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First thing I always tell puppy owners when they take the puppy home is to make sure the puppy is eating and
drinking plenty of water. Next i want to know that the puppy is going to the bathroom, peeing and pooping. If the
puppy is not drinking enough water, gets sick or act lethargic call your vet immediately. Young puppies can go
down hill fast so do not wait to see if they get better. Always feel free to call me if you have questions.
Something else to consider is when you take your puppy with you in public. Please be very aware of how parvo is
spread(through direct contact or feces) and how to prevent it. The best preventive is to not take a puppy to
public areas and do not allow strange dogs in your yard. Puppies ages six weeks to six months are the most
susceptible to parvo.
When you get your 8 week old puppy, please keep this in mind. Their bones do not even touch yet. They plod
around so cutely with big floppy paws and wobbly movement because their joints are entirely made up of muscle,
tendons, ligaments with skin covering. Nothing is fitting tightly together or has a true socket yet.
When you run them excessively or don't restrict their exercise to stop them from overdoing it during this period
you don't give them a chance to grow properly. Every big jump or excited bouncing run causes impacts between
the bones. In reasonable amounts this is not problematic and is the normal wear and tear that every animal will
But when you're letting puppy jump up and down off the lounge or bed, take them for long walks/hikes( a mile is to
long for a puppy that is not over a year), you are damaging that forming joint. When you let the puppy scramble
on tile with no traction you are damaging the joint.
You only get the chance to grow them once. A well built body is something that comes from excellent breeding
and a great upbringing-BOTH, not just one.
Once grown you will have the rest of their life to spend playing and engaging in higher impact exercise. So keep it
calm while they're still little baby puppies and give the gift that can only be given once.
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*** Puppies Taken from Litter Too Soon Develop Behavior Problems as Adults ***
The 'Sensitive Period' in a Puppy's Development
There is evidence certain behavior tendencies in dogs -- anxiety, fearfulness, noise phobia,
aggression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, for example – have a genetic component.
However, researchers and experts in the field of canine behavior believe it is a combination of
genetics, environment and experience (nature and nurture) that contributes most significantly to
We know for a fact puppies pass through a sensitive stage during which it is critically important
they be well socialized to other dogs, humans, and a wide variety of stimuli in their environment.
During this important period, generally agreed to be from around 2½ to 3 weeks through 12 to
14 weeks, a puppy's brain is primed to accept new experiences with minimal fear. The
experiences the pup has during this sensitive time actually have the capacity to modify the brain.
What your puppy experiences (or doesn't experience) during this stage of development has a
profound impact on his adult character, temperament and behavior.
Since part of a pup's socialization is learning appropriate dog-to-dog interaction, it is in the best
interests of puppies to remain with the mother and littermates until they are at least 8 to 8½
Research suggests many of the social and behavioral problems seen in adult dogs have their
roots in too-early separation from the litter.
Early separation from the litter plays a role in undesirable behavior in adult dogs.
* Aversion to strangers
* Excessive barking
* Toy possessiveness
* Stranger aggression
* Paw licking
* Reactivity to noises
* Food possessiveness
* Owner aggression
USDA regulations require that dogs be at least 8 weeks old and fully weaned before traveling.
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