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5 week old lab/pit mix

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My roommate and I just picked up two lab/pit mix puppies on Sunday. As of today, they are 5 weeks old. I just wanted to make sure I'm doing everything correctly.
We've been feeding them small puppy food soaked in water to help soften. How much and how often should we feed them? We've been doing 2 times a day, but someone suggested 3 times/day with smaller portions (we've been giving them 1.5 cups each).
Also, I'm planning to get Duke's shots next week once they turn 6 weeks, is this too early? And I was planning on having him fixed in 6 months.
Any tips, or if you see anything I'm not doing, please let me know.
Here are some pics, mine is the black male (Duke) and roommate's is the white female (Daphney)

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They're still really young to be away from mom. I've adopted/fostered a few pups that left their moms at 6 weeks old and they did okay but I attribute that to having an older dog that's always been very "motherly" to young pups and teaching them proper canine manners. They're going to need tons of socialization after they're fully vaccinated. Puppy training classes are great for socialization and training.

But aside from that, I'd recommend feeding them four times a day until they're a few months old and then three times a day (gradually going to two times a day after 6 months old or so). And yes, 6 weeks is a good age to start them on a vaccination and de-worming schedule and to get them thoroughly checked out by the vet.
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