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Q: 6 week old puppy

June 24, 2009 | By Liz B. | 11 answers | Expired: 1962 days ago

Liz  B.

We are fostering for the first time due to the overcrowding at our local shelter. We have a 6 week old german shepard puppy who was found in a ditch by animal control. We have had him for 3 days and took him back today to get checked out, has some type of respitory couch...hopefully just kennel cough. They were sooooo busy due to a puppy mill bust and were all very busy including the vet, so I got to ask only a few medical questions concerning my 2 shih tzus who have been active with the puppy. Does anyone have any advise on what and what not to do with a 6 week old puppy? I have been taking him outside, but now wonder if this is wise. Any tips would be incredibly helpful! Thanks, Liz

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Lisa B.
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Jun 24, 2009

www.akc.org
www.fetchdog.com
www.marthastewart.com
all have interesting tips for new puppies. If he hasn´t had his shots for parvo, etc. don´t take him on walks. Get him something to chew on like a kong. Abandoned pets need a lot of attention initially. Lots of play, play, play. I use a bath with dog shampoo and a red cider vinegar rinse for shine and the fleas hate the vinegar so they jump off.

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Erica M.
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Jun 24, 2009

I found the book Before and After Getting Your Puppy bu Ian Dunbar very helpful. From what I read there and have heard elsewhere, it is very important that young puppies are socialized in a safe way. Your puupy does not have immunity to all the bad stuff out there yet so only expose him to other dogs if you know they are properly immunized and healthy. Stay away from dog parks and pet stores with your pup until he has full immunity. However, expose your puppy to lots of wonderful experiences with different people especially children and men. Have people visit and hold and play with the puppy. Dogs who are not exposed to many types of people as puppies can be fearful of people when they get older. There may be a puppy playgroup in your area where thw play is monitored and all puppies are up to date with shots. I bring my pup to one to socialize with other puppies. Good luck to you. You are doing a wonderful yet challenging thing.

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Lherbertson
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Jun 25, 2009

I was told when I brought home my 7 week puppy to carry him to and from the grass. He has to go outside or he won't get potty trained. But limit the amount he walks around. I was also told to avoid other dogs, but at the same time work on socialization. I got around that conflict by introducing him to people and making sure they used antibacterial lotion before petting him. That limited the amount of germs he came into contact with. If it's possible, limit the interaction he has with your shih tzus. Especially if they just came back from a walk or the dog park.

Just do the best you can. Puppies get sick. Even with all of my precautions, mine had to be on antibiotics twice before his vaccinations. Remember, you already made a HUGE difference in this dog's life. Good luck!

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