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Offline Rosalyn

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Re: New puppy comes home tomorrow! Have a few questions...
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2011, 11:11:57 PM »
At what age should a breeder release a bichon puppy?  It's been almost 8 years since I first got Kirby.  I noticed on some sites especially with small breeds they are recommending between 10 to 12 weeks. What's the recommended age for bichon pups now?
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Re: New puppy comes home tomorrow! Have a few questions...
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2011, 11:19:24 PM »
I think 10 to 12 weeks is ideal.  The pups have time to become more socialized within their family unit.  They develop better motor skills so you don't have to carry them everywhere and set up what could be a bad habit.  They are less fragile and less likely to take a metabolic dive.  They are more aware of broader surroundings and ready to learn.  I'm all for waiting.  Your patience will reap benefits.

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« Reply #17 on: December 30, 2011, 03:01:23 AM »
Agree with all of the suggestions here. I was mad with grief and took Chich at 8 weeks. She was very healthy and as you can see has grown into a very pretty dog. However she was h*ll as a puppy as you all know. Not enough time to learn manners etc. Zoe was released at 13 weeks and what a good girl she was.

I think Pixel is a very badly bred bichon frise. There is a breeder out this way breeding the most dreadful dogs. She is Asian and lives in a big flash house in which one whole floor - they have three is taken up with dog breeding. I have never seen such awful dogs as she produces. Not cheap priced either much more than I paid for Chich. I cant help wondering if Pixel is one of hers.

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Re: New puppy comes home tomorrow! Have a few questions...
« Reply #18 on: December 30, 2011, 12:03:23 PM »
At what age should a breeder release a bichon puppy?  It's been almost 8 years since I first got Kirby.  I noticed on some sites especially with small breeds they are recommending between 10 to 12 weeks. What's the recommended age for bichon pups now?

Rosalyn, I'm not aware that it varies breed to breed, but I don't know enough about that.  First you need to consider state law.  Here in RI, you can NOT separate a puppy from mum and litter mates until age 9 weeks.  The way the law is written, you aren't supposed to advertise the dog for sale prior to age 9 weeks; but folks will post when the dog is younger, and put the date they can be released. 

Puppies learn so much from mom and litter mates, from ages 9 to 12 weeks, including bite inhibition!  This is the prime time for their socialization skills to be developing.
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« Reply #19 on: December 30, 2011, 09:21:27 PM »
Puppies here in  :ukflag: can go at 8 weeks of age.   Puppy buyers want their puppies vaccinated so mine don't go until they are between 12-14 weeks.  This serves a couple of purposes -

1.  I get to hold onto the puppies a bit longer.  :cheer:
2.  I observe the puppies the whole time and any naughty traits are nipped in the bud.  :nono:
3.  They get taught more manners from their Mother.  They are mixing with the others and their socialisations skills are improved.
4.   I will NEVER vaccinate a puppy before 12 weeks of age not after what happened to Mollie.  :crybaby:

So there you go - different strokes for different folks.  :hysterical:

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Re: New puppy comes home tomorrow! Have a few questions...
« Reply #20 on: January 01, 2012, 03:05:05 PM »
Did Mollie react badly to the vaccine? Alison

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« Reply #21 on: January 01, 2012, 07:41:59 PM »
Did Mollie react badly to the vaccine? Alison

Yes Alison she did.  She took puppy strangles which is the immune system breaking down and attacking itself.   This was a reaction to the Leptosporosis in the vaccine.  We almost lost Mollie and what that little puppy went through at 9 weeks of age I would never wish on my worst enemy. :crybaby:  It took me almost a year to get her back to full health.

To this day I absolutely hate taking them for them jabs.  :sweatdrop:  You should see the state I get in taking them for their Microchip.  :noway:

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« Reply #22 on: January 01, 2012, 08:04:30 PM »
Lizzie That is totally a nightmare, you do need to vaccinate but there's always the risk.  I'm sorry you went through that and I'm happy all is good now. I was hoping of hearing about Coconut...does anybody knows anything?

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« Reply #23 on: January 02, 2012, 08:05:39 AM »
Thats horrible.I'm so glad you got her back to health again.Abby had her first vacc at just before 8 weeks and her 2nd at 12 weeks.Alison

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« Reply #24 on: January 02, 2012, 09:12:19 AM »
Alison, that was the schedule Chance had also.  I got him at 12 weeks and I thought I was getting him late.  I have always gotten puppies in the past at 8 weeks old.  I do know that he has been much easier to train, accept the new home at this older age than puppies we have had in the past.  I didn't know this was a good age, that was just when our opportunity came about.

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Re: New puppy comes home tomorrow! Have a few questions...
« Reply #25 on: January 02, 2012, 05:02:02 PM »
I no longer get the lept vaccine for any of mine, and it was due to folks on this forum; though I can' recall if it was Mollie's issues specifically, I am sure those played in to the decision.

I wish that lady would come back and let us know about Coconut!
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« Reply #26 on: January 02, 2012, 05:32:39 PM »
Sandie, I wish she would come back also.  I think maybe in trying to help we hurt her feelings.  For that I am so sorry.  Maybe she is reading these posts.  If she is it's OK if she got the puppy....nobody will judge her. 

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« Reply #27 on: January 02, 2012, 06:08:54 PM »
Oooo I do  soo hope she does come back.  I've already said that in previous posts.  It can't be easy for her and the children but no matter what is decided I know we will all rally round and help.  :cheer:

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« Reply #28 on: January 02, 2012, 06:55:07 PM »
I have emailed and reassured her as to our intentions and of the welcome she will get.I haven't heard yet.Maybe she is just busy with New Year.Alison

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« Reply #29 on: January 02, 2012, 07:20:00 PM »
Hello Ladies ~ Thanks for your concern. We do have the puppy, but decided to name her Bijou. I was just comning down with the 24 hour flu when I first posted, and the name Coconut was litterally making me ill :(
As someone suggested, we did not get her from a "fancy" breeder, but I did check a reference for the breeder and spoke with her many times on the phone. I only met Bijou's dad. The breeder said both parents were in excellent health. Bijou is not AKC so I felt it would be inappropriate for me to ask for all the health certifications required from top breeders.
I took Bijou to the vet on Friday and she got a clean bill of health: no heart murmur, eyes, ears, temp good, body fat good, joints good, teeth and "lips' good, etc.
However, on Saturday night (right after midight - happy new year!) I noticed some white wiggly things in her stool. I got tapeworm medicine from the vet this morning (1/2 tab Drontal Plus). Unfortunately, it caused her to vomit quite a bit this afternoon, so as I type this she is back at the vet getting anti-nausea meds and fluids.
I'm sure she'll be all right, and it's not the breeders fault that she reacted to the tapeworm med, but it is a lot of drama for only having the poor little thing for 4 days! Uggh!
BTW - I did not notice any wiggly things in her stool the first 48 hours she was home, and she does not have any fleas that I can find. We are in below freezing temps, so not quite the season for fleas.
I pick her up fron the vet in one hour.