Yesterday my boyfriend and I became the proud owners of a 6 week old black lab girl we named Tweetie. We did quite a bit of research on dog breeds and temperaments before deciding that a lab would be the perfect fit for our little family. We are both first time puppy owners so any and all advice is appreciated
Looking forward to hearing from you guys and gals
Oh dear. Did you research breeders too ?
6 weeks is far too young for a pup to leave it's mother without good reason.
That extra two weeks can make all the difference ( 8 weeks is usually the preference )
Good luck anyway. You are in the right place should you need advice.
Hi, welcome to the forum!
Congrats on the new addition, though 6 weeks is too young to be taken from her litter, 8 weeks is the proper age - while it seems like only 2 weeks, you will notice a few things such as excessive biting as she has lost those extra 2 important weeks of learning bite inhibition from her littermates. There are tons of threads here about puppy biting/teething you can search & read up on. Make sure you have a crate for her as a safe haven when unsupervised - for her safety & protection of your stuff. Most important thing is be patient, it will take a good 6 weeks or so for her to settle in & get used to you, and obviously even longer for her to be house trained & understand what you want from her.
I highly recommend reading the sticky "our best advice" there is a great deal of info there to help you along Post pics when you can!
welcome. is the pup from a shelter?
definitely read up on socialization (age appropriate) and puppy biting as these will be two very important things in the next month or two (especially given the pup was removed from the litter much too early)
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
here is our little lady
Taking her back to her littermates is unfortunately not an option while her living conditions were not deplorable they were certainly not ideal by any means. We honestly wanted to take all the pups with us. I do have tons of friends with dogs that are up to date on their shots and in very good health...Would setting up plenty of doggie playdates be atleast somewhat of a supplement for the two missing weeks? If it isnt then any ideas? Thank you guys
That is too bad but give him lots of love. We ran into that when we were getting Jack. So many people wanted them gone..... like right now. Jack was the only one that we ran into that did not mind keeping till he was 10 weeks. However when we went to get him he was alone with his mom and they did not want to give him up. They tried giving our money back. Jack still did a lot of nipping when he was a pup. Good luck with the new puppy. Lots are taken at 6 weeks so if you work at it he will be fine.
Judy and Jack
"If you are not living on the edge you are taking up too much room."
"Jack catching a few rays."
Welcome to the forum. Cute pup! We got our two a bit early too (7 weeks and very long story of why sooo early). The nipping is hard to correct and should be corrected every time. Make sure to have an assortment of chew toys handy. We thought we broke our puppies of the nipping and then a few days later it started up again. Patience! It does get better.
Someone else may disagree but I wouldn't recommend socializing your little girl with other dogs just yet. I'd wait a week or two to let her get settled in with you. Then bring a friend over (no dog but maybe has a dog so the scent is there) first to start the socialization. Socialization is huge at this age and includes getting them used to the car, other people, noises in the house (vacuum included!) and any other sound you think they may need to learn about. It's best to do this within the first 16 weeks as that is when they are most accepting of new things. Once she gets at least her first puppy shots at 8 weeks and the vet clears her then set up a one dog play date at your place. Plan on it being short. An hour was as long as our pups could take before they started getting tired. If we hit two hours then they would hide under a table waiting for the other dog to leave. Your pup may be different but be prepared to call it quits earlier then you may want to if your pup is tired. Our play dates are getting longer as they are getting older. Make sure you have a safe place for the pup to go and hide on the play date. Our pups hid under the chairs we were sitting in and that was our warning to hold the other dog back and away from them. Two minutes later they were darting from underneath the chairs ready to play again. This process worked wonders for us and they LOVE every person and dog they see. No fear even when one play date went sour (dog wasn't happy with the pups and growled/barked and even tried to bite the one). They of course keep a safe distance now if another dog growls at them.
Welcome to the forum! While you will have your hands full with the new baby in the house, you will find it is all worth it! We are here to help you along the way. Since you are new to the puppy world, feel free to ask lots of questions. Remember don't take your puppy anywhere public till she has had all her shots. Don't allow her on the floor at the vets office. Hold her in your arms. As far as other dogs, after she has settled into your home and lifestyle, you can have a friend with a fully vaccinated older pup come for a visit. I wouldn't take Tweetie anywhere that would have the possibilty that unknown dogs have been there. It sounds like your girl came from a less than desirable situation. She is sure a beauty. Good luck!
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Sophie 15 months, with Skye
She is absolutely adorable! Welcome to the forum!
Maxx & Emma Jean
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