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December 5, 2011
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Question from a Leerburg Customer
on a Cute, Fuzzy, Small Breed Puppy

Question from Sam: I have a cute, fuzzy, small breed puppy that people can't keep themselves away from. Even when I ask them not to pet her, they still smile and oooh and aaah at my puppy. This puppy is already absolutely nuts and wild around people, strangers too. What do you do about this? And what on earth do I do in the house with visitors? And with people that like Rumors, this is a small mini poodle, who have to take her from me, and given her age, are feeding her treats while working with her? And is that setting me back completely every time they do that when I give her to the groomer and she is giving her treats? How would Michael deal with this? There must be a lot of people out there that have similar issues with cute, fuzzy, little dogs.

December 5, 2011 | 3 Minutes, 58 Seconds

Customer Comment


I have been relatively successful in training my dogs for both competitive obedience and agility for over 15 years and have really benefited from interactions with some great trainers. I was introduced to you all at Leerburg and Michael Ellis a little over a year ago and I have learned more in this past year that has helped me better understand and work with my dogs than I have over the past 15+ years. You all are the BEST RESOURCE! Thanks so much for everything you all contribute to us all. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday.


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Question: Is it recommended to NOT keep a puppy from a mother's litter? Also, my vet said the first set of puppy shots is not needed. What are your thoughts?


I have 2 questions- my dog has given birth to 6 gorgeous healthy pups. Samoyed x husky - the pregnancy was planned. She is 2 and I would love to keep a puppy. Is it recommended to NOT keep a puppy from a mother's litter?? Also, our local vet said there is no evidence now days to show puppies need the 6-8 week vaccination, they only need the 8-12 weeks then the 12-16 weeks one. I was sure they need 3 in total, but he gave me info saying only 2 times worth of injections.

Your help would be greatly appreciated :)


I see absolutely no reason why you should not keep a puppy from your litter. My 4 year old competition dog, Rush, is from my last litter I had with my own female Malinois.

If you want to keep one of your puppies, you should do so.

I think you have a rare gem of a vet, who is more up to date on current vaccination protocols. Your vet is absolutely correct, most vets over vaccinate puppies which can lead to many serious health issues for the dog. Personally, I think the later you vaccinate the puppies the better and I don’t vaccinate my own personal dogs at all but waiting until about 10- 12 weeks is the best option if you are going to do puppy shots. The puppies are protected by immunity they receive through their mother’s milk until about 12 weeks of age (or longer).

You could read our information on vaccinosis here.

Cindy Rhodes

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies and our Q&A on Vaccinations.


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