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Old 09-11-2012, 04:05 AM
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Need help with very young puppy.

So, I just brought home the most precious, wonderful 6-week-old puppy. Now, I was not aware of the 8-week rule prior to purchasing her and I know the fault there is mine. Having said that, I did confirm with the breeder that she is on a mix of wet and dry puppy food and she appears to be very social. I can't take her back and am looking for any and all advice as to how to best raise her from this point on. Any tips on socialization and whatnot would be incredibly helpful.

I live alone but my boyfriend has a 4-year-old Golden Retriever mix who is wonderful with puppies. They've already met and he adores her so at least she has another dog she can be with on occasion. Another major concern of mine is that she's very, very tiny. She's a Yorkshire Terrier/Chihuahua mix, maybe 2lbs soaking wet. She won't get too much bigger but size is still a major issue right now. I realize now that I should have asked the people I got her from to hold her for another two weeks, and I feel foolish about that, but I would seriously appreciate any help this forum may be able to provide.

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The thing to work on as she grows up is called "bite inhibition". She can learn this easiest from other puppies if you can find some for her to play with regularly. Do a site search here or you tube for "Ian Dunbar bite inhibition" to learn how to teach this yourself.

Yes, get her with FRIENDLY gentle dogs when you can. She's a wee thing, so be observant and if she seems overwhelmed or in danger, just remove her. I'd wait a couple of weeks to put her with adult dogs, as she is still very delicate and won't have much muscle tone yet to protect her internal organs during play and not much coordination either. Now if your friend's golden has done fine with her then let them visit. Just make sure play does not get too rough. One large paw on a tiny puppy could cause injury.
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How much does she weight now? At 6 weeks on average if you take that weight and double it...then double that weight it will give you good guess at their adult weight..

Since she is so young I would only let her interact with the golden for now. Also be sure not to coddle or baby her. Chihuahuas and Yorkies can become major fear biters if they are treated like they will break. What I mean is unless you hurt her do not go Ooooh poor baby...If she gets scared just say it is okay..again do not do the poor baby routine. I have a chihuahua here right now that the owner coddled. I patted her hinny while I was holding her and stiffened up like I was beating her.

Be sure to feed her at least 3 times a day. Small breeds are prone to hypoglycemic episodes. So making sure she has plenty of sugar in her system will help prevent that.
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The thing to work on as she grows up is called "bite inhibition". She can learn this easiest from other puppies if you can find some for her to play with regularly. Do a site search here or you tube for "Ian Dunbar bite inhibition" to learn how to teach this yourself.

Thanks so much for thhe recommendation on bite inhibition! This is something I was very worried about as she's still doing a lot of teething but I don't want to encourage her to seek out friendly fingers. I read a few articles listed when I searched your reccomendation and they had some excellent pointers! I got her the teeniest tiniest toy Kong and when we start to play, if she nibbles my fingers I quickly swap them for the Kong and encourge her to go with that instead. She's a little young yet to understand thhe "Ow! That hurts!" and then backing off of playtime bit but I'm trying to do that too just to get her used to it.

Thanks for the socialization tips too! I really appreciate it!
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How much does she weight now? At 6 weeks on average if you take that weight and double it...then double that weight it will give you good guess at their adult weight..

[] Also be sure not to coddle or baby her. Chihuahuas and Yorkies can become major fear biters if they are treated like they will break. []

[]Be sure to feed her at least 3 times a day. Small breeds are prone to hypoglycemic episodes. So making sure she has plenty of sugar in her system will help prevent that.
At her vet visit today we discovered that little miss Pancake weighs a whole honking pound! As in singular, haha. So if your rule is true I'm looking forward to and itty bitty 4 lb toy puplet.

I am trying to be very careful to treat her as I would a larger dog. I admit I had a moment of weakness around 5 this morning when she wouldn't stop crying or go to sleep unless I held her. However I'm optimistic about tonight as I've discovered how to best tucker her out and what her sleep schedule is like. Her new crate - equally tiny - is also much more comfrotable now tht it's outfitted with one of my sweaty tee shirts and a stuffed animal to snuggle with.

The vet recommended that I feed her every two hours, so I'm currently trying to finagle a way to do that with an 8-hour workday. I'm hoping my boss will be understanding and let me stash her in the breakroom in her crate to ensure she doesn't crash as I don't know anyone who can come and feed her twice while I'm working. :/

Thank you as well for all of your wonderful tips! I'm still very tired and a little panicky but all the tips and tricks are making me feel more and more like maybe I can be a great dogmom after all. Thanks again!
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Be sure to put one of your dirty shirts in the kennel with her. You can also put a portable clock to simulate a heartbeat..I usually place it under a stuffed animal covered in my shirt.. Makes them feel less alone..and they can snuggle your scent..Congrats on the new kiddo..
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Thanks so much for thhe recommendation on bite inhibition! This is something I was very worried about as she's still doing a lot of teething but I don't want to encourage her to seek out friendly fingers. I read a few articles listed when I searched your reccomendation and they had some excellent pointers! I got her the teeniest tiniest toy Kong and when we start to play, if she nibbles my fingers I quickly swap them for the Kong and encourge her to go with that instead. She's a little young yet to understand thhe "Ow! That hurts!" and then backing off of playtime bit but I'm trying to do that too just to get her used to it.

Thanks for the socialization tips too! I really appreciate it!
She is not to young to understand the ow!, but it should be a yipe like she heard from her siblings. The best age is 12 weeks and that was not a breeder you bought the dog from. Breeders don't mix breeds together. The mother dog when given the chance will teach important things like potty training and bite inhibition here are couple of great videos to help you teach these things.
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