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I'm posting this for my sister. I'm actually waiting for my adopted puppy, but she won't be ready for another 2 weeks.

Anyway, my sister got a puppy yesterday from a person on Craigslist. The puppy is only 6 weeks old :(. I'm pretty upset with her, but there's no going back now. I originally told her to contact the person she got the puppy from and ask if she can bring him back to be with his mom for at least 2 more weeks but the guy says no and that the other puppies have already been picked up by their new owners.

So she's kind of stuck. She's wondering what to feed the puppy. I gave her some soft wellness food and wellness kibble that I had for my new puppy. Is that ok for him to be eating at this age? Should he be getting milk as well? How often should she be feeding him? Does he need to go to the vet immediately? She's scared that if she goes to the vet and tells him that the puppy is only 6 weeks he'll report her for owning a dog that young (idk where she got that from, but I'm asking just in case). She was planning on waiting 2 weeks until the pup was 8 weeks and taking him when I took my new little girl (Bailey).

Can someone please help? I feel awful for her. She really is an animal lover, but she slipped up. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I've been reading this forum for about a week and can't wait to start using it when I bring my Bailey home.

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Wellness wet and dry food is fine for the puppy. If he does have trouble with the dry food she can soak it in a bit of warm water till it's soft enough to chew. He doesn't need milk or anything.

I would feed him 4 times a day just a little bit each time. Then when he gets to 8 weeks she can go to 3 times a day.

I would take the puppy in and get him wormed and his first set of shots, but she should carry him. I've never heard of anyone getting in trouble for having a puppy that young.

Congrats on your new additions. :)

I would also advise her to start watching kikopups channel on youtube since it will be up to her train him things that he would have learned from his mom and siblings.
 

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Thank you. The person she got the dog from said he already dewormed him and gave him his first set of shots, but obviously I'm not sure if that's 100% true.

One more question, can she take him on walks around the neighborhood or should she wait until he has all his vaccines? She wanted to take him to the dog park down the street from her but I told her absolutely not. The dog park is REALLY busy all the time and I don't think it's a good place for a 6 week old puppy. I'm letting her use all the kong toys I got my dog and gave her a bag of my training treats. We've been reading a lot of training books (we almost felt like we were pregnant together lol :p). She was suppose to wait for another 2 weeks and get a puppy around the same time I got mine, but she just couldn't wait :eyeroll:.

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Pup is too young for "walks around the neighborhood" as he won't have stamina for that anyway.

In terms of disease, she wants to be careful not to expose pup to areas where unvaccinated dogs might have used as a toilet.
That means she can take the pup to visit with healthy, vaccinated dogs that she knows are friendly and gentle to puppies (its really important to know this so puppy does not get scared or hurt), and she can have friends over with their dogs who are also healthy and vaccinated.
She should not take pup to public places like dog parks, or around town, or rest areas along the highway. Private homes and private yards (where there are no strays) are reasonably safe.

Because pup is missing vital socialization time with his litter, this socialization is really important.
BUT she should wait a couple of weeks until the puppy is bigger. He really is an absolute infant right now at 6 weeks.

Here's the best puppy book I know. Get it for your sister and one for yourself too!
Amazon.com: puppy primer
 

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No going anywhere public until all sets of shots are complete; that's why Esme mentions to carry the pup to the vet (or anywhere outside).

Will the pup have your pup to play with? I guess that's the one good thing in the situation; at least her pup will have another pup to help with socialization and bite inhibition, although it sounds like the pup will be alone for 2 weeks.

I'm also wondering if she already paid for the puppy? That's the only reason I could think there would be "no going back," and even then, I'm sure you've already told her she's probably buying from a BYB if they are letting the pups go this early. :( Could you convince her to ask for her money back?
 

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If she was told he already got his shots and was wormed once she could wait another 2 weeks to take him in to the vet, but that's really gonna be up to her.

