I just got what I was told to be a six week old puppy this past sunday...(my other post tells why I got him under 8 weeks). Anyway I emailed the lady I bought him from last night to see when his birthday is so I know and she said that she thinks either the 3rd or 4th of August...that means that as of right now he's not even 6 weeks old. I feel terrible about him being away from his mom and litter mates so young but he was the last one anyway. I have a 14 month old Basset Hound who does great with him. She's plays with him and keeps an eye on him like a big sister should. So far he's been okay with being put into his kennel when I have classes (I'm never gone more than 2 hours at a time) but tomorrow I have to work from 3-8 and I'm worried about him being in his crate that long. I'm just really at a lose as to what to do with a puppy this young. I know it's going to be a lot of work and I'm ready for it but I can't really find anything on the net about what to do, so suggestions are very welcome!
Personally for a puppy that young, I would hold off on crating for now. At that age they potty very often and the young age in combination with their lack of control will start bad crate habits. Can you section off a room with a gate that is puppy proofed and preferable tile/lanoleum floor? You can place water, papers/pads, his bed, etc in his area until he is older and can be trained effectively. Excercie pens also make great puppy areas if you dont have a room to use. Just make sure it is secured so as not to fall over/collapse if he jumps on it repeatedly.
People are like slinky's, not really good for much. But its still fun to push them down the stairs.
If you don't have a room with suitable flooring you can also use a kiddie swimming pool for the little guy. Put towels on one side and shredded paper on the other. I do this with pups, but I also have a X-pen around it because my pups can climb out easily at 4-6 weeks old. Is there anyway the puppy can go to work with you, or you can find a friend to pet sit for those few hours you work?
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
I agree an X pen would help. Curious as to why the breeder "thinks" the 3rd or 4th, breeder should know not think. Nice the baby has another pup you have helping out. Sweet!! Post some picturers when you can.
Below is a picture of a soft sided x pen. If you want to PM me I can tell you where to order it from, I dont think I can post the web site on the forum as many places do sell them. They also come in plastic and metal but I think they may be dangerous as your baby is so small could injur itself.
I didn't get him from a breeder. I got him from a lady who had the mom and the pups because the owner was an elderly woman who got put into the hospital and the money I paid is going towards her house payments.