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Old 09-03-2014, 02:42 PM   #1
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We picked up a beautiful new puppy, border collie/ACD cross. I now am doubting she was eight weeks old, as the folks we adopted her from said. I'm thinking maybe seven weeks now.

I bought puppy formula to supplement her food with, and she seems to be doing quite well (love this girl, by the way...named her Scout). We have a four year old border/Springer who has taken her under his wing and she follows him everywhere.

Does anyone have any advice or information on special needs of a very young puppy? We had driven three hours to pick her up, and I just didn't realize that she seemed younger than eight weeks until that night (I would have asked to wait a few weeks). We have purchased a puppy pack from the vet with all of her shots, etc, and she has had first one.

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If your vet has seen Scout, and she is eating / drinking / eliminating ok, then it doesn't sound like there is any cause for concern. At 7 weeks she should be ok with a standard puppy diet. It's great that she has an older dog around.

The biggest concern behaviorally for pups removed from siblings too young is that they may have poor bite inhibition and frustration tolerance, compared to those that stay longer. I would suggest getting her into a good puppy socialisation class as soon as possible.

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Longbeachone, welcome to the forum and congratulations on your new family member, Scout. Kaos has given you good info so I will not add to it. Anxious to see photos of Scout and her big brother!
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Welcome and as Kaos said, get her to puppy obedience/training school if you can.
Love to see some pictures of both dogs.
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Welcome from me too, good luck with your new pup.

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aboard!! I will add one point your Springer spaniel sounds likes
he taken Scout under his care and will probably keep Scout in check could even help towards any biting problems too
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Thanks everyone. The biting is something I have lots of concerns with, since the Australian Cattle Dog uses biting/nipping naturally when herding. Can you give me any advise on the best way to control this in a very young puppy? I've been using a very stern NO and giving her a chew toy when she bites and nips while playing, and she is quite content to chew on her toys, but I don't think I'm getting the point accross!
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Thanks everyone. The biting is something I have lots of concerns with, since the Australian Cattle Dog uses biting/nipping naturally when herding. Can you give me any advise on the best way to control this in a very young puppy? I've been using a very stern NO and giving her a chew toy when she bites and nips while playing, and she is quite content to chew on her toys, but I don't think I'm getting the point accross!
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Quite the opposite! What you are doing is great! (it's called redirection techniques) in other words you are every time she nips even just one nip/bite then you have toy ready for her to chew she will soon learn that toys are fro chewing and not hands etc,etc also teach her to sit then offer toy.
Another thing to try is when she does nip/bite you simply walk away and ignore her completely. What you could do is reverse this
by playing with a chew toy if she nips/bites even though she has the toy is then to remove the toy and play stops and everything stops including any contact with her in any shape or form it's that simple! But stay consistant and repetitious and the nipping/biting will be a thing of the past and it will take time
Good luck and let us know how you get on!
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One thing that has worked with Sadie, australian shepherd that also naturally nips, is to give a sharp pain yelp like a dog would do when they get hurt. Sadie used to nip too hard in play but no longer does, after I used this method. But then, she wasn't a puppy when she came to live with me, either.
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Here are Jake and Scout. Scout is changing colours almost every day! She is a great little girl, funny, inquisitive, charming. We never thought we could find a dog that we loved as much as Jake (adored...from the moment he entered our lives) but I think that Scout is going to give him a run for his money.

Jake is a Border Collie/Springer spaniel mix, and Scout is Border Collie/Australian Cattle Dog. I haven't been able to find much info about this cross, but I'm hoping for great things. I would like to start learning agility, so I'm hoping we can do this together.

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