a-bull wrote:6 weeks old?? Wow, that's young. Ideally, pups should be with their moms until they are atleast 8 weeks old or more, if possible.
It's unrealistic to expect any puppy, particularly a 6 week old puppy to not have lots of accidents. Puppy potty training takes lots of time, patience and papertowels, , and can include many setbacks.
A six week old puppy should be fed ATLEAST 4 times a day, if not 5, and should have water at all times. Puppies dehydrate very easily and can die very quickly from dehydration. The food should be either wet puppy food or kibbles moistened until they're very soft.
Here is a link to help you with potty training. As you can see, potty traininig can't be expected until as late as 6 months unless you're home 24/7 training---give or take . . .
Maryellen wrote:no dog should be placed at 6 weeks .. where did you get this pup? if it was from a rescue, shame on them.. if it was from a breeder, shame on them too.. proper placement is at 8 weeks.. anyhow... there is no way a tiny tiny little bladder can hold it while you get ready to take him outside.. make sure you are ready to take him outside IMMEDIATELY after he finishes his last lick of water, last kibble, or as soon as he wakes up.. they cant hold it that long while you get ready, so be ready before.. have his leash ready too. as soon as he is done eating drinking, waking, playing IMMEDIATELY scoop the little bugger out side and stay there until he goes potty.. then praise the hell out of him for going potty outside.. with a pup that young, you will be taking him outside every 15 -20 minutes the entire time he is awake , etc... at nighttime, he wont be able to hold it thru the night, so he might wake you up a few times to go.. again, be ready before he is. this way, less accidents.
anissa wrote:6 weeks IS young to be away from its mother, believe me, I was suprised when the 'breeder' told us that he was only 6 weeks and 2 days old. My husband and I were planning on getting a puppy, and found a lady selling them on watertownads.com. She had them listed as ready to go on May 29th. When we got there, she had them with the mother in an outdoor (semi-sheltered) kennel. She was selling them for $50.00 (which I also couldnt believe) and 2 'rares' a white and a blue one.. for $200.00. We bought Brock from her and headed to a pet store/groomer for some supplies.
The owner of the store asked us where we got him, and we told her the address. She looked mortified! She went on to tell us that she rides her horse by there often, and that the dogs are out there 24/7.. EVEN in the winter. My heart broke. We had her, do a quick check over Brock to see if he had any fleas. Luckily he didnt, but when she squeezed his pee pee, it started to ooze out puss. My husband called our vet right there on the spot from the store, and took Brock in. It's just a small infection and we have some wash and pills to treat it, but it REALLY made me question the conditions these dogs were living in. Ironically, its the 'breeder' that recommended we go to that shop.
After all was said and done, as unhappy as I am with the 'breeder', I am glad we were able to take atleast one of the puppies from her.. even if he is so young. Id hate to know what might happen with the others.
anissa wrote:Katie.. I REALLY appreciate your schedule example. I am going to take it, and doctor it up alittle and see if it works for us. Thanks.
a-bull wrote:Niiiiiiiiiice post, "Katie."
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