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Treat a puppy like a puppy?

JustinB
February 4th, 2006, 07:11 PM
Good day to you all.

I am the proud dad of a 6 1/2 week German shepherd/boxer mix. This is my first pup and I am stressing myself because I want to raise this pooch right and I'm afraid to make mistakes, which may cause trouble when he's older.

Let me start by saying that I have found this website to be an encyclopedia of knowledge. Everyone that contributes with information and past experiences is an immeasurable asset to those of us going through the scary task of trying to properly raise our fury friends as best we can. I don't know how to treat my pup, I want him to grow up to be loyal, smart, and healthy.

He likes to sleep on my lap if I am on my computer. So I let him but should I coddle him? I just want to have fun with him, but worry that's not for the best.

He always wants to be beside me, under me and gets angry if he can't see me. Will he just grow out of this? Should I let him follow me everywhere and always be underfoot?

I am stressing so much over this pooch because I want to do the right thing for him as a puppy but want also worry so much about the consequences of what happens today.

How do you guys treat your pups so they grow up properly? Some people don't even seem to put effort in and do everything the experts say not to do ( play fight, hit them on the nose, improper food..ect) and still get well behaved dogs.

Although I've read hours worth of information from this website and others, and trying to put it to use the best I can. I still worry. Maybe I expect to much from my pup, because it seems like I have to treat him like a adult but he's just a baby.

Does anyone else know what I am talking about here, or am I the lunatic in the bell tower?

BMDLuver
February 4th, 2006, 07:17 PM
The pup is only 6.5 weeks so it should not have left it's mother nor it's littermates. I'm wondering where you came by this pup? That's a whole separate matter.

Treat the pup like a newborn baby.. give it love, give it warmth and let it be a baby until at least 10 weeks of age. Allow it to eat about 6 times per day. Make sure it has plenty of water and healthy food. Start the pup on a worming program if it has not already been started. The pup will be most comfortable sleeping against you as it can feel your heartbeat and that will make it very content and secure.

From 12 weeks onward, once the pup has had 2 rounds of vaccinations under it's belt, start socialising the pup with other dogs. Socialisation will be very important for your pup as it does not have it's littermates to learn from.

Welcome to the board btw! Pictures please.

JustinB
February 4th, 2006, 08:45 PM
My little guy I picked up from the SPCA, so I didn't think twice when they said he was old enough to go.

Here is my handsom guy.

http://lokipuppy.freespaces.com/5.jpg

http://lokipuppy.freespaces.com/4.jpg

Thanks for the advice.

jesse's mommy
February 4th, 2006, 08:49 PM
He is so cute. Give him tons of love. Keep hugging and cuddling him and please post more pictures!

Lucky Rescue
February 4th, 2006, 09:34 PM
Awwwww - he's so cute!!

As advised, make sure you socialize him like nuts as soon as he's finished his vaccinations.

Try and find tolerant and kind older dogs to teach him how to be a doggie, and if you can get him into puppy kindergarten.

The more people and dogs of all ages and sizes that he meets and has positive interactions with, the better!:)

mona_b
February 4th, 2006, 10:42 PM
OMG what a cutie patootie he is.

I'm surprised that the SPCA didn't have him in a foster home till he was 8 weeks old.That's what they do here.And they also have them s/n before they go to their new homes.

Ditto on what BMD and LR have said.

Give him lots of love and attention.:)

When he is at that 12 week mark,definately socialize him like crazy.New people,kids,dogs,sights and sounds.

And as he is teething at this age,I suggest some chewing toys for him.A great one would be a Kong.

If you have any questions,please ask and we can help.

Just a question,what are you feeding him?

So,what's his name?

Inverness
February 4th, 2006, 10:53 PM
Too young to be away from mommy and the littermates, but MUCH better off being AWAY from the shelter ! Mortality rate is awfully high for young pups in kennel environments. He's much safer now. :love:

Yes, what's his name ??? :D

BMDLuver
February 5th, 2006, 09:31 AM
awwwww, he's adorable!

phoenix
February 5th, 2006, 03:17 PM
Hi! Congrats on the beautiful pup!!
I have a boxer/lab mix that I got too young, too- he was barely 6 weeks old. Ditto to everything said already: he will need to be treated like a little baby for a few more weeks. We had a terrible time teaching Sam bite inhibition- because he'd never really had time to play with his siblings, he never learned not to bite hard or how to play with other dogs. Puppy playtime (kindergarten) and obedience took care of it eventually. Our new boxer babe Maia stayed with mom til she was 81/2 weeks and it makes SUCH a difference.
BTW- i love a puppy in my lap when I'm on the computer, but Maia just hit 20 lbs, so those days are numbered!!

StaceyB
February 5th, 2006, 08:08 PM
We have monthly puppy socials for puppies that you are more than welcome to attend. We just had our February social today so the next one will be a month from now. PM or email me and I will give you the details.