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    Hi everyone, I am new here.

    A lady from a different website had a staffy, who fell pregnant to a border collie. She gave birth to 8 puppies and all was well.
    6 days ago, the mum dog was killed by a snake, so the puppies became orphaned. The lady decided to bottle fed them for a few days along with dry food mixed with water. She then decided to give the puppies to their new owners straight away, which left one puppy.
    Feeling terrible that this pup had lost her mum and siblings within a week (if thats the full story) I decided we would take the puppy. We picked her up a lunchtime. We took her straight to the vet clinic at the local rescue, and she has eaten Hills Science Diet mixed with water twice (recommended by the vet) and been flea treated and wormed. She then slept all afternoon, and has had normal poos and wees (a few dead worms in her poos). She hasn't cried, except for when she was eating and then got sidetracked and couldn't find her food again!). So all seems to be ok.
    Any advice on dealing with such a young pup? Or should I just keep doing what I am doing? Anything else I can do for her? I have included a photo.
    Thanks in advance, going to look through some more posts
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    Keep up what you're doing. At five weeks pup should be fine on that diet. She's very cute.

    As she gets more confident, make sure she is handled a whole lt, and also has good boundaries and rules. Normlly during these formative weeks pups have mum setting limits on behaviour, and no limits now can lead to trouble later.

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    Congratulations on your new little puppy...it is tough taking on a little rescue like that
    My Tessa, also a BC cross was a Rescue puppy that we got at five weeks.........It is very important to do a lot of socialisation with puppies that have lost their littermates this early. All of Tessa's littermates (14)were given away to different people. We had been able to find many of them since and many ended up at the pound due lack of bite inhibition and unruliness ( they were all chipped so we knew it was them) ....I actually re-trained two of them, through Rescue. And one which ended up also a great dog was our puppy for play-dates
    Do you know where some of these puppies went, because maybe you could get them together for play-dates early and quite a few. Otherwise it is up to you and maybe some friendly dogs, whose health history you know to do this. An older kind bitch is often a good dog to teach boundaries. Please do not keep this puppy completey seperated from other dogs at his early age. try very hard to find healthy friendly dogs to mix with.
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    Congratulations! She is gorgeous, I would just do what the vet reccomends they would know best. I would socialise her as much as you can as well, we did this with Angus and he is great with other dogs and they learn so much. Good luck with her and I hope all is going well.

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    What a gorgeous baby pooch!! As the others have said, just follow the vet's advice, I am not experienced with such young pups, but it sounds like you are doing a great job!!

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    Shes yummy!

    I think your doing fine now.

    I got my girl Chevy (staffy/lab x) at 5 weeks old and she was just th emost beautiful dog ever. Placid, obediant, well behaved all the time, and excellent with other dogs always.

    The only issue we did have with her, was that her bite inhibition initially was COMPLETELY non-existant. It took longe to teach her "gentle" than it has with any of our other dogs.

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    Bite inhibition is one of the things that puppies learn in those 5-8weeks period........Hence that will be for you to teach if there are no other puppies. Ian Dunbar's Free puppy book from Dogwise is an amazing book to read

    Free Downloads | Dog Star Daily

    The whole site is full of free info...take a look. i will post and re-post these books over and over
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    Thanks for the comments everyone, she seems to be coming along great. And thanks for the link to that book, she is biting/mouthing everything! She has done a few "accidents" inside, but I don't rouse on her because she is very little. She dosen't cry much at night, which is a bonus!

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