First - thanks for all the help provided here in my search for a new companion. It was most helpful
Friday I picked out Emma from a choice of 4 females. She came from a backyard breeder - yes I know the horror stories, but I think I did OK. Emma is 8 weeks old, very smart and is almost house broken after just 2 days - if we pay attention.
It been cold and raining outside, so she is a bit reluctant at times.
So Friday was a very stressful day for her. Saturday she perked up a bit and today she is just an energetic ball of fur. We have been working hard on socialization and the mouthing. She is very mouthy today and I have been working on her taking it easy. Thanks for the links on the subject posted here
Her mom is a search dog in training along with her handler, specializing in explosives. Mom was on site and very friendly and highly energetic. The sire is a working K9 search/rescue/protection. Hips and elbows on both are good.
In choosing her (she actually chose me) I did some basic testing, such as hunting for treats, holding and seeing the basic reaction, following and watching temperment. One of the pups was very aggressive at biting and pulling and did not want to be held - even got me once. Puppy teeth are very very sharp. One just wanted to run around the yard and was easily distracted by other things. The two I concentrated on did well in the basic tests, but Emma seemed the most affectionate and did better in the search for the treats and loud noise test - being more curious than afraid. The breeder indicated she was the lover of the group.
In the end when it came time to decide. Mom was in the yard and the pups were following her. Emma left her and came to me and laid down on my feet. My adult son thought she was the best of the bunch too. She is black and tan with a broad head and well developed nose - not long and skinny. Vet indicated the bite is perfect.
Before we left I had the handler rub a blanket all over mom to help in the transition. My son held her in his lap for the hour drive. She did OK, but did have an upset tummy. Once home she perked up and had a bite to eat and drink before the second trip to the vet. Vet check was good - no issues so she got her first shots and de-worm. Vet went over a lot of issues an as parvo is in our area, made it very clear she should not be out socializing with other dogs until we get all of her shots completed. So for now walks will be around home only.
I got two hours sleep the Friday night taking her out to potty ever hour (however I did let her drink every time she cam in), Last night was much better with only two trips (I withheld the water until morning). Today only two accidents - both puddles.
She does have a touch of the runs so I mixed up some tuna and rice which seems to be helping. Vet indicated it was probably a change in diet. Breeder had her on Basic Purina puppy chow and I changed her over to Chicken Soup brand - large breed puppy mix recommended by a local pet store that specializes in healthy foods. They carry just about everything, so if there is something better please let me know,
So far she is a very quiet puppy and loves to play tug and munch on her squeaky fox and chew bone that you can hide treets in. She is very affectionate with lots of kisses. She did bark and jump on the tennis ball today too, but its too big for her to bite, so were getting a smaller one. She also has learned to stay in the kitchen and dinning room on the vinyl and not roam on the carpet. Don't know how long that will last, but so far so good.
Later today she will get her first bath - this should be fun.
Thanks again for all the help and any suggestion are welcome.
One last question - are the little raw hide chew sticks OK for her at this age?
Ill try and post a picture later.
Thanks - Keith