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As I posted before I am hand rearing my 2 week little girl after my bitch rejected her she doing really well but trying to get advice or set up playdates find her a friend seems impossible as a lot of people only advise sending her to a home with suragate mother for her, with advice from vet I was told I'm doing a great job and to keep her with me not that I would send her away she is amazing and I love her so much please any help appreciated
 

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Did she ever get a chance to nurse from mom, and if so for how long? My biggest concern with a hand-reared puppy so young is how fragile and vulnerable to disease they are. A lot of natural antibodies come from mom's milk, especially the colostrum she produces right after birth, so if she didn't get a chance to get these I'd be hesitant to expose her to other litters. If you're lucky enough to have a local dog club or a shelter/rescue that frequently fosters litters, you can ask around these places to see if anyone has a litter of a similar age and is reputable, clean, and as safe as possible (for you too, with covid, baby puppies get chilly fast and so you'd likely have to be in someone's home), but I'd still be inclined to wait until she's had her first shot at 6-8 weeks due to immunity concerns

In the meantime, you can look into strategies for raising singleton puppies that you can start now. These are both good articles from trainers (Dr. McConnell's actually a behaviorist) with excellent reputations describing their experiences and what they did for their singletons:

It's Not Where Pups are Raised, It's How - The Other End of the Leash
The Singleton Puppy | Susan Garrett's Dog Training Blog

The second article does mention socializing with another litter, but again, the puppy in that case was still being raised by mom and had the advantage of her milk, and Susan Garrett is well-connected and has access to reputable breeders she can be confident are raising puppies in safe and sanitary (well, as sanitary as possible, with any baby animal) conditions.

There's also a video from Puppy Culture on raising singletons here: Free to view: The Joy of Singletons and, if it's in your budget, Avidog has an online course all about raising singletons here: Raising Sound Singletons - Avidog University. Both of these are puppy raising programs focusing on the early weeks/months of life with great reputations. I can't speak to their information on singletons specifically, but it's likely worth looking into (disclaimer: I haven't raised any puppies, let alone singletons, so I'm basing much of this on testimony from people I trust).

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Did she ever get a chance to nurse from mom, and if so for how long? My biggest concern with a hand-reared puppy so young is how fragile and vulnerable to disease they are. A lot of natural antibodies come from mom's milk, especially the colostrum she produces right after birth, so if she didn't get a chance to get these I'd be hesitant to expose her to other litters. If you're lucky enough to have a local dog club or a shelter/rescue that frequently fosters litters, you can ask around these places to see if anyone has a litter of a similar age and is reputable, clean, and as safe as possible (for you too, with covid, baby puppies get chilly fast and so you'd likely have to be in someone's home), but I'd still be inclined to wait until she's had her first shot at 6-8 weeks due to immunity concerns

In the meantime, you can look into strategies for raising singleton puppies that you can start now. These are both good articles from trainers (Dr. McConnell's actually a behaviorist) with excellent reputations describing their experiences and what they did for their singletons:

It's Not Where Pups are Raised, It's How - The Other End of the Leash
The Singleton Puppy | Susan Garrett's Dog Training Blog

The second article does mention socializing with another litter, but again, the puppy in that case was still being raised by mom and had the advantage of her milk, and Susan Garrett is well-connected and has access to reputable breeders she can be confident are raising puppies in safe and sanitary (well, as sanitary as possible, with any baby animal) conditions.

There's also a video from Puppy Culture on raising singletons here: Free to view: The Joy of Singletons and, if it's in your budget, Avidog has an online course all about raising singletons here: Raising Sound Singletons - Avidog University. Both of these are puppy raising programs focusing on the early weeks/months of life with great reputations. I can't speak to their information on singletons specifically, but it's likely worth looking into (disclaimer: I haven't raised any puppies, let alone singletons, so I'm basing much of this on testimony from people I trust).

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Definitely was looking for socialising after she had jabs as for feeding from mother she had first feed and a couple of times after that but mother would not allow it after that. Vet said cause of emergency c section x
 
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