really anxious is when he's not stimulated. We have a puppy kong which he loves, he LOVES icecubes (I went through 6 today!) and he loves his three stuffed animal toys and cuddles them all the time. But when he's NOT cuddling them, not being fed, not sleeping, and not being petted he seems to remember that he's away from his family and he'll just whimper and whimper.

We took him to petsmart today to get a collar. The adorable little guy has an AMAZING instinct to follow me. He was right at my heels the entire time, and when I stopped, he stopped. if I ran, he'd gallop after me and stop and sit at my heel. I was in AWE. Everyone kept asking how old he was and was surprised he's only 6 weeks. And when we got home I tried opening the door for him and letting him through and he seemed so confused. I made my mom go through and call him and he still looked anxious, but as soon as I had someone else open the door and I ran through he galloped after me. I love that in 24 hours we've seemed to really bond.

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