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This is a discussion on Loeki's here! within the Puppy Help forums, part of the Dog Training and Behavior category; He'll be 7 weeks tommorow. But yes, he was taken too early. I felt really bad. I wasn't supposed to get him until this weekend, ...

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Old 09-28-2010, 06:01 PM
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He'll be 7 weeks tommorow. But yes, he was taken too early. I felt really bad. I wasn't supposed to get him until this weekend, which would be 7 1/2 weeks.

I hope you guys don't think badly of me of taking him too young..
There were three other people who would have taken him that day if we didn't.
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Sounds like shady bybs they should know to keep till 10 to 12 weeks and not be in a rush to get rid of them like that
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Well they were waiting for 8-10 weeks only if the dog was going to a ranch. They said the vet advised them to adopt them out anytime past their shots. :/ Which were last week.
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*shrugs* not sure why it mattered if they went to a ranch or not. Anywho you gotta play the role of mom now especially with bite inhibition. We are here to help give tips
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Yeah, he's been doing well with biting. I let him mouth me gently when we play, but if I yelp and pull my hand away he immediately looks up at me and I can tell he checks himself before he bites again.

I don't know why it mattered, either. I'm just hoping I can give him a good home and I'm at this forum so I can do the best job I can.
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Oh yes, I'm very excited. I can't wait till I can do more with him. Take him to the park, do agility, etc. But that'll come much later. Right now all I can really do is sit in my backyard and wrestle with him
That'll indeed be lots of fun! A friend of mine has a BC, and has trained her to do all sorts of cool things, including turning off the alarm clock!

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Another problem I've been having is that he's not really responding well to training (not hardcore training, ha. I'm just trying to teach him click=treat right now) He'll eat the first few bites, and then he'll start whimpering and turn away. Maybe he doesn't like the food..? I really hope he's food-motivated later.. I don't know how to train a non-food motivated dog.
Well, its only been a couple of days, so he's not really "himself" yet. Maybe just keep it to 2 or 3 click/treats right now. Keep it easy and positive and no pressure for a while. He's prolly feeling pretty overwhelmed still with his new life. Its fantastic you are doing this positive training with him tho! It may turn out he is toy motivated too.

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I'm trying to get some rest, but the boy won't let me haha. Sucks being sick and having a demanding puppy. I'm exhausted, but he wont sleeeeep xD
Yeah, being a parent is hard work! You will be fine. He'll flop down soon and be tired. One thing about puppies, they usually have two main gears: full speed and sleep, with not much transition between.

Hopefully you can get some rest tonight, maybe get another day off from school tomorrow. The "good" thing about being sick, is you get to be home with pup anyway. Quite a nice consolation prize. The day we brought our girl home (in my avatar) I really wanted some "pupperternity leave", but alas, they don't give that for my job!

Feel better!
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I'm just hoping I can give him a good home and I'm at this forum so I can do the best job I can.
Yes, we know that for sure! No one thinks bad of you because your folks jumped the gun a little. 7 weeks tomorrow is a little older than I thought anyway... just a few days early. I'm very happy tonight that by all accounts he is healthy at this time. I was a wee bit worried earlier today, about the unexplained whining and such, but it sounds like that is more about being lonely for his sibs or wanting to play with you.

You are doing just great with the little one! Its clear you have read a LOT about raising puppies! We are here to help.

Can't wait for more pictures! or even videos if you can do that!

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Of course videos as soon as I can. I want to document as much of his short puppy life as I can.

I'm really in awe of his potty training. One TINY accident (a dribble, because nobody got to him in time when he was whining in my room) but he's actually going to our back door and whining when he needs out for potty. I'm so impressed, I hope it continues this way! I hear potty training usually takes a long time.
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Interesting you should mention 12 weeks. That's the age we got our Tessa. (and I was worried it was late to get her, and she might have trouble bonding, but that turned out to be a silly worry!) She flew halfway across the country, apparently with no ill effect. Josey came to us just shy of 8 weeks, and we drove 12 hours to collect him, rode home on the lap the whole way. Not sure there has been any difference in the outcome. If anything, Tessa is the more emotionally stable, despite the possibly traumatic plane ride. In any case, I can't quite figure out the recommendations, that seem to range from 7 weeks to 12 weeks for adoption. Maybe it all depends on the breed and individual?
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Of course videos as soon as I can. I want to document as much of his short puppy life as I can.

I'm really in awe of his potty training. One TINY accident (a dribble, because nobody got to him in time when he was whining in my room) but he's actually going to our back door and whining when he needs out for potty. I'm so impressed, I hope it continues this way! I hear potty training usually takes a long time.
That IS truly impressive! It usually takes a couple of weeks at least, until they can actually tell you they need out. Your boy is very smart! Hey, he's a border collie, no wonder! No worries if he has some confusion some time about it though... might happen.

You are going to have a blast with this little fella! Sounds like he is starting to figure things out around his new home.

Hope you get a good night's sleep. The best thing you can do for him, is to take care of yourself, so you maintain your patience and sense of wonder about all this. Parenting is a marathon... gotta pace yourself!

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