We have a 2 & 3/4 lb. female chihuahua. She will be 3 years old this month. We got her at age 6 weeks. Ever since we got her-she chooses a certain stuffed toy to become attached to. She will actually try to "nurse" this chosen toy. Her feet pushing and all, as though trying to coax milk from it. Now, this is cute, just wondering if anyone had ever seen the like.
6 weeks is way too young to seperate a puppy, especially a small breed puppy from it's littermates and mother. They need that extra time with their doggy family, 8 to 10 weeks usually. It sounds like she was weaned away from them too early.
Doesn't matter if the mother weaned the dog. Just because they are weaned doesn't mean they are ready to go. And, despite the many reasons why your dog was taken away from the litter at too early an age, it still happened, and behaviors like the one you mentioned are going to be the result of that.
"Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else."
It is a common practice with "backyard breeders" to get rid of the puppies as early as they can. Thus, they have little to no money invested in the litter and therefore more profits. But damned to the unsuspecting people that purchase their puppies. They are stuck with a lifetime of problems.
That it does. However, it is more likely to happen to a dog who was removed from his mother and littermates before he was ready. That is why responsible breeders are now keeping puppies for longer than 8 weeks. They've learned from their mistakes. BYBs and puppymillers don't 'cause they just don't care; keeping puppies longer takes away from their bottom line.