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Old 02-13-2013, 03:24 PM
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New Puppy Coming- Need Advice

I need some advice! I have a 7 year old Female Jack Russell Terrier (Tess) she is treated like a little queen in my house (i know not great on our part), I am getting a 7 week old Jack Russell/Daschund Mix on Friday (Male)...

I'm wondering when we leave them alone, I normally leave Tess gated to the kitchen area, with her bed and food/water bowls. With the puppy I plan to crate him at night, but when we leave him during the day with Tess. I was planning on putting the crate in the kitchen with her, but should I leave the crate door open so if they choose to snuggle or interact they can, or should I keep him closed off with the door closed?

Any advice? Also I have never had a puppy so young before, 7 weeks? Anything I should know or be aware of food or care wise?
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That's way too young.... Im assuming he's from a backyard breeder or is a rescue letting them go that young?

I certainly wouldn't leave them alone together for awhile as you don't know how they will get along.
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Old 02-13-2013, 05:53 PM
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maybe crate him outside the baby gate? Just until he's older and you know how they will get along.

Bite inhibition is really important at his age, there's some really great ways to make sure he learns not to bite too hard. If he's biting your hand or something, say "ouch" act hurt and turn away and ignore him until he calms down a bit. Then resume play or whatever. Or redirect to toys.

Even though 7 weeks is young, the only reason a puppy would stay with it's mother until 8 weeks+ is bite inhibition/manners that a mother would teach. If they are eating hard food, it's not too ridiculous. Bigger breed dogs (mostly giant) sometimes get separated from their mothers around 6 weeks because they will try to suckle and hurt the mom. 6-8 weeks are when they learn their manners essentially, but there are other ways to teach them if there isn't a mother present.

Also, I know that the humane society lets puppies/kittens go at 6 weeks sometimes. So, it's not unheard of.
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Even though 7 weeks is young, the only reason a puppy would stay with it's mother until 8 weeks+ is bite inhibition/manners that a mother would teach.
Not quite, AG. The puppies learn a lot from their littermates as well. And if larger breeds are separated early from their mothers, responsible breeders aren't very well sending them home at that point--they should be kept with their littermates to continue learning bite inhibition, social skills, and about their environment amongst the safety of each other. As far as shelters letting them go that early--well, I wouldn't be very supportive of such practices, unless each pup had no littermates or mother available. It works against pet retention goals to separate them from their littermates/mother early since they'll miss out on key socialization/learning and increases the chance of behavioral issues later.

OP, I'll second that seven weeks is too young to be leaving mother or littermates. Where are you getting this pup from? You should ask them to keep the pup and any littermates until they are older. Even 8-9 weeks would be better (a week for a puppy does allow for a lot of development/learning), but really, please try to aim for 10-12 if they are doing a decent job raising/taking care of the pups. This will benefit your dog in the long run.

Definitely, do not leave them together unsupervised. Get an expen, use a puppy proof room, or crate the pup. When you can be 100% confident the adult will not react or get aggressive to any of the pups' antics, then, and only then would I even consider it. Aside from potential hazards of leaving the adult with the pup, that plan will also make it very hard to house train your pup.

Other than that, two books that are very helpful to new puppy parents are The Puppy Primer by Pat McConnell and Before & After Getting your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar.

Make sure you are prepped with all the puppy supplies, have figured out how to allot enough time throughout the day/night for it, and have a plan of attack for training before he arrives (again, those books will help).

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In a lot of places, it is illegal to take a puppy away from its mother and litter until 8 weeks.

I guess it could be a case of orphan rescue puppies? Hopefully...
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Well, regardless of the puppies age it's off topic. We should probably stick to just answering the OP's questions and not talking about the age of the puppy.

With having multiple dogs, and such an age gap between the two you might want to consider the routine of crate, gate, rotate. I personally don't do this, but I am home pretty much 100% of the time. It's where you keep one in a crate (new puppy), and the older one in her gated area, but maybe put the puppies crate outside the gate so they can see each other and everything. Also, you're older dog may try to "mother" the puppy. Just watch her when/if she does this. If she has never had a litter before, she could experiment with different things like laying on the puppy, which could smother him.

Rhea did this with Flynn. She would lay on her and rub her face all over Flynn, as well as laying next to her all curled around her. It was very cute, but we definitely had to pay attention so she didn't squish Flynn. Flynn was about 5 lbs at the time, and Rhea is 50lbs haha.

Also, as the puppy gets older, your older dog may not put up with as much. So just supervise them. When Flynn was younger, her and Rhea would chew the same bone, Rhea would bite off pieces of treats for Flynn to chew, etc. Now she gets mad at her sometimes and will growl at Flynn if she tries to take the bone away. Flynn is 14 weeks now, so she is getting away with much less. (Not in a bad way, and there is no resource guarding issues, Rhea just likes space sometimes).

Also, make sure your puppy meets other dogs. You want to make sure he gets socialized really well since he's so young. Petsmart, vet office (this works well for us since the give puppies shots every 2 weeks until they are 16 weeks here, so we're there quite often), or even maybe some of the neighbors if they have dogs. We also have a ton of kids in the neighborhood and always let them pet Rhea and Flynn and make them sit to be petted. This teaches your puppy manners and lets them interact with tons of people. Plus the kids just love them. haha.

Just some ideas for you hope it helps.
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