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Okay, well she went to the vets again today. She turned 12 weeks today and now weighs 2 pounds and 2 ounces. I asked the vet if we could give her baby asprin for the pain, she said 1/4 th of it would be fine. Do u think i should give it to her now? she isnt in that much pain right now.. but last time when she got the needle on her hip she couldnt sleep easily at all. I told the vet about it, and showed her some weird mark on her hip where she used to have it and she said thats very rare, but sometimes the skin/hair grows differntly when u get vacc. there.. so she put it on her uhmm shoulder i think. I dont think its as bad as before but would u recommend giving her the asprin?

Also, im quite concerned of how she acts towards people.. I know tattangel is having this terrrible issue with mikey and its in the back of my head ALL THE TIME.. I'm trying to get Sera out alot to socalize with people, but she doesnt like to meet new people, like this other day, i snuck her into wal-mart and an old lady that sounded like a smoker, came up to her and tried to pet her.. well sera didnt like that at all.. she kinda was biting her, not hard enough to hurt, but it wasnt a friendly playing thing.. she was trying to climb away from some people... but sometimes she'll kinda.. snerl?? (SP??) at them, and she kinda opens her mouth as a warning... or sometimes she'll just paw them away and try to climb up on me... I really dont want her to turn into Mikey (No offence !!!) I really dont want her snerling at the people who come over, or biting them or anything.. Do you guys have ANY suggestions?? I've been telling her a "GOOD GIRL" when she acts O.K around people... and havent really said "NO" when she is biting or snerling.. cause there asking me questions about her and saying how cute she is and what not.. but i have held her mouth shut and said "NO" i think once.. I really dont want this to become a habbit! I;m really concerned.
 

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Oh, BTW, Does anyone know how much 2 pounds and 2 oucnes =? I think they said it was 2.2.5 pounds.. meaning almost 2.3 pounds right? or does it mean 2.2 and a half of a pound? lol im a little confused on how to figure it out, im keeping a record of her weight and everything so i kinda needa know =)
 

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Well, the thing is they are puppies and they need to be tought how to interact with people. If it were one of my boys and they acted unfriendly I would definitely tell them no, to let them know it's not o.k. to act like that. But I have 2 from totally different sides of the spectrum. Buster absolutely loves everyone, and I mean everyone! Mr. Peepers however just doesn't like people at all until they've been in my house several times and then sometimes he still barks for like 10 minutes at them. :roll:

I would say just keep doing what you're doing, you have to let her know it's not o.k. to act that way. But just to let you know, I tried that ever since I had Mr. Peepers (he was 7 weeks, too young to leave momma) and he still is NOT a friendly guy at all. I think there is definitely some truth to the point that puppies should not leave their moms too early because it can cause behavioral issues.
 

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I would definately let her know she is doing wrong - by been firm with her - maybe when you go out and people want to pet her give them a favorite treat she likes and let them give it her and really praise her when she behaves the way you want her to - it is just perceverance.

you find alot of these problems i dogs who were taken from their mother too early especially aggression and biting problems as from 6 - 10 weeks they get taught by mom how to interact and behave properly - sera missed out on this as she was taken too early - so you really need to work hard to nip this in the bud - good luck :wave:
 

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Hmm.. I dont get it how it would effect her coming in contact with other people, like, how would not socializing with her brothers n sisters make her not like people? :? Not saying it isnt possible, im just curious.
I'm SO concerned of her behavior! I'll try to 'nip it in the butt' better cause i defenatly dont want this becoming a habbit! I think i'll carry treats around with me, and get people to give them to her if they want to pet her. and say "GOOD GIRL!" when she doesnt make a fuss. I hope it works out! Cross ur fingers for me!

Heres a little pic i wanted to share of her sleeping it off:
BTW - My digital camera broke! So i'll be using my phone cam for pictures until its fixed (thank god i have it! I just got it recently too!) Oh and if ur wondering whats around her neck, its a christmas collar. she loves the bells...
 

