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Old 11-24-2012, 02:22 PM
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The first night you have your puppy home and in her crate, expect to hear sounds and whines you didn't know a puppy could make. The first couple nights are a little rough but then it gets better.


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We are thinking about having her crate and pen in the kitchen on the main floor because that's where we are most of the day and for its easy access to outside. Do you think we should count on someone sleeping on the couch down here to be closer to her?
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:46 PM
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For me the number one thing would be patience. Remember that they don't understand your rules, they don't know what they can or can't do, sit on, eat etc., and that to them everything is a game.
If you keep reminding yourself that they are a Baby, and they don't understand then when times are at their most trying, this might help.

Additionally i found pee pads really helpful, and teaching the basic commands as soon as possible so that they are ingrained early.
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Old 11-24-2012, 02:56 PM
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We are thinking about having her crate and pen in the kitchen on the main floor because that's where we are most of the day and for its easy access to outside. Do you think we should count on someone sleeping on the couch down here to be closer to her?
I slept (not much) on the couch and that's how I found this forum. I kept googling questions and they all led me here. I would have been lost with out it because it had been nine years since I raised a puppy.

I took him out several times during the night and also learned that I needed to let him cry him self to sleep between trips outside. It was very heart wrenching but he only did that for the first few nights. After that he only whined when he had to go potty.


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All the above has helped me with Jack & Sweetie!I learned most from here(Thanks Guys)But the highest on my list was socialize.Jack used to go after everything that moved & not in a nice way untill I worked out a daily play time with his friends & Sweetie now goes too.I take them to Petsmart Lowes & Homedepot whenever I go.That part was a little scary at first with Jack but Sweetie caught on real fast.Also walks & play time every day no matter what
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We are thinking about having her crate and pen in the kitchen on the main floor because that's where we are most of the day and for its easy access to outside. Do you think we should count on someone sleeping on the couch down here to be closer to her?
Our crate is in the kitchen as well. I slept on the floor with my hand in the crate the first night. We took turns sleeping on the sofa in the family room - the kitchen is open to the family room, so it's basically the same room - for the next week. After that week, Max was fine - actually he was fine from the first night, I was the one who was worried!
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All the above has helped me with Jack & Sweetie!I learned most from here(Thanks Guys)But the highest on my list was socialize.Jack used to go after everything that moved & not in a nice way untill I worked out a daily play time with his friends & Sweetie now goes too.I take them to Petsmart Lowes & Homedepot whenever I go.That part was a little scary at first with Jack but Sweetie caught on real fast.Also walks & play time every day no matter what
They let you take them into Lowes and Home Depot? Oh my, I really AM going to be one of "those" people....
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I agree with everyone and especially about the crate. Just remember the crate is NEVER a place for punishment. It should be a safe wonderful place to rest and relax. Also remember puppies are land sharks and not necessarily aggressive. Patience patience patience is the key word.
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All I can say our second day with little ??? is:

1 - you want to have a travel crate BEFORE you go to pick up the pup <- Our breeder was awesome and brought up a crate for me to borrow. I'll give it back in a month when I meet up with them at a local show, but def I'll be buying our own crate before I give this one away. Pup loves car rides in his crate. Goes to sleep immediately.

2. Load up on nylabones and himilayan cheese sticks and other puppy safe chews. Our guy is 10 weeks old and is definitely teething. And I had NO CHEWS in the house whatsoever since our adult dogs chew rawhide (not safe for puppies). Everything he could get his mouth on got gnawed yesterday.

3. It's never too soon to put that collar and leash on and train "go duty" and "go poopy". We are on our second day with ???? and he is already doing both on command. And any squeaky sounds while sitting looking at you or walking over to the door = potty signals.

4. Moisten the food with warm water (finger test like you would with babies). Especially if they are teething, it's easier for them to eat up without coughing up pieces.

And make sure you discuss dog food with the breeder, get a sampling to take home and pick up a bag when you have a chance. Our guy is going to be Pro Plan Focus Chicken/Rice Pup until he's 4-5 months, and then will wean on adult kibble - per breeder. And then I'll decide whether he will eat Jacks food or if I'll wean both dogs onto Pro Plan Chicken Rice.

5. Stuffy toys are for sleeping with. Crackly toys are for playing with. <- ???'s favorite toy is an empty water bottle.

6. Have grooming stuff ready, because if you live on a yard like ours, they go outside and come back in loaded with dirt and burrs that need picking and brushing out. I now understand why our breeder made such a big issue about bathing the puppies every time they went outside for a play day.

Other than that - I'm very happy to say the little bugger slept with me last night. I thought he would sleep under the bed with Jacks, but nope. He claimed his spot at the foot of my bed (I already trained him how to use the doggy step up and off the bed) and pretty much only fussed when he had to go potty.
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For me the number one thing would be patience.
This was what I was going to say. This puppy is going to test you to the limits physically, mentally, and emotionally for the first few months. It's a lot like having an infant, only these infants run around and have teeth (and like to bite!). If you've never had a puppy before, you want to mentally steel yourself as though you're headed off to boot camp or whatever. It's a very hard task that sometimes will leave you on the edge of a breakdown.

At the same time, though, in the long run, it's incredibly rewarding to be able to experience a dog's early weeks and months and watch him grow and develop before your eyes, and basically spend his whole life with him (Minus the first eight weeks). I think raising a puppy is totally worth it- I did it and I tentatively plan to do it again when my dog passes on one day. But it's not like the movies, and it's not like adopting an older dog. It's going to take a lot of time and intensive training on basic things ("Don't chew electrical cords", "Don't lick electrical sockets", "Don't relieve yourself in the apartment- no, going to the next room where I can't see you doesn't count as 'Not in the apartment' ", etc.).''

I remember sometimes at the end of days, my back would act up and I'd be on the floor unable to move while my puppy happily jumped around biting me for an hour or two. Of course, I have health issues to begin with. But it's not easy for anyone. But a lot of things in life that are worthwhile are tough.

The other thing I'd say in a more tangible way is put the emphasis on house training right away. Get that dog outside a dozen or so times a day to begin with. If he's resting and stands up-outside. If he's sniffing or walking in a circle-outside. If more than 90 or 120 minutes elapse- outside. If he looks mildly suspicious- outside. If he starts to urinate, interrupt him and get him outside to finish. Praise him profusely every time he goes outsides and interpret him loudly every time he goes inside and then get him outside. I got my dog house trained within 3 weeks, though I had to reinforce for a long time after. Lengthy house training is the A #1 reason people have trouble with their pups. Somehow it all seems a lot easier once the dog isn't pooping on your carpet.

Also, if you want him to ride in the car with you regularly when he's older, start with short regular rides now with him riding on your lap and being petted. He'll develop warm associations and love the car for life if he's anything like my dog. If you wait to do it, he's less likely to take to it. Same as people mentioned about getting him out for short walks and socialized ASAP (Also make sure to get those first vaccinations quickly [there's a series of 3 in 3 months to complete the first year vaccinations and get him more fully protected], so he has at least some protection from disease while he's out there).

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Something that occured to me, and i learnt the hard way here, dont lie on the floor and play. My pup pounced and clamped on to my hair and wouldn't let go. After the first time she realsied this was great fun and kept jumping up and attatching her teeth to my hair when ever i was sitting down. Completely my fault cuz i thought i could lie down and get a cuddle (yes, my first puppy!!!). Boy was i wrong!
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