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    It's a very hard job to bring up a litter of well balanced puppies... sounds like you think you should be doing more... remember puppies learn from each other and their mother, is the mother with you too.. doesnt sound like it... but the socialising skills they learn now from each other is vital to their adulthood... if a few mins a day is all you can give them, they will do well on that... as long as the new owners continue to train them... remember the work that goes into a puppy determines the adult dog...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimbastaff View Post
    It's a very hard job to bring up a litter of well balanced puppies... sounds like you think you should be doing more... remember puppies learn from each other and their mother, is the mother with you too.. doesnt sound like it... but the socialising skills they learn now from each other is vital to their adulthood... if a few mins a day is all you can give them, they will do well on that... as long as the new owners continue to train them... remember the work that goes into a puppy determines the adult dog...
    No the mum isn't with us unfortunately, these pups were found dumped on the side of the road My female Rottie is a very good role model/mum to them though, she plays with them, shares food, bones, toys, etc without any aggression.

    What you have said about how the permanent owners continue training is part of my issue. I can put in so much effort, give them a good diet, teach them not to chew my foot, etc but they go to a new home at such a young age and I really worry that I've put in all this effort, then they go to new home and are not given any training and within a week they're feral.

    Anyway all this aside, I'm not fostering for a while, I need a break.

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    that is the hard part of puppy raising, it comes down to who you select to keep a pup... I like to spend a lot of time with the whole family, they are invited to my house... all dogs out (I refuse to put them away for anyone) they either accept it and enjoy the companionship of dogs or they don't get one of my pups or adults (most of my rescues are older) I then do a follow up or two... I make it clear to them if they take one of my dogs they become part of my extended family and will be hounded at least for the first few weeks... If possible I also go their house and see them in action... I've been a trainer for many years myself, so often they will join the same club as me and I then get to see them training... and sometime I'm the trainer (of course I'm never biased).. it is a hard job raising pups... but its so worth it...

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