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Old 07-12-2010, 02:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I know puppies shouldn't be brought home until age 6-8 weeks, but tomorrow we are bringing home our new puppy of 4 weeks. Any tips as to how to begin potty training, and if his early age is a problem. And around how much time is spent sleeping?
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Old 07-12-2010, 03:22 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Is there a reason you are bringing him home so young? Its illegal in most states to sell a puppy under 8 weeks of age. Its very vital for their development, and at 4 weeks they should still be on mamas milk.
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That is not advisable....he needs his mama at only 4wks. Really not a good idea. He is not even weaned yet. Why do you have to bring the baby home at only 4 weeks? In most states, this is not even legal. I would be wary of this breeder for damn sure!!! NOT GOOD AT ALL!
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Wow 4 weeks, that is craziness! First thing I would do is head to vet get him checked out and see what the vet recommends.
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I am hoping there is a really good reason for bringing home a pup at 4 weeks. Are you fostering? Did the momma die? Four weeks is too early to potty train, have puppy food etc. This baby needs mother's milk and the socialization of the other pups in the litter. If this puppy is from a breeder and the breeder is suggesting bringing the puppy home at 4 weeks, I would run away and report them. We are not trying to be harsh to you - it's just that this is way too early!

Good luck with your decision.
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Please please if you can dont get him yet, he needs to be with mum still, its the wrong thing for you and him to go so early
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Old 07-12-2010, 12:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yes this age is a huge problem. And believe it or not, most states do not have laws against this.

But unless something is going on with the mom that you are taking him out of the litter so early is it highly unadvised. Not just for a training standpoint, your puppy will be underdeveloped psychologically and could lead to a lot more work on your end or possibly an unstable dog.

If you are asking about potty training a 4 week old puppy I am guessing you did not do too much research on this. If the breeder is willing to give the pup up so young (unless a huge problem/foster dog) I would pass on this breeder.
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This has "bad idea" written all over it. I would recommend holding off if the situation allows it.
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have to agree with everyone else, 4 weeks is just too young for a pup to be away from its mother and siblings!!! They learn alot about socializing at this age from their mother and siblings and to take that away from a pup is a big set back and as other's have said it could lead to future training and behavior problems. I have fostered and taken in countless stray and abandoned dogs and puppies. The youngest litter I ever taken in was 2 weeks old becaus their mother died and at that age they need constant round the clock care, and I tried to socialize and help them the best I could with my own dogs,cats,children but they didnt do too well...and a week later we got a break when a stray mother dog came in who had just had a litter with only one pup surviving so we placed the pups with her and it made a world of difference for those puppies because they learned skills that they otherwise might not have had they not had her. Please hold off on bringing that pup home not only for the puppies sake but yours as well unless there is an issue with the mother dog....even then it would be best to leave the pups with the breeder and its siblings until 8 wks of age at the least!
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Bringing a boxer home at 4 weeks old is not a good idea at all. He still needs his mom amd siblings if at all possible. It can be done but it will be hard.I brought Jax home at 6 weeks and he was 2 lbs. i stressed every time that i Left him. At 4 weeks they cannot regulate their own body temperture . If you have the will you can do this and the puppy should be fine.He will take up a lot of your time and will require a lot of attention. Jax will be 9 weeks old wed and he is 4.6 lbs now. He is still waking up to go outside during the night and is out alam clock between 3:30 and 4 . If there is no way the puppy can stay with his mom than you are doing the right thing. Good luck and best wishes.
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