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A puppy who's mother never taught it the proper way to interact may be shy or scared and therefore either try to get away (as you mentioned with Sera) or barring that option may act defensively. The first weeks are crucial to the psychological well being of the pup. Dogs don't see people as people and them as dogs and their early interactions will color how they react to both.
 

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From the Dog Owner's Guide (www.canismajor.com):

Acquiring a puppy prior to eight weeks of age can also create problems. These puppies miss out on important interactions that take place with other puppies in the litter. A puppy selected too young may miss out on the consequences of biting a littermate too hard. This puppy's new owners will then pay the price when it bites them too hard while playing.

So yes, taking a puppy away from its mother/littermates too early DOES have an effect on their behaviour...in more cases than not.

Also, from one of the articles posted on this forum:

During this period (4 weeks - 7 weeks) the puppies socialize with their mother and litter mates and thus form their attachments to other dogs. This is the normal thing for them to do and plays a very important part in the well-rounded development of a dog. If they are taken from their mother and litter mates before the end of the seven weeks, they miss some of their canine socialisation and show less interest in dog activities than if they are left the full seven weeks. Experience has shown that the puppy who does not complete his seven weeks of canine socialization is often the same dog that, when grown, picks fights with all the strange dogs he meets, is terrified of other dogs, or is difficult to mate.

Sera may not have these problems, but I think it stresses the importance of keeping the pup with its mother until it is of a certain age, and again shows that not doing so can have some not-so-great consequences.

Also, do you keep Sera alone during the day (like when you are at school or whatever)? If so, maybe that could play a part in why she acts the way she does towards people. I know with my chi she never spends the day alone and everyone always comments on how well socialized she is and how well behaved she is for her age.
 

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totally agree with you nicole - and also due to toy breeds tiny size they should really stay with mom till about 10 - 12 weeks (or at the least8) :wave:
 

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:D I agree with you guys...I BEGGED my breeder to keep Stinky longer...I didn't want him to be one of those dogs that growls at and bites everybody..mostly because i didn't wanna get sued :D i was so afraid...he stayed till the 9-10 weeks because she had offered me to hand him over at 7 or early 8..i think..and he's the perfect gentleman :scratch: or is it gentledog. :D
 

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we had ozzy at 8 weeks and he is vile to strangers and other dogs and we got lily at 6 months (so she stayed with mom quite a whlie longer :lol: ) but she is sweet with other people a bit shy and wary but I know i could trust her never to bite etc :wave:
 

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.. Ok Thanks for clarifing that she needed to stay with her mother n silbings longer, unfortunatly i did not have that choice.

Anyways, thanks zarbet for helping me understand why being taken home to early would effect the socailizing with people.

But czarina she is not having any problems socializing with other DOGS its humans that she is scared of. Thanks for trying to help though! :)

I dont really understand still how age would effect them with humans, except a little bit i guess.

i'll continue trying my hardest to get her to turn out like most of the great chi's on this forum. My mom and dads aniversery party is coming up.. 25 people or so will be there, i cant wait to get her there socializing! (yes she is coming with me) I'm bringing her things so she can have naps inbetween. it'll be a longggg day. but she gets to meet all the family. as most live far up north. Anyways, natalie recommended instead of holding her when she meets new people, is to get her excited, and encourage her to like them. by handing her over to them for them to hold. the only thing that scares me about that is i dont want her to jump out of their arms to try n get to me and hurt herself..
 

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mmm looks like someone deleted posts.. cant delete this one so... ill just re-write
 

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Kurrazie said:
To be completely honest with you, my first impression was basically you nagging on me about Sera's age. Most of your posts are offencive to me, so i try to ignore them instead of to argue... I have at times loved to chat with you, but sometimes you really can say some things that upset me alot.
No offence, but you seem to get upset whenever someone disagrees with you. Honestly, no one is out trying to get you...everyone is just trying to help. There really isn't a need to get defensive... :D

Anyway, I'm not sure if you disregarded the bottom part of my post where I asked if she is alone for period of the day when you are at school because I'm thinking that may be part of it, if so.
 

