(Closed) Pet store puppy – help!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Dollygold: What are you feeding her currently?

Stay away from the big “name brand” foods like Science Diet, Beneful, Iams, etc.

Look for a food that has real meat in the ingredients list and doesn’t contain wheat, corn, or other fillers.

Get her enrolled in puppy classes and then obedience classes. When she’s old enough and her growth plates are fused, look into agility or other active classes & training.

Make sure she stays at a healthy weight (do not overfeed).

What kind of dog is she?

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think the best things to do would be:

a) Don’t coddle her because of how you think she’s disadvantaged. Dogs don’t think like that. ๐Ÿ™‚

b) Make sure her general health is well taken care of; proper diet, medications, etc.

I really don’t think there’s much else to do. Just love her and take care of her like you would any other dog! I had sort of similar issues; I gave my puppies the benefit of the doubt sometimes because “they were cute” and “they were my rescue babies.” Then I read something about how my dogs have NO IDEA where they are from and at this point don’t even remember that they were brought home from the animal shelter. Lol

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Dollygold: I’ve heard Orijen is a good food. Just make sure that you wait until her plates are sealed to do any jumping types of agility.

Just make sure she is well socialized and like@AmeliaBedelia: said don’t coddle her. Treat her like any other puppy and love her to death but make sure that she is obedient and in good shape.

Sounds like she found her way into a great home.

What’s her name? Do you have pictures?

ETA Saw you just posted a pic, she is ADORABLE!!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

omg that photo is precious

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Oh my goodness she is so damn cute!!  That face is just so precious!!  And yeah, in addition to what PP have said, just make sure she gets all of her routine work done at the vet, and you can always call your vet if you have any concerns – that’s what I do.  All dogs will have health problems.  Just make sure to monitor her. 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Dollygold: Hehe, yup! She’s definitely in a much better home now.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Dollygold: Be careful… Like the PP said, when her plates are fused. Dogs can’t compete in agility until they are two years old, because their bone structures aren’t completely developed. My MIL teaches an agility class, is the state D.O.G coordinator, and an AKC registered evaluator. Do obedience and puppy classes first.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

So cute! And what a perfect name ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@Dollygold: Good deal. I know Petco/Petsmart offers puppy classes for basic obedience and socialization. I live too far away from one to participate, but I’ve heard good things. And your dog is cute!! Is her breed a type of “spitz”? Like a Pomeranian, Keeshond, etc? I think those dogs are so beautiful, but my husband hates it when dogs get too fluffy so no go.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

My goodness, what a sweet face! I agree with the others, feed her well, stay on top of her shots and regular vet care, and she has as good a chance as any for a long, happy life. She will probably go through an adjustment period (though it may be shorter given her young age). Our rescued adult lab mix acted out quite a bit for the first couple of weeks we had him home. I was so upset at first and thought maybe the shelter had made a mistake letting us adopt him! But all of a sudden, he completely calmed down, and we really haven’t had a bad day since in two years. He suddenly “got it” that he was going to be attended to, fed and walked regularly, so there was no need to act on his anxiety anymore. Maybe he just forgot his unfortunate origins? Who knows how the doggy brain works. ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, good luck, and major kudos to you for taking the puppy in after the less-than-stellar start she had.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

That is one cute puppy.  I’m sure your vet is right and that’s she’s in perfectly good health.  My parents bought a couple puppy mill dogs when I was a kid (it was the eighties and people weren’t as informed back then!!) and they lived long and full lives.  As long as she’s fed well and has the care she needs I’m sure she’ll be just fine.  And kudos to you for saving her from that childish, neglectful twit!!!!

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