Hello to all of you! This is my first thread. So I do apologize if it's been typed before.
I have an 8 week old smooth coat Jack Russell Terrier (JRT) puppy coming home next week. I've been and still read as much info that I can get my eye balls on. (LOL) To better help with his transition into my home. He's coming from a registered kennel and leaving his Mum and litter mates for the first time. Does anyone have any advice to help out with his first couple of days? It's much appreciated!
***Edited By: irishgirl on 5/18/2006 8:08:20 PM*** Reason: spelling mistake
I don't have experience with JRT but I do with 8 week old puppy & my advice would be to just keep the house fairly calm so the puppy doesn't get excited or scared... Start immediatley with potty training & house rules... & also crate training.
My guy came home with a blanket & stuffy toy from the breeder which had the scent of his litter mates on it & I placed it in the crate with him. He adjusted really well, crate training took a little while but is so worth it.
Congrats on your new puppy! I met a JRT last weekend that was the cutest thing. And very vocal! She was 3 years old and very small, smaller than average, I think.
She wanted to get behind the screen and into the fireplace. She was dead set on it. She tried and tried and then started barking for us to help. When we did, she grabbed out a piece of wood (which she had had her eye on the whole time) bounded out of there and proceeded to try and get us to throw the wood for her. Which of course, we did!
~shinyblackpit~ My puppy's Sire is a broken coat champion standing at 12 inches. His Dam is a registered purebred smooth coat standing at 10 inches. They are really both beautiful looking dogs. I had the chance to meet both of them. Both of them are really sweet tempered. As soon as I figure out how to post photos on this board I'll put some up! (LOL)
With both of my puppies, I bought a thing called a "Snuggle Puppy". If you look it up, i'm sure you'll find them. I think they run 30-40 dollars. They have a heartbeat controlled by battery, and they also get warm to simulate a momma dog. Hope it helps. It did me. :D
~suebgone~ Thanks very much for all the helpful advice! From what I've read and the questions I've asked from a few registered breeders. It seems 8 weeks is the earliest you can take a puppy home.
There are some breeds of dogs who require the 12 weeks of puppy socialization with his/her Mum and littermates. I could be wrong... and if I am please direct me to this source. I work at home so my puppy will never be by himself. Also I bought a pet approved teddy bear for him. It's with the breeder right now. To have the scent of his littermates and Mum put upon it.
Can I ask what sort of problems he might have as a result of leaving his litter too early?
Yes Irishgirl... weimaraner's are also known as "ghost dog's" & thank you.
As far as 8 weeks go... 8 weeks is usually the norm for leaving mom & litter mates, unless they are being shipped. 12 weeks would also be okay as long as the breeder was giving a lot of human socialization & started with the rules & potty training. But I had a bad experience with a Shar-Pei pup who was 12 weeks old when I got him... I believe that the breeder, who kept the pup's in an outdoor kennel, did not properly socialize the pup with humans. He was good for sleeping in a separate room that was closed off with a gate, but he didn't listen to us at all. That lasted for 1 week & my ex-husband took him back cause we just couldn't do anything with him, but get him into his room to sleep.
That was my experience with 12 weeks... I got Beau at 8 weeks to the day & it has been a lot better experience.
~my weim~ Hello and thanks a puppy bunch for those websites! My puppys litter was whelped inside his home. He also has two cats and many canaries. Which is a good thing because I also have two cats and two Zebra Finches.
When I went to view the two male pups at 6 weeks to make my selection. I couldn't hold or pet them due to having had no vaccinations. I carefully watched both human and puppy interaction when he did hold them himself. I noticed when he talked to them they were bold and effecionate with him. I'm taking that to be a good sign. All four paws crossed that it! (LOL)
Irishgirl... that is good that the puppy is so responsive to humans. It must have sucked that you couldn't hold your puppy, my breeder (& I've heard of other's) not letting people come to visit pup's before 3 weeks of age, but after that they could come & visit & I am sure touch the puppy. But I suppose the breeder is just being cautious.
Well by 7 weeks, the puppy should have his shots... do you get to go & visit him frequently? If so, then you should be able to handle him.
By the time I got my puppy at 8 weeks, he was already started on his potty training & it was so cute... the breeders would call out "come puppies" & they would all start following her & she would open the door & she would say "go potty" & "hurry up" & they were understanding her. It made my job that much easier when I got Beau. I still used the hurry up comand & a lot of the times, he is right on que.
~My Weim~ Hello... Yes indeed!... it was horrible not being able to hold him! To be honest I was actually glad that the breeder was so concerned with their health.
The breeder lives a 2 hour drive away from me. I've gone once since selecting my pup for a visit. I'm not ashamed to admit this but on the drive back. I sniffled quite a bit! Okay.. a lot! It hurt so much just to say "Until later my Baby Boy!". I think I've got it bad with loving this little poopsy! (LOL)
Yes!... definitely going to crate train him! His crate will be in my kitchen. Which means I'll be setting up a sleeping cot there for myself. So as I'll be able to wake up during the night and take him outside for potty breaks. I'd put his crate in the bedroom but it's upstairs on another floor. I thought better in the kitchen that way his outside route will be much closer and faster. Just until he's able to hold it during the night then I'll transfer his crate upstairs into my bedroom. As soon as he's house broken he can sleep anywhere he likes.
Irishgirl... So when do you get to pick him up? Cause I can't wait to see pic's of him. Don't forget, you have Dogster & Photobucket (just to name 2) that you can put photos up of your baby & I for one can't wait to see your little guy.
Best of luck... Keep us posted.
***Edited By: MyWeim on 5/19/2006 2:07:39 PM*** Reason: sp
~My Weim~ Hello again! My pick up date is next Wednesday on the 24th of May. If all goes well... paws crossed.
It truly depends on his vaccinations this week. Then having to wait the standard 5 days afterwards. Just to make sure he's okay. I've heard that he should really wait 10 days after the vaccinations. Have you heard this by any chance? I do have a digi pic of him at 6 weeks on my computer. Honestly I have no idea how to post it on this board! I can't seem to find any instructions on the board either. (confused??)
Don't give him the run of the house. Dont even let him see anything but the kitchen at first. Get that pottytraining down before he gets to visit the other rooms and then only one area at a time until you know he's trainied.
Take it from me, get off to a bad start with this and you fight it forever.
I think Terrier puppies are the worst biters of all when they have puppy teeth....both of my girls were like land pirannahs. I didnt think they would EVER kiss us.....If you run into this, I have some educational stuff saved I can give to you.
My gf just got a choc lab puppy and its 8 wks old and I was like. OMG I can hold it!!! it was sweet and laid back....I dont know what that is like...
~lalayla~ Thanks for the tips! I've read so much info that after a while it all begins to all look the same. Definitely think I've reached my saturation point with those websites! (LOL)
However I luv the concept of chatting with those who presently have a dog or have gone or going through these experiences themselves! It just seems to have more impact then text reading.
~TraumaMamma~ Can I first say... both your babies are very beautiful! Luv both the names by the way! I'm still debating on my pups name. So far "Digger" seems to be at the top of the list! (LOL) However I'm still going to wait a week. So as I can get a feel for his personality or any little quirks that submerge!
I'm border line excited and mad as a hatter that "NEXT" week is going to be my baby's homcoming! Even having to wake up during the night can't seem to squelch me excitment of puppyhood! Oh!... I've got it so bad! (LOL)