The thing is, Maggie is going to know it is a puppy as she has been exposed to a wide variety of things in the world. However, the pups world is exponentially smaller and will depend heavily on what s/he experiences from Maggie, the kitten, etc. Yes, it is grand when adult dog gives a low humming growl and puppy backs off, however, puppy learns bite inhibition in part by being bitten by those nasty razor puppy teeth that belong in his sibs head. Two is not so much more than one. Six is a lot.
are y'all near enough to set up visitation on a regualar basis?
Here's the thing, we all hate the massive loss of pit bulls to euthanasia. And we hate the unstable pit bulls that screw things up for the rest of us. And research has proved time and again that pups separated from momma and littermates prior to eight weeks of age have a greater likelihood for behavior problems including a lack of bite inhibition and fear-reaction aggressions. Sure, people have dogs here that they got at 30 seconds old who grew to be *perfect* members of society, but the opposite is equally true. And anyone who has been around knows it.
As rescuers, it is our collective responsibility to make educated pulling decisions that maximize the likelihood for stable and well-adjusted pit bulls. And to stack the odds in the pups favor, using all the information and resources available to us as rescuers. To be able to tell the corner BYB that 5 weeks is too young to sell off his pups we must also walk our talk.