(Closed) Help with puppy and family situation

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Busy bee

Some immediate issues: first of all, puppies aren’t meant to be separated from their mothers until at least 8 weeks. They get so much of their socialization from the mom and the litter. They must have purchased him from an irresponsible breeder and more likely than not a BYB. They didn’t care to give the dog the proper vet care and could not bother to clean up after it. All this tells me they knew nothing about dogs going in, did no research, and should not be dog owners. 

Also, he is only a puppy. He doesn’t know bite inhibition and how to play properly, he’s had no proper learning (especially since the mom wasn’t there to correct him since he was sold so quick.) I understand rehoming when there is no choice and another dogs safety is involved but I don’t think this situation is quite that dire. Did you introduce the dogs properly? Separate them for a while and get a trainer. 

Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Get a trainer asap. His ”habits” are not permanent and with proper training the puppy will behave well and won’t fight/scratch. He probably has hoarding problems because of the prior environment with 3 other aggressive dogs where he had to fend for himself. You took him in, accepted the responsibility so I don’t think it’s fair of you to give up after a few weeks without getting a professional behavioralist trainer for the pup. You’re not a professional and your anxiety could be feeding into his behavior. It’s the least you can do. GL

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

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hbraerae :  In my book, a defenseless animal is much more of a priority than careless people such as his previous owners. Please follow your instincts, and find the poor pup a caring home.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

Hes a puppy. He needs trained. They have sprays available at your local farm/livestock store that will break him of his “habit” to eat his own feces. It’s going to take more than a couple of weeks to fix learned behavior but he isnt broken. He wont etsy like that forever, especially with a trained dog in the home. Your other pooch will be fine. A few little scabs and scratches from rough play really won’t hurt him. Honestly, you cant sit up on a high horse when you talk about “the son” when you yourself are not willing to put in the minimal effort needed to train this poor dog. 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2016

Fuck them. They don’t have any business with a dog. Especially since he said “It’s just a dog. I’ll treat it how I want.” He has no papers to prove his ownership, he has no claim. He can stay mad.

My only question is how much experience does this older couple have? If they aren’t skilled at retraining this puppy and then end up getting rid of him, he could easily become a pet that is hard to home just because your friend’s son and girlfriend are irresponsible and foolish.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

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hbraerae :  If you really don’t want to keep him, its good that you’ll find him a suitable home but will this older couple be able to handle a puppy? Regardless, do not return this dog to the original owners. Absolutely do not. Would I risk losing my best friend over an animal? Ya damn right. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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hbraerae :  

What the hell kind of “breeder” sells a five week old puppy to irresponsible owners?  I can’t get past that.

The poor little thing.

Contact your local Shih Tzu rescue for help.  Meanwhile, keep the pup safely crated when you can’t watch him.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2017 - Seattle, WA

I’m so confused, how old is the dog? By your OP it sounds like he’s not even 10 weeks old yet.  

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2019

I am sad that there are people out there that care so little for living creatures. I am a huge animal lover and it really saddens me when people are cruel and hard to animals. Especially when they have been told. 

BUT the POSITIVE to all of this is it sounds like you found a loving and sweet family to care for him which I am so so happy about. Please be sure to meet them in person so you can use your spidey senses to make sure they aren’t animal abusers (it doesnt sound like it but I would want to double check in person). 

God bless you for not giving him back to people who are mean to animals. I feel really bad for their other pets ;(

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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hbraerae :  

 Puppies are supposed to get their early immunity from their mother’s milk, assuming she is properly vaccinated herself.  Until that immunity wears off, the vet-given shots won’t take.  The problem is, nobody knows precisely when that will be.  That’s why puppies get a series of shots.

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

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avprobeauty :  

Good point.  One good way to check out prospective adopters is to get a vet reference.

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