I would not take him for walks until he's had atleast 2 sets of shots and even then it would still be risky since you don't know whether other dogs that used that are were vaccinated. She could carry if she is really just wanting to socialize him. But no interaction with other dogs that she doesn't know.
It's great you both have been reading up on training it will really help. :) Your Welcome
 

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Also, it would be really smart of your sister to get involved with a Positive Puppy class, or some sort of play group with other puppies, so pup gets that crucial time with other puppies. This helps puppies learn "dog language" and also "bite inhibition"... well you probably already know all this as you were aware that 6 weeks is a bit young... but anyway, in case that helps...
 

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Yes, when I bring Bailey home, they will play together. I think she is worried about socializing her puppy. Obviously she doesn't want him getting sick, but she also wants to make sure he's getting everything he needs training wise (that she can do anyway).

She's already paid for the puppy so there really is no going back. The guy was so nice until after she took the puppy home, now he's not even interested in hearing from her. There's no doubt he's a backyard breeder.

So at 8 weeks she could start taking him for short walks? She has a big backyard (as do I) so he can run around in her yard or in mine when they come over. Do I need to prep my yard? I'm not sure if you can sanitize a yard, but I just want to help, plus with Bailey coming home in a couple of weeks it wouldn't be a bad thing.

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I'm also wondering if she already paid for the puppy? That's the only reason I could think there would be "no going back," and even then, I'm sure you've already told her she's probably buying from a BYB if they are letting the pups go this early. :( Could you convince her to ask for her money back?
I can imagine it would be impossible to give the puppy back tho'.... I mean, I was in love with each of my puppies before I even met them (just a pic is all I needed) It would have been impossible to give a puppy back once I held him/her. Gosh, even now, I wouldn't give up either of my dogs for a million dollars... or a billion! I mean they are priceless!

I'm just sayin' ... that line of inquiry may be a non-starter. ;)

Hey, let your sister know she'd be welcome here on the forum too. There is a ton of helpful puppy advice here! :)
 

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Tell your sister she does not need to rush! Puppy is VERY young... like a 6 month old baby. So let him grow up a little! Definitely NO DOG PARK! That's a recipe for not just diseases, but very frightening, perhaps even traumatic experiences for puppy.
Not all dogs are nice to puppies, some may even attack a puppy. Not trying to scare you, but you just don't want to toss puppy into the mix and think it will be a good plan.

Keep the socializing to known, friendly, gentle dogs, and to other puppies. Monitor the interactions.

As far as your yard goes, so long as there has not been a parvo-infected puppy there in the last few years, or other sick or stray dogs, and you have a fence to keep out other dogs, you should be fine. Sunshine is the great sanitizer. ;)
 

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As far as "walks" go, let the puppy dictate the pace. Most young puppies, even 8 to 10 weeks, don't want to go far from the house and other familiar areas. As pup gets older, he'll get more curious and adventurous. Don't push him as you don't want to scare him early on. Young puppies are happy to play in their yards and honestly that will be enough exercise for a while!
2 month old puppy is like a toddler. Have you ever tried to go from A to B with a toddler? ;)
They grow up fast enough... no reason to hurry the process! :)
 

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Get the Puppy Primer. That's the BEST thing you can do for both your puppies! Its a very quick read and has such a nice, positive tone. You'll love it! And it will help you understand your puppies and how to raise them to be happy and well adjusted. Seriously. I cannot recommend that book enough! :)

And hang out with us here too. We LOVE puppies!
 

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If sister's pup does not play with another puppy until your puppy comes home, that will be OK. He'll catch up on his socialization. It's a tremendous advantage that they will have each other frequently. That in itself should solve most of the bite inhibition issue, and a portion of the socialization too, although as the puppies grow up, you'll want them to meet some other dogs too.

OK, I'm getting off this thread and taking my dogs for a walk now!
Keep us posted please!


PS: Puppies are my personal favorite topic. Of those 2K plus posts, probably half are about puppies! So feel free to ask more questions!
 

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Thanks Tess. My sis doesn't have a computer, but when she comes over (which is frequently) she uses mine.

I just ordered that book, so I'll let her read it first and then I'll read it.

Thank you all sooo much. You're making this so much easier. Now I'm really excited to get my little girl and ask tons of questions lol.
 

