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Old 09-13-2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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OMG! I can't believe this is happening to me! I'm getting my first dog as a birthday present from my husband!!!

I found her today (I don't mess around when I've got my heart set on something you know).......six weeks old, fully weaned and on solid food (I thought that was a bit young but the family breeder assures me its fine), a smooth coated, tufty-faced black Patterdale bitch puppy!

I think I'm going to call her Sasha, whaddya think?

Its all worked out, I can bring her home tomorrow and spend two days with her over the weekend. Its too short notice for me to book any time off next week to look after her, but a friend at hubby's work has offered to look after her down at the stables during her first week. Its a private estate, Kris and Steven will be around all day, and the other dogs on the estate are inoculated so she should be okay. Steven is also bringing her a proper crate, to start her training straight away!

Insurance.....bed.....collar......puppy toys.......OMG what do I feed her???!!!!



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Congratulations!!! I would ask the breeder to keep the pup at least two more weeks. I think six is two young they have a lot of social skills to learn yet.

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Wooohooo! Congratulations & Happy Birthday! Pics! We need Pics! OK, you can wait until you get her home tomorrow. Good luck with her.
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Sasha sounds like a wounderful name. I feed Eagle Pack, which is a pretty good food, but I'm not sure if it's available in the UK. Check out Vagreys' Kibble Grading System thread for more information about good dog foods.

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Sasha is a very pretty name, I wish you the best of luck with her!
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Eeeeek I did consider asking the breeder to keep her for 2 more weeks, but Kris vetoed that idea....he said he wouldn't trust anyone with his money (i.e he thinks that the breeder might sell her to someone else!).

I did mention that I felt 6 weeks was awfully young, but she said that she got the mum when she was 5 weeks and she was ok....and that puppies from the first litter all went at 6 weeks, and that she's still in touch with them and they have all had no probs either.

She also pointed out that as we have Lucky, the pup will benefit from having another adult dog around in her first few days.

Any tips to help such a young wee thing get acclimatised?

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OMG! im really excited for you, but have to express great concern at her age! puppies learn bite inhibition from their mum and siblings, and should stay with their mum till their 8 weeks old, is this breeder really that experience, or does she just want rid of the puppies? im sorry to be negative but its just as shes going to be somewhere else during the day, with other dogs, i just feel 6 weeks - eeek! would it really be difficult for the breeder to keep her a couple more, or just one more week?
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im sorry, do you mean shes staying for the week with your friends, nights and all, or just during the day?
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To acclimate Sasha set up a puppy-friendly house. Remove thing that she may be able to get ahold of, like socks, favorite stuffed animals, etc. Leave puppy chew toys in easy access range for her, things like small kong, soft Nylabone, knotted rope, sqeaky toy. Taking her to puppy classes, if possible, is a good idea. In her crate lay down a soft blanket and put a favorite chew toy in there. It sound like with your friends dogs and yours Sasha will get some good socialization. After she's completed her immunization shots, take her to dog parks, social events whre dogs are allowed, high noise areas, everywhere, just to get her used to new sights, sounds, people and dogs.

As far as the breeder weening her at six weeks, I don't see much of a problem with that. I usually suggest that a person waits until eight weeks to ween, but your dog is not ruined for life just because she was weened a little early. And because she is already weened I don't see much of a point of taking her back to the breeder, either.

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THANK YOU I keep trying to post replies but it keeps kicking me out and now I've run out of time......but THANK YOU, I'm still reading and will be back to respond later!

Off to get lots of puppy chew toys later!!!

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