|Barked: Sun Nov 9, '08 3:47pm PST |
|I came to my new home at 7 weeks and am none the worse for wear. Mom would have probably taken me earlier, but Grammy Shan (my breeder) talked her out of it. BUT I was spoiled rotten. I slept between my new mom and dad in the people bed from the start and have ever since. Mom was able to devote every spare minute, when not working, to helping me adjust and making sure I never felt lonely or sad.
As for socializing, Mom recommends limiting exposure to strange surfaces (floors, shopping carts, sidewalks, grass) and strange dogs until you have received the first 3 DHLPPC vaccines, 1 Bordetella (kennel cough), and your first 1-year rabies vaccine (usually given at 16 weeks). After that, if you're what the vet calls "BAR" (bright, alert, and responsive), eating well, and presenting no symptoms or reactions to the vax, you're good to go.
Mom would take me out for brief visitations before I was 16 weeks to meet people, but she always carried me and never set me down on anything. I have no idea why she stopped doing that -- I only weigh 87 pounds. Sheesh! It's not like she doesn't have backache meds. BOL!
Previous posters have given some great advice. Exercise rules! Mom made the mistake (early on and briefly) of treating me like just another cat. I quickly taught her a lesson she'll never forget: An ignored Boxer has the destructive force of a category 5 hurricane!
Since you do have a little human too, and I don't see that anyone has mentioned it yet, you will want to be sure that ALL interaction between the two is supervised. Boxers are well known for being great with kids, but puppy teeth are very pointy and little humans don't know the difference between poking a stuffed dog in the eye and poking a live dog in the eye... until they get nipped by those pointy puppy teeth and the screaming starts.
Also, if your little human is used to mobile snacking (like walking around the house with a baggie of Cheerios in one hand and half a banana in the other) expect that your pupster is going to take, or get given, at least half of what you give your child. While those items won't harm your dog, you will need to be prepared for soupy-poopies for the next day or two.
Be sure your wormings are up to date. Discuss regular fecal exams with your vet just to be on the safe side. There are some types of worms and other parasites that can be passed between human and canine, generally through exposure to infected soil (backyard dirt)or feces. But they are generally avoidable and very treatable if discovered.
That's all I can think of at the moment. Feel free to post again with questions and good luck!
~Petra, et al~
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