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Old 05-04-2007, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hi everyone, I have a bit of a dilemna on my hands - please help

As some of you may know Oscar has become a dad - and the puppy is now almost 6 weeks old next week. Anyway the pups mum has become very disinterested in him, and although he is feeding well, lapping and putting on weight,the bitches owners are pressing for me to have him sooner rather than later.

The two dogs I have now - Oscar came at 14 weeks old, and Kobi at 10 weeks old. I have never had a puppy before 8 weeks old.

Do you think that if the puppy came to me at six weeks old there would be any problems. I am prepared to take him on but am worried about him leaving his mum at this very young age.

Any help would be most appreciated - however you may feel about this, .... I am very puzzled about the situation.
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Old 05-04-2007, 04:36 PM   #2
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I'm sure all recommendations would be 8 or 9 weeks — but I will tell you that Ozzy had his first shot at 6 weeks & he came to me at 6-1/2 weeks & never missed a beat.
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it is possible but most reccommend that the pup stay with the mom till 8 weeks for health reasons and also for behavioral reasons, pups learn alot from their mother and its the most crucial time for them to learn social skills and be handled.
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Old 05-04-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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8 weeks is recomended...
due to behavioural reasons and learning of that.. new science is showing that the recomendations might increase to 10 weeks. Due to that they are not really sure where the best period is. I got my dog at 9,5 weeks and did notice difference in her compared to 8 week old pups.. but NOT sooner than 8 weeks. There is prolly a lot of dogs that handle it good due to good owners, and genes but I would not recomend it due to puppies need of maturity.
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In this case the pup's mum may not be taking good care of the puppy. If you believe some of the studies that are out there (I cannot provide any online references since I read this in an actual book ("The Intelligence of Dogs, by Stanley Coren), irreparable behavioral problems arise if the puppy has been rejected by the mother. The question is whether it is possible to find a surrogate or whether NO mother is better than a bad one at this stge of the pup's life.
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Hi Janice Normally I would say that it is too young at 6 weeks, but under the circumstances since the mum is rejecting him I feel he may be better off with you. I know you well enough to say you will take very good care of him and though it would be better if he had his natural mother to do this for the next couple of weeks, I feel a human Mum who really cares about him is probably better than leaving him where he is being rejected, I am sure Oscar and Kobi can at least teach him some of the things his Mum would have. Eunice
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a second thought..
is it the mother who is rejecting or is it the breeders that just wants the chew happy poopy machines out of the house? I dont know them so this is not backtalk or anything. You know them so you know the truth.

also it is natural for a mother to start avoiding the puppies around this age, she is tired of them. So they dont reject them but they do keep more of a distance. Maybe that is missinterpetitated?

jsut some thoughts.. the breeders can prolly answer better..
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i would say what is he going tolearn from a mom who dont want him,as youv dogs he can learn from them,i dont think hel suffer for it, enjoy your new baby xx
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a second thought..
is it the mother who is rejecting or is it the breeders that just wants the chew happy poopy machines out of the house? I dont know them so this is not backtalk or anything. You know them so you know the truth.

also it is natural for a mother to start avoiding the puppies around this age, she is tired of them. So they dont reject them but they do keep more of a distance. Maybe that is missinterpetitated?

jsut some thoughts.. the breeders can prolly answer better..
He was the only pup in the litter, so don't think the breeder wants him out of the house.
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The idea behind taking a pup at 8 weeks or more also includes more time for play and interaction with litter mates. By playing with the littermates they learn proper dog on dog behavior, bite inhibition etc.

Since this pup apparently has no littermates and his mom has no interest in him, I agree with Borzoi Mad. He'd be just as well, if not better off coming to you now and having the benefit of interaction with your own dogs.

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