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Old 09-18-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Okay guys this is the first time I've owned a puppy (weird huh?) so I have a few questions about them. Haha.

First question.
At what age should she start eating dry puppy food? Right now she is on wet food and she is around 8 weeks old.
Second question.
At what age will she be able to 'hold it'. It seems that right now she only knows she needs to potty when she needs to go. I think that's pretty normal for a pup but how long will this last?
Question Three.
She's around 5 lbs right now (and as I said 8 weeks old). How big do you guys think she'll get?
Question Four.
At what age should I begin leash\obedience training?

Okay, I think that's all.
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:59 PM   #2
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Okay guys this is the first time I've owned a puppy (weird huh?) so I have a few questions about them. Haha.

First question.
At what age should she start eating dry puppy food? Right now she is on wet food and she is around 8 weeks old.

You can start her now on dry puppy food, if she is having trouble wet it down and let her eat it that way. Keep her on the wet for awhile too.

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Second question.
At what age will she be able to 'hold it'. It seems that right now she only knows she needs to potty when she needs to go. I think that's pretty normal for a pup but how long will this last?
Some pups are better at then others but as time goes on they can go longer and longer. Probably safe at 6 months for a few hours.

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Question Three.
She's around 5 lbs right now (and as I said 8 weeks old). How big do you guys think she'll get?
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I miss what kind of dog she was..I will go look at the pics.



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Question Four.
At what age should I begin leash\obedience training?

Okay, I think that's all.
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NOw! She will learn slowly right now because her attention span is short BUT she will learn.

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Old 09-18-2007, 10:02 PM   #3
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Thanks Dobermans!! That's really helpful advice.
She is a mix so it could be tricky. Her mother was very skinny (she was a stray and was trying to gain weight) so I'm not very sure that her mother's weight would give a good indication as to her future size. And I don't know what breed her father was. I was hoping someone could help me according to her weight and current age. I guess we'll just have to see
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Any updated pics for us to see?

I agree with starting them on dry food very soon. DO start leash training ASAP!
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I found that mixing kibble with a little warm water or some of the wet food at this age worked just fine.

Puppies this age have to go out on average every 2 hours, but if your persistent and you're crate training they can go 4 hours, so it may mean a potty break some time in the middle of the night. Usually around 3 a.m. was when my pups would get me up.

By three months they can go a bit longer, and by six months if you've really been monitoring your pup they are pretty well house broken.

You can start getting your pup use to a buckle collar now. I'd snap a very light nylon or cotton lead to the pups collar and let it get use to dragging it around for a few moments then pick it up and hold it encouraging the pup to follow you by facing it and backing up call him or her to you. This can be done in the house. Keep the sessions short, about 5-10 minutes max. You can then practice taking it on short walks outside encouraging the pup to follow you with a treat or by turning toward it and running backwards for a couple of steps.

My first Aussie weighed 9 pounds when I brought him home. He ended up weighing 50-52 pounds as an adult. My current male was 13 pound when I brought him home and now weighs about 52 to 53 pounds My female was 6 pounds and now weighs 40. It all depends on what breed mix she is.

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I agree!

She's ready for kibble now but I'd make the transition over the next week or so.

Most pups don't have the ability to "hold it" until at least 12 weeks of age & then for only limited amounts of time.

I don't think she's going to be very big. I'll guess somewhere in the 30 lb range.

You can start training leash walking right now. Ozzy knew how to walk on a leash, sit, down, and shake in the first 3-4 days with us. We got him at 6-1/2 weeks. No serious training at this point, just keep everything fun. It's never too early to start as long as it is short time periods & all in good fun.
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I started training 'sit'. She did really well! Within the first training session (which wasn't very long) she sat about 3 times on cue. haha. What a change from Sydney! LOL!

Sorry YellowDog. No pics. And my camera just broke! Ah! I'm so upset. But I'll probably be using my sister's phone to get some snapshots.

Thank you everyone very much for the advice. I'll get a light leash for her and start with her ASAP.
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She is really cute!

For her size estimated, about 50lbs.... But you will have to wait and see.

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Thanks guys!
My camera is working again (Thank God!) so here are some more pics of her
I found she does look like she's got some kind of spitz in her (look at that cute curly tail!) She's also getting some black spots on the backs of her ears as you can see in this pic.

This is a picture of her looked incredibly sleepy after a hard play Shaa.


Thanks guys for all of your help Me and Juneau appreciate it
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OrcaInspired I had the same problem as you-I got a mystery mix puppy from the shelter and had no idea how much to feed since I did not know the adult weight.
I hunted around on the internet and found a lot of age-weight charts for various purebreds ranging from undersized Chihuahuas to Great Danes. Based on my chart I think a 8 wk old pup that weighs 5 lbs will have an adult weight of about 20 lbs. At least that is my best guess.
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