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    We had my sister over for the holidays, and she brought her dog who is a terrier mix and Hunter really seemed to enjoy having a pal around the house. So much so that the terrier got sick of Hunter following him around to play.

    So because of seeing that, we figured Hunter could use a brother/pal. So this past weekend we went to go look at some lab puppies that. The breeder is one who breeds white labs. They usually have a few yellows in the litters and that is what we were looking for.

    So of course we fell in love with one of them and decided to buy him. We had a choice between 2 boys that were yellow, one just laid in the corner of the box and stuck to himself. He didn't move all that much while we were there. He would get up and sit, or lay down but the whole time we were there he stayed in the corner while the other pups moved around. The other yellow boy seemed to be very active. Walking around the box and playing with the other puppies (we chose the active one). There was another one, a white one that was a girl that was really feisty and kept fighting and nipping at all of the pups. It was neat to just sit there and watch their personalities. I guess it's like humans, there's the agreesive one, the passive one and the rest all seem to be in the middle.

    They are 5 weeks at the moment. We are very excited to be bringing the new puppy into our home at the end of this month. And if Hunter could understand, I think he would be as well.

    My question is regarding keeping the puppy from catching parvo. Hunter will soon be starting a class to get his yellow vest, and we often take him to the park and go for walks. How do we manage this with a new puppy? Should we refrain from taking Hunter for walks until the puppy is free from the threat of parvo? Our backyard is big enough where Hunter could get some exercise running around, but it's definitely not a huge backyard by any means.

    Any help is appreciated.
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    You should not take the pup into any public places until it's completely through the puppy shot series. Taking it to the vet, don't allow it to walk around on the floor there, hold it or keep it in a small travel crate. Under no circumstances should it be around strange dogs or dogs that run loose. This is my 2¢ for what it's worth.


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    Thanks for the advice. That is exactly what we did with Hunter, but my question is more along the lines of "Can Hunter still do normal things, or should we lock him up in the house for 8 weeks until the threat of the puppy catching parvo is over".




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    I'd keep Hunter home when the pup hasn't been completely inoculated.

    No offense intended, but you're buying and supporting a backyard breeder or a puppy mill.

    I think at 9 months old, Hunter might be a bit young to be an older brother. You mention that you were looking for a dog because Hunter wants a pal, do you guys want another puppy? Are you prepared for Hunter to relapse into his crazy puppy hood?

    I wish you the best of luck, but it sounds doomed to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    I wish you the best of luck, but it sounds doomed to me.

    No offense intended? Really? But my situation is doomed and I am buying from a puppy mill.

    You know, every time I post on this board, it doesn't matter what the subject is about, whether it be what kind of food I buy, the length of walk, or the simple question of whether or not to keep my dog inside before the new puppy has all his shots, my dog is always doomed.

    Has anyone noticed this phenomenon? I've pretty much had it with this forum. I'm tired of the judgement, and the "Holier than thou" attitude of most everyone on this forum. You all really need to relax... And think before posting something so stupid as to say the whole situation is doomed when you have no idea what the situation is besides the vacuum of my post.

    Doomed?! Are you freaking serious? The situation is doomed? As in what? What could possibly happen that dooms the situation? I would really like for you to tell me, and please don't infer. Please use the information I have given you in the vacuum of my original post to tell me how my situation is doomed.
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    A 9 month old puppy with a 8 week old puppy? Doesn't sound promising to me, nor do I know any reputable breeder who would place a young puppy with a dog that age.

    I am probably way off base, I am sure your 9 month old is well trained, has no issues, plays gently with puppies etc.

    You are supporting a breeder who breeds 'Whites' let me guess, they're more expensive right?
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    Right. calm down. The threaten to leave drama is old. Ask or don't and expect that there will be someone who might tell you something you don't want to hear.

    Now. Doomed might be too harsh. Full disclosure: I inadvertently supported a BYB (or one step above one), and then I brought home a rescue puppy when my first was less than a year old. It worked out fine. Not without its challenges but worked out fine nonetheless.

    The answer to your initial quesion: I don't really know but I'd err on the side of caution and leave your older lab at home until the pup has its shots completed.

    The reasons for the comment that caused you such offense: "white labs", generally indicate a less than scrupulous breeder, and the fact that there's a wide choice of puppies rather than a waiting list.

    However, I think you'll find you're not the first nor the only one on this board (who have stuck around) who have gone the same route. I would advise against the defensiveness and quick condemnation against the entire board here just because a member or two have offended your sensibilities. Yes, it sucks getting what seems to be flamed for asking a question. But after the initial reaction, take the value of the answers you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finalyst View Post
    No offense intended? Really? But my situation is doomed and I am buying from a puppy mill.

    You know, every time I post on this board, it doesn't matter what the subject is about, whether it be what kind of food I buy, the length of walk, or the simple question of whether or not to keep my dog inside before the new puppy has all his shots, my dog is always doomed.

    Has anyone noticed this phenomenon? I've pretty much had it with this forum. I'm tired of the judgement, and the "Holier than thou" attitude of most everyone on this forum. You all really need to relax... And think before posting something so stupid as to say the whole situation is doomed when you have no idea what the situation is besides the vacuum of my post.

    Doomed?! Are you freaking serious? The situation is doomed? As in what? What could possibly happen that dooms the situation? I would really like for you to tell me, and please don't infer. Please use the information I have given you in the vacuum of my original post to tell me how my situation is doomed.
    I am not sure why you got that response...But first let me address your question. I would keep your older dog away from other dogs until your pup has had all his puppy shots. I know a pup who got quite sick this way..so better to be safe than sorry.

    Now as far as your situation being doomed...I have to respectfully disagree. We got my new lab puppy Lola when Gracie was about 11 months old. We always knew we would get one more, but we decided to get one sooner than later. One of the reasons, among many, was that Gracie just loved to be around other dogs. I have had no trouble with Gracie regressing, if anything I think she is better behaved with Lola around. Her and Lola follow each other everywhere...best buds I don't regret getting another lab at all. So please keep me posted, I would love to know how everything works out. Don't forget to send lot's of pictures of the two of them. Best of luck.

    p.s I don't understand the puppy mill comment either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lisa View Post
    p.s I don't understand the puppy mill comment either?
    Any breeder worth their salt a) doesn't breed 'white' puppies b) doesn't have 3 puppies in a litter available, and let the buyer choose

    This may be the best thing that could ever happen, but being this poster thought his 9 month old had a hip issue etc, I don't think that wrestling and romping is a good thing. If the terrier was upset by Hunter's constant playing, what chance does a puppy have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luvmydog2much View Post
    Any breeder worth their salt a) doesn't breed 'white' puppies b) doesn't have 3 puppies in a litter available, and let the buyer choose

    This may be the best thing that could ever happen, but being this poster thought his 9 month old had a hip issue etc, I don't think that wrestling and romping is a good thing. If the terrier was upset by Hunter's constant playing, what chance does a puppy have?
    I know of some breeders that use the term "white " to describe a lighter than yellow pup, but did not use the term... breed mainly " whites" and did not charge a penny more for them. Maybe that is what he meant.

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