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Old 06-04-2008, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Moon Over Palmettos
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Congratulations, Mike! Do they really spay a pup that young though?
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Old 06-04-2008, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Do they really spay a pup that young though?
They do! Pediatric spay is still somewhat controversial for dogs that will compete athletically or for those for whom conformation is important. However, it is now often performed on shelter dogs and cats as young as 6 weeks. Early spay/neutering ensures that no animal leaves a shelter able to reproduce. With modern anesthesia, it's considered by most vets to be very safe.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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WTG and congrats!!! Make certain once Gyspy is old enough that you socialize her with other people and children (supervised of course). You'll appreciate doing so in the long run.

I also suggest signing up for puppy kindergarten
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:14 PM
 
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Well, we found a puppy that Alex liked at the CLT humane society today. She is a black and white doxie mix named Gypsy. She is only 8 weeks and very shy, she had only been at the pound since yesterday. Once out of the cage, she fell in love with Alex and vice versa. We take her home in a few days after she is spayed, and we will post a picture of the happy couple. Thanks to everyone who suggested staying with Adoption. Mike
Congratulations. I don't know whether it is proper to spay a dog at such a young age. If it is possible, would you ask them to allow you to bring back the dog to be spayed at 4-6 month old? If I were you, I will try.

It is considered safe because the dog can wake up and be sent home. These vet have no concern for the development of these dogs (I guess they have no choice but I won't allow it to be done on my puppy).
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:33 PM
 
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I agree. I've heard of a female dog that had to be given hormones at about a year old because they'd been spayed too young.

They should let you wait a couple of months. You could offer to pre-pay for the procedure, maybe... so they know you're going bring her back.

You really should ask!

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Old 06-04-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Highland Creek, NC
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I asked, and they said that they have no problem spaying that young. They will not let them leave un-altered. We went to Petco and spent $225 on a crate, bed and supplies. I hope this puppy likes pink and purple, because it will be draped in it.
So what is the opinion on training classes at Petco? They charge $99 for 6 weeks of puppy training. Anyone have experience with this?
Thanks
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Congratulations!!!!!!! I am so happy y'all decided to adopt and that the little puppy and your daughter are a wonderful match! I think it's so important to teach children how important it is to give shelter dogs a chance for a good home!

Wow, spaying at 8 weeks does sound early! I thought 3 or 4 months of age was the earliest they'd do it!
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Puppy training is a great idea. It will help you bond with your dog and make sure you are all on the same page. The most important thing is for all family members to consistently apply the training techniques learned in the classes at home in all interactions with your pup. Dogs thrive on structure.

As for the quality of the training at Petco, I think it depends on the individual trainer. Get the trainer's name and check references. Talk to your vet and their office staff, and call your local shelter or ASPCA to see if they have recommendations. Some shelters offer excellent free or low cost training.
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Congratulations Mike! What a lucky dog Gypsy is!

I bet that shyness will wear right off in no time .
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Old 06-04-2008, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I second the rec to ask the shelter about classes. When I adopted my current dog from a rescue group, it was a requirement of the adoption - not that I minded, I've had dogs far too long not to realize how great obedience classes are.
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