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Hi Everyone,

My Name is Jenn, I'm a new Chi pup owner. I introduced myself in the Newbie forum. My Chi is named Hershey, he is only little over 6 wks old. I eventually want to take him with me when I go places, such as visiting family and such, but I figure I need to wait until he is a little older. Am I right about this? He is so tiny and young, and I'm trying to puppy pad train him, so staying home is best for now, right? Or not? I'm grateful for any info/advice. Thank you so much! :)
 

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I probably wouldn't take your baby around alot of little kids or certainly around other dogs for a while. The kids could hurt him her and you need to make sure your pup has had all it's shots before getting it around other animals or where other animals go potty.

That being said Bella hasn't ever spent a night away from me since I got her at 4 weeks old. We went out of town for a week right after we got her & she went along. She was so tiny though that I just put papers down for her to potty on and she was quiet because well she slept with me on the couch.Yes she's been spoiled since I got her :) Good luck with your new baby.
 

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I took Cooper with me everywhere from day one. I slapped a leash on him and he went to the coffee shop, friends' houses, everywhere. I only allowed him on the ground in locations that I knew were safe and if there were dogs wherever we went, I knew the dogs and their owners personally. I didn't want him to "grow up" thinking he was fragile and had to be coddled, so I just let him explore the world while I watched to make sure he wasn't getting into trouble.

Just use your best judgement but be sure to socialize your pup early because that's when it's important. :)
 

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best thing is to wait until all his vaccinations are given !! (prob.12 weeks ) then you can take it everywhere with you to socialize properly :wave:

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xx-nathalie-xx said:
best thing is to wait until all his vaccinations are given !! (prob.12 weeks ) then you can take it everywhere with you to socialize properly :wave:


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I agree, but NEVER keep your chi away from children Always supervise. This way your chi will like kids :D. Allow children to stroke but palm out when attempting. AND supervison
 

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Lexi was with me everywhere from the day I got her home.
I didn't let her on the ground or near dogs until her 11th week when she had all her injections, but I carried her in her carrier on the bus, in the car, to friends' houses, my parents etc. She met all sorts of people from the beginning which I think really helped her.
She never gets aggresive or barks at strangers, I think early socialisation is so important so long as you do it safely.

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My Chi is named Hershey, he is only little over 6 wks old.
That being said Bella hasn't ever spent a night away from me since I got her at 4 weeks old.
Too young to go places? :shock: These dogs are too young to be anywhere else but with their mothers!! :? I don't understand breeders that give their dogs away before turning 8 weeks...... It is very important for dog's future to stay with their mom in these crucial days, not just to learn how to interact with other dogs, but also grow up to healthy, strong individuals.....

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My Chi is named Hershey, he is only little over 6 wks old.
That being said Bella hasn't ever spent a night away from me since I got her at 4 weeks old.
Too young to go places? :shock: These dogs are too young to be anywhere else but with their mothers!! :? I don't understand breeders that give their dogs away before turning 8 weeks...... It is very important for dog's future to stay with their mom in these crucial days, not just to learn how to interact with other dogs, but also grow up to healthy, strong individuals.....

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Yep I know the breeder said she was 7 weeks and I didn't know until she couldn't eat regular food when I got her home so I had to feed her with a syringe. I found out when I recieved her papers her true age , but wasn't about to give her back.She had fleas so bad when I got her I had to hold her in water and pick them off daily.She really healthy and great now.
 

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Ory&C said:
My Chi is named Hershey, he is only little over 6 wks old.
That being said Bella hasn't ever spent a night away from me since I got her at 4 weeks old.
Too young to go places? :shock: These dogs are too young to be anywhere else but with their mothers!! :? I don't understand breeders that give their dogs away before turning 8 weeks...... It is very important for dog's future to stay with their mom in these crucial days, not just to learn how to interact with other dogs, but also grow up to healthy, strong individuals.....

Christina
I have noticed a big difference of opinion about what's appropriate at what age for a puppy. I agree that a puppy needs to have coverage of its shots before too much interaction with the world. The bad thing is you don't know when mom's coverage wears off and until it does, my understanding is the shot is ineffective. This is why they have to have several shots.

But leaving a puppy with it's mom til 8 weeks? Try telling that to my momma dog and she'll probably bite you! :lol: Those little boogers have teeth at five weeks and she's pretty well done with them by 6 weeks. Kimmie is an excellent mother and she knows when to start weaning which she actually begins between 4 and 5 weeks. I have noticed that she will at times "discourage" nursing and encourages her pups to eat from a bowl. Boomer is less than 6 weeks old now, but he eats and drinks from a bowl (he did this on his own beginning at 4 weeks) and still nurses when Kimmie will let him. He interacts just fine with Jolie. But i will leave him with Kimmie for now,. Not because he needs her but for convenience for me.
 

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Too young to go places? :shock: These dogs are too young to be anywhere else but with their mothers!! :? I don't understand breeders that give their dogs away before turning 8 weeks...... It is very important for dog's future to stay with their mom in these crucial days, not just to learn how to interact with other dogs, but also grow up to healthy, strong individuals.....

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Cooper's birth mother was the most unsocialized dog I'd ever seen and, looking back, I'm glad I got him at 6 weeks. When we went to look at him at 4 weeks of age, the mother ran and hid from me and my mother when we entered the area where the breeder had the puppies. I was shocked that a mother dog would leave her puppies to save herself from danger.

It was that fact that almost had me convinced NOT to get Cooper. She ran from me again when I went to pick him up, leaving the pups to fend for themselves against this "horrible intruder". I had a lot of worries in the first few days about her actions and the "damage" it had done to Cooper.