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According to the weight chart, 2 lb. 2 ounces at 12 weeks means she will be about 4.5 - 5 pounds full-grown. That is a really nice size! :D

Anyway about the socialization thing. I would recommend getting her signed up for some training if possible. PetSmart does some classes on weekends/evenings and will give her a good opportunity to socialize with other animals AND people/children. Bosco started at 12 weeks and really excelled in it. I'm sure Sera would too!

Continue to socialize her as much as possible. If you live near a nursing home or hospital you could call and ask if you could bring Sera in to visit some of the residents/patients. Bring Sera to the local hardware store (they tend to not care about pets being in the store as much as other types of stores). Also if she is not familiar with a friend or relative of yours, have them spend one-on-one time with Sera, picking her up, giving her treats, etc. while you are NOT in the room.

I have read that a puppy leaving the litter too soon can cause socialization problems with other animals as well as humans. I know I had to work hard/continue to work hard to socialize Bosco every opportunity I get. I picked him up at 7 weeks of age (all his littermates were already gone by the time I picked him up) so I had the same situation you had with Sera. Since we can't go back in time and change the fact that we brought our dogs home before we should have we just have to work with them extra-hard to make them well-adjusted little doggies. Keep on socializing as much as you can. Try to introduce a new environment every week if you can. She'll get better. Good luck!
 

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Thanks! That was great advice! :D
BUT the only problem is .. She doesnt have all her vacc. and the vet told me that she isnt supposed to come i contact with other dogs... and thats why i hesitate letting her be pet by others who might have a dog .... i still do it though... i dont know, what should i do about that? ask the vet again?
 

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Wendy about the biting thing....Poppy was terrible at first, she used to nip and bite us all and it became a real problem. Then I asked a friend of mine who had a Chi what she did and she told me this;
If your puppy nips and bites your fingers when you play with her, you should yelp out loud "OUCH!!" and immediately put her on the floor alone and ignore her for 5 minuites. Every time she nips you, do the same, then pick her up and play with her again.Every time she nips you, cry out loud and ignore her...keep doing this and she will eventually realise that when she bites, she loses your attention. You have to be really firm about this and do it absolutely every time...but it does work. Now Poppy rarely nips us, and if she does, she gets the ignoring treatment, which she hates!
It does work even though it seems to take a while but basically, pups who left their Mom too early (Poppy was 8 weeks) do not learn that biting hurts! When they nip or bite their litter mates, they yelp out and the Mom gives the offender a little nip back! Poppy didnt learn this, as it seems Sera didnt either, so they just have to learn that biting is a big NO!!
Good luck!
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Oh she won't get her final shot till about 4 more weeks, huh? I forgot about that. Well carry around anti-bacterial liquid and make people use it before touching her. LOL

You may want to just have people you trust (friends, family) handle her as much as possible until those 16-week shots. Be sure to have them handle her while you are out of the room.

That's the only advice I can come up with. Good luck! Be sure to praise her if she shows any affection to someone else like licking their hand or wagging her tail.

Anna
 

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Boogaloo said:
Oh she won't get her final shot till about 4 more weeks, huh? I forgot about that. Well carry around anti-bacterial liquid and make people use it before touching her. LOL
Shouldn't she be more concerned about coming into contact with other dogs that haven't had all their shots? I'm not sure what anti-bacterial liquid would do for that... :p

But, I agree with Anna in getting different members of the family/friends to handle her for periods and have one-on-one time. That's what I did, and it has seemed to work.
 

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i'll continue trying my hardest to get her to turn out like most of the great chi's on this forum. My mom and dads aniversery party is coming up.. 25 people or so will be there, i cant wait to get her there socializing! (yes she is coming with me)
You might want to reconsider taking her with you.
That is an awful lot of people to introduce her to all at once. You might end up terrifying her and this would cause more harm than good.
She needs to get used to people slowly, in small amounts and gradually increasing.

I know this is not what you want to hear, so flame away!
But I am thinking of what would be best for your pup.
 
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