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i got my pit puppy yesterday, she is 4 weeks old, yes i know that early to be away from momma but her momma wasnt a good momma and stopped feeding them over a week ago. She is eating puppy food(purina puppy chow mixed with pedigree canned puppy food), drinks water from a bowl. Extremely active and surprisingly she is using the puppy pads. She is playing with toys like her rope toy thats the same size as she is. She is a cutey pie.

 

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momma dog usually stop feeding their puppies at around 4 weeks so thats normal. it's no reason to take the puppy away if it's eating solid food.
 

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Pictures please.... We all love puppy pictures. Sounds like you are trying to do right by this little puppy and that is wonderful. Make sure to get that puppy into a bunch of early puppy socialization classes. She is going to need them to learn the skills she is missing from being away from her mama and her litter mates so early.
 

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she is doing good here. Momma doesnt want anything to do with them anymore. First litter for her so she probably doesnt really know what to do.

Eris is doing great though. She's been playing and using the puppy pads. Im making an appointment with my vet to have her seen for a check up.

all i know is she sleeps in some funny positions. She is on the couch next to me sleeping

Pictures please.... We all love puppy pictures. Sounds like you are trying to do right by this little puppy and that is wonderful. Make sure to get that puppy into a bunch of early puppy socialization classes. She is going to need them to learn the skills she is missing from being away from her mama and her litter mates so early.
all my friends have dogs so we will do puppy play dates and she will go to and from school when i bring my daughters to school so she learns to be socialized around strangers too. Im going to make sure i have a well behaved pit bull.
 

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Agreed, it wasn't a case of the mama rejecting the pup, at least from what you say in your post,but just the normal weaning process. If you can't allow the pup to go back to his mama and littermates, it's important that you get him around a healthy, dog friendly dog, preferably a bitch (they tend to be more firm in enforcing the "rules") that has its shots up to date so that the pup can learn the things, such as bite inhibition, it should be learning right now from mama and siblings.

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Agreed, it wasn't a case of the mama rejecting the pup, at least from what you say in your post,but just the normal weaning process. If you can't allow the pup to go back to his mama and littermates, it's important that you get him around a healthy, dog friendly dog, preferably a bitch (they tend to be more firm in enforcing the "rules") that has its shots up to date so that the pup can learn the things, such as bite inhibition, it should be learning right now from mama and siblings.

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i will make sure she is well socialized. I love the pit bull breed. I've taken in many a neglected pit bull, even bought a whole litter at one point--owner was keeping them all locked in garage in a crate with no socialization. I know the bad rep this beautiful loving breed gets, they dont deserve it...sorry tad passionate about my stand on certain subjects.

will post pictures soon.
 

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Please post pictures soon!

I feel bad that the poor girl didn't get to stay with her litter mates but you sound like you are going to do the right thing and start socializing her with other dogs and people....a puppy class would be a great way to do that as well like Inga said.....I hope momma gets spayed...I'm not a fan of a breeder that is letting 4 week old puppies go.....I hope they know what they are doing.:(


Do you have an plans to do activities with your pup?....we are starting to get into weight pull with our girl Isis.....I will be going to my first weight pull comp this summer (we won't be participating) to get a feel for the sport and meet a ton of awesome APBT people and AB people

also if you want to put you pup out there as a good representative of the breed you may want to look into getting your pup her CGC....we will be taking our test this fall ....:D

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Please post pictures soon!

I feel bad that the poor girl didn't get to stay with her litter mates but you sound like you are going to do the right thing and start socializing her with other dogs and people....a puppy class would be a great way to do that as well like Inga said.....I hope momma gets spayed...I'm not a fan of a breeder that is letting 4 week old puppies go.....I hope they know what they are doing.:(


Do you have an plans to do activities with your pup?....we are starting to get into weight pull with our girl Isis.....I will be going to my first weight pull comp this summer (we won't be participating) to get a feel for the sport and meet a ton of awesome APBT people and AB people

also if you want to put you pup out there as a good representative of the breed you may want to look into getting your pup her CGC....we will be taking our test this fall ....:D

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whats the CGC?
 

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The CGC is the AKC Canine Good Citizen, a "good manners" test so to speak that can be passed with a some training and effort. It's very good for the so-called 'dangerous' breeds to get their CGC. Some laws, insurances, landlords, etc take the CGC into account when forming their policies. Dogs that have a recent CGC certificate may be exempt from bans and restrictions. (Even if you don't have Breed Laws in your area, the CGC is still a wonderful thing to work on because it shows the rest of the dog community your dedication to your dog and breed)

I did it with my dog; it is a fun training experience and it lets everyone know that your dog is safe in public!

http://www.akc.org/events/cgc/

Make sure you socialize your pup with lots of people and dogs/animals. You sound like you've raised Pits before, so you know the possibilities of dog/animal aggression are real. I definitely agree with those who told you to go to puppy training classes - it is an awesome experience and exposes the pup to all kinds of new things in a safe place.

Best of luck, keep us updated, and pictures please!
 

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i got my pit puppy yesterday, she is 4 weeks old, yes i know that early to be away from momma but her momma wasnt a good momma and stopped feeding them over a week ago. She is eating puppy food(purina puppy chow mixed with pedigree canned puppy food), drinks water from a bowl. Extremely active and surprisingly she is using the puppy pads. She is playing with toys like her rope toy thats the same size as she is. She is a cutey pie.

Even if Mom wasn't feeding them, she needs to be with her and the littermates. Mom's have alot of VERY important lessons to teach pups and they learn bite inhibition from their siblings. the 4-8 weeks period is crucial in the social development of a pup, just as 2-4 years old is crucail for a human child. It's when pups learn what is and isn't 'acceptable' behavior in the dog world as well as how to read another dog body language and the appropriate response to that language.

I'd also NOT allow this young of pup to be in thge crib with your infant, ther have been cases where young pups have tried to 'nurse' on a childs toes and have injured the child doing so because of the small razor sharp teeth they have.

I strogly reccomend you check out these sites and books

http://doggonesafe.com/
Raising Children with Pets: Keeping Children Safe Around a Family ...


Raising a Puppy with an Infant - Associated Content


LIVING WITH KIDS AND DOGS...WITHOUT LOSING YOUR MIND
HAPPY KIDS, HAPPY DOGS
 

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Very cute puppy...how do you pronounce her name? :)
 

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Air-is? :p

Such a cutie!
air-ees

greek goddess of discord
Eris
by Ryan Tuccinardi
Eris is the Greek goddess of discord and strife. She is Ares' constant companion and follows him everywhere. Eris is sinister and mean, and her greatest joy is to make trouble. She has a golden apple that is so bright and shiny everybody wants to have it. When she throws it among friends, their friendship come to a rapid end. When she throws it among enemies, war breaks out, for the golden apple of Eris is the Apple of Discord. She did this once during the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and this act brought about the Trojan War.

im into greek mythology. if i ever got a male dog his name would be Ares
 

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air-ees

greek goddess of discord
Eris
by Ryan Tuccinardi
Eris is the Greek goddess of discord and strife. She is Ares' constant companion and follows him everywhere. Eris is sinister and mean, and her greatest joy is to make trouble. She has a golden apple that is so bright and shiny everybody wants to have it. When she throws it among friends, their friendship come to a rapid end. When she throws it among enemies, war breaks out, for the golden apple of Eris is the Apple of Discord. She did this once during the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and this act brought about the Trojan War.

im into greek mythology. if i ever got a male dog his name would be Ares
Hopefully your pup doesn't act like Eris! :p
 
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