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Old 12-18-2012, 01:20 AM
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As stated above this is also our first time having a pet other than fish. We will be picking up our baby next Monday. He will be seven weeks old then. I have been reading over as much as I can. We hope we are ready. We are so excited!!


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Old 12-18-2012, 02:15 PM
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Congratulations,bet you can't wait.He does seem very young to be leaving his mum and siblings at 7 weeks and as it's your first puppy maybe ask the breeder to keep him till he's 12 weeks old
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Hello and welcome to CP! You'll love it here; lots of great information from friendly, experienced Chi owners. As Michele said, 7 weeks is awfully young for a reputable breeder to let a Chihuahua pup go to his new home. It's crucial for their social development to be with mom until at least 10 weeks IMO but 12 is better. Any way you could ask the breeder to hang on to him a little while longer? I know the wait seems like FOREVER but it's very important that they stay with momma during this stage; as they are very impressionable and learn a lot of their social skills from their mom and littermates that will carry through for the rest of their lives. While it's not impossible to raise a pup from 7 weeks (many of us on here have), it puts the responsibility into YOUR hands to teach him things like bite inhibition and how to behave properly around other animals; things that come much more natural for momma. =) Can't wait to see your pup and get to know you!!
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Wow, 7 weeks is really really young. A reputable breeder will keep their chi puppies to at least 10 weeks and preferably 12 weeks. Why? Explained in the article below ....

http://www.chihuahua-people.com/chi-...-12-weeks.html
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I thinks its more like a reputable breeder would know better than to give a dog newbie a pup that young...i think 8 weeks is perfectly fine if they're experienced. A fish and a dog is completely different lol hope it all works out!
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Congrats on the new baby and welcome to the forum! Make sure to post pics!

Not to force unwanted advice, but mom does 1/2 your work for you! Keeping the pup a few extra weeks will make a major difference on your puppies future and well being. Most of the problem dog's that came to me to be "fixed", left their litter too young, and were not properly socialized. That is very hard to over come. Puppy hood is like childhood, and it sets up the foundation for the rest of their lives. There is such a major difference between 7 weeks and 10/12. Those 3-5 weeks are a crucial time period where puppies need to learn about dog social interaction(And manners!) from mom and siblings, you can never get that time back once it's gone, and it can not be substituted for. Your dog can know every trick in the world and do it on command, they can be potty trained in days, they can be obedience champions, but if they aren't well balanced, happy, confident, secure, and fully prepared for life, what is the point? Good luck on the new pup! I'm sure he will be adorable!
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Hmm I think socialization,can be reintroduced at a later age. Dex is 4 yrs old and he's been doin real good with meetin other dogs. He was always into cats but now he actually goes to them and sniffs but doesn't play quite yet. When I got KC and he started likin her...he gave other dogs a chance there are miracles in life but it doesn't work for everyone KC came to me well socialized and is still on the learnin curve but she loves all humans and kisses them. She needs a little work on the other dogs again though but she's gettin spayed real,soon so the,hormones will be lowered and will be more carefree
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Hmm I think socialization,can be reintroduced at a later age.
As group animals they need regular social interaction to remain "social". Once you miss that first window of development you can not get it back. There is no substitute for that once it's gone, but you also need to keep them in practice so their skills don't get rusty. Fostering and training for the humane society really drove that home for me, but also the 2000+ dogs that went through classes with me. There are two types of introduction classes I taught. Puppy(8 weeks to about 16 weeks.) and Beginner(5 months and up). Both sets of dogs learned the same skills. My puppy classes focused on socialization, in my beginners usually half of my classes were hijacked by problem behaviors and trying to correct and reduce them. My beginners mostly all had issues due to a bad/ or no, foundation. Most of my puppies would go on to intermediate and advanced training, many of my beginners still had issues and the owners would be too embarrassed to continue training. Consoling crying owners whose dog just tried to eat another dogs/persons face is just part of the job. I also tend to notice people won't take your advice or take you seriously unless they are paying you, and don't want to listen to your warnings until they have a problem. Then they want to cry on your shoulder and have you "fix" it. I hate behavior consulting, my favorite is therapy/ service dog training. I loved being a AKC CGC evaluator, and I loved training smart well balanced dogs to do what they loved. I also love working with children and dogs. They would always have their "homework" done and constantly impressed me. The kids would put the work in, while the parents would try and throw money at it. Call me bitter... ;P
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