This is only one individual experience though but I'm glad I got him away from her when I did so that "instinct" wasn't fully ingrained in his head. And he had no problems being seperated from her; he didn't even seem to care. Maybe he knew even then that he was about to be spoiled beyond his wildest dreams and there was no looking back. :D
 

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No one should be handling puppies people carry parvo too! you think by not putting the dog down will prevent it no it wont. it is a preventive measure but I certainly would not allow anyone to handle or touch my babies and never allow anyone in the room my pups would be whelped in
 

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It's not your fold guys that you took those dogs away from their mom so early :) , I blame the breeders. By the looks of it those breeders (the way you describe them) are not at all what I would call reputable, responsible breeders that take care of their puppie's wellbeing. Unfortunately :cry: .....

I have noticed a big difference of opinion about what's appropriate at what age for a puppy.
It is actually not something I made up, it's what every experienced breeder is going to tell you. Many of them won't even let their puppies leave home before they're 3 months old.


Try telling that to my momma dog and she'll probably bite you!
Well that's why we're smarted than dogs and we know better about what's good for them :wink: . What time is appropriate for puppies to leave home is not a secret at all..... dog breeders have been researching this subject for a long time. Even though they can eat proper food and even though their mother doesn't spend as much time with them, they still need to develop certain social skills that can only be developed between 6 and 8 weeks. Taking them away from brothers, sisters and mom does more harm than good.

Any reputable, experienced breeders around on this forum to back me up :wink: :D ?
 

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Janiebabes, I didn't let anyone touch Lexi, unless I knew they hadn't been near another unvaccinated dog. Particularly strangers, they were only allowed to look, not touch.

I don't think there's anything wrong with the socialisation I gave her at her age, I don't want to seem boastful but she's the best behaved dog I know and I know quite a few of all breeds. I did want to do this right though, so I bought 4 books on training.
I read them inside out before I even brought Lexi home, I've not picked them up since they hit home that good! :lol:

I think more prospective dog owners should read up on training before they get a puppy. My best friend has a dog and it's a terror :shock:
It's the dog I feel bad for, not the complaining owner.
 

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It has nothing to do with touching you can let anyone in your house they walk on grass they walk on foriegn ground they then carry it into your home on your carpeting. you cant see, it you cant smell it . but if your pup or pet gets it trust me you will know it and regret it. all it takes is it to be on your carpet your pup to walk on that carpet and lick itself or another littermate licking that pup or eating out of its food and then some. Puppies need to be with their moms and litter mates for there own well being. If someone is selling you a dog that young they are not reputable and just want to unload the litter and not put any more money or time into it. Ie: food, shots, worming, cleaning. :cry:
 

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Thanks everyone!

I only took Hershey at 6 weeks because the breeder was selling them to a pet store. I'd much rather have him in MY home at 6 weeks rather than a pet store having him. If were me, I'd wait to give the pups a home until they are about 8 to 10 weeks old, but that's me. Now 4 weeks is WAY early, but things happen I suppose. :dontknow: As long as we take proper care of our pups, we can deal with getting them early if there is really no choice.

I appreciate everyone's comments and help. Hershey has his first vet appointment on Thursday. :)
 

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It's not your fold guys that you took those dogs away from their mom so early :) , I blame the breeders. By the looks of it those breeders (the way you describe them) are not at all what I would call reputable, responsible breeders that take care of their puppie's wellbeing. Unfortunately :cry: .....

I have noticed a big difference of opinion about what's appropriate at what age for a puppy.
It is actually not something I made up, it's what every experienced breeder is going to tell you. Many of them won't even let their puppies leave home before they're 3 months old.


Try telling that to my momma dog and she'll probably bite you!
Well that's why we're smarted than dogs and we know better about what's good for them :wink: . What time is appropriate for puppies to leave home is not a secret at all..... dog breeders have been researching this subject for a long time. Even though they can eat proper food and even though their mother doesn't spend as much time with them, they still need to develop certain social skills that can only be developed between 6 and 8 weeks. Taking them away from brothers, sisters and mom does more harm than good.

Any reputable, experienced breeders around on this forum to back me up :wink: :D ?
So the pup who has no littermates and the pup who had to be bottlefed d/t illness or death of mom is "harmed" and has no chance to grow up to be a normal socially skilled dog? I disagree, but then, i also respect that you are entitled to your opinion just as i am.
 

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no but take a child whos mother had died giving birth let someone else care for it and raise it tell me that child isnt going to feel a loss to someone they never knew as an adult and wonder. because it was raised by a very good family.
take a child who was cuddled by its mom for a year who had a familiar scent who breast fed and sang then take it away and give it a person who places the child in crib and props a bottle up with a blanket and turns on mobile
now you tell me what that child will long for? Can they survive yes. will they have lasting affects most likely

Pets are no different than humans. would you allow your new born child to be handled by strangers or allow them to enter their living space? Of course not and why not?
 

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Pets are no different than humans. would you allow your new born child to be handled by strangers or allow them to enter their living space? Of course not and why not?
I'm not trying to start anything but with newborn babies, you take them to the grocery store, the mall... everywhere. They're bound to be touched by someone in that time, right?

I think if you use your best judgement and are aware of your surroundings, taking your puppy or baby or grandma anywhere is fine. I agree they should be at least 6 weeks old before seperated from their mothers but afterwards, everything is a risk, that's what life is.

Heck, I could walk out my front door and get hit by a bus. I still go out. I just look for buses.
 

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Well in my culture we didnt bring the newborn out till after it was Baptised and that was at a month old. And people were kind enough to know you just came home and had a newborn and respected the fact that maybe you and your hubby and baby needed that time alone. Sorry I cant relate
 
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