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Be sure to post pics :)
 

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Youve gotten great advice already. I just want to chime in that ime a 5or 6 week old puppy is pretty much the same care as an 8 week old


I personally like getting them younger. Little sponges they are. It is critical tho that they have ADULT dogs to interact with. A puppy playmate helps but they need mature playmates to teach them manners :)
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Youve gotten great advice already. I just want to chime in that ime a 5or 6 week old puppy is pretty much the same care as an 8 week old


I personally like getting them younger. Little sponges they are. It is critical tho that they have ADULT dogs to interact with. A puppy playmate helps but they need mature playmates to teach them manners :)
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Hi Crio, that's great advice. What do you mean in terms of 5 to 8 weeks being similar? Are you saying their needs are pretty similar? I would agree with that... babies all of them pretty much. The differences I find (and it may be more so with larger breed pups) is that their stamina increases, as well as coordination, and also their senses get better, especially eyesight. Also attention span gets better, although as you know the breeds I am most familiar with... hunting breeds, are pretty much ADHD in the first place! ;)
 

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Hi Crio, that's great advice. What do you mean in terms of 5 to 8 weeks being similar? Are you saying their needs are pretty similar? I would agree with that... babies all of them pretty much. The differences I find (and it may be more so with larger breed pups) is that their stamina increases, as well as coordination, and also their senses get better, especially eyesight. Also attention span gets better, although as you know the breeds I am most familiar with... hunting breeds, are pretty much ADHD in the first place! ;)
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Yes i mean care wise. Same amount of potty breaks, only a hair more sleep and same food. Ive not had to water down or give canned food to these guys or chili. :)

Honestly attentionwise for training i see no difference. I started these guys training pretty much on day one (aprox 5 weeks) and i started chili at 7 weeks (after two weeks of zero training) and the younger guys caught on just as fast if not faster. They started offering behaviors also

So from my perspective, since i do have adult dogs in the home to "raise" the dog. I see no issue getting a just weaned or so puppy. I dont recommend if for others without experience training or other dogs to help :)
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Yes i mean care wise. Same amount of potty breaks, only a hair more sleep and same food. Ive not had to water down or give canned food to these guys or chili. :)

Honestly attentionwise for training i see no difference. I started these guys training pretty much on day one (aprox 5 weeks) and i started chili at 7 weeks (after two weeks of zero training) and the younger guys caught on just as fast if not faster. They started offering behaviors also

So from my perspective, since i do have adult dogs in the home to "raise" the dog. I see no issue getting a just weaned or so puppy. I dont recommend if for others without experience training or other dogs to help :)
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Thanks Crio, that's really helpful for me to read and learn. I have not had the situation of a 5 week old pup along with adult dogs so that is good to know that is an acceptable alternative if the puppy was separated young from the Mum. (actually the youngest pup I've had was 7 weeks, but I've handled/seen them from birth onwards... I agree, they are pretty capable around 5 or 6 weeks... alligator teeth already and everything!)

Of course your puppies are like children in Lake Wobegone... they are all above average! So I'm not surprised they caught on so fast. I suspect that has a wee bit to do with the cleverness of the trainer though!
 

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Thanks Crio, that's really helpful for me to read and learn. I have not had the situation of a 5 week old pup along with adult dogs so that is good to know that is an acceptable alternative if the puppy was separated young from the Mum. (actually the youngest pup I've had was 7 weeks, but I've handled/seen them from birth onwards... I agree, they are pretty capable around 5 or 6 weeks... alligator teeth already and everything!)

Of course your puppies are like children in Lake Wobegone... they are all above average! So I'm not surprised they caught on so fast. I suspect that has a wee bit to do with the cleverness of the trainer though!

Yes, once again, to clarify for anyone else reading, I don't recommend it...BUT I do personally feel a puppy can be separated younger than 8 weeks, and provided its socialized with other dogs, I think they develop just fine...I don't think its the end of the world...unless the dog is isolated from other dogs.

I've been lucky, these three have no alligator teeth. Very soft and not mouthy at all.

Don't let them fool you, their driving me down and driving me batty, but thats from my lackings, not theirs ;)



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