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They let you take them into Lowes and Home Depot? Oh my, I really AM going to be one of "those" people....
And A.C. Moore and J.C. Penny - I just ask at the door, and usually the answer is "sure!"
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Use the crate (appropriately), use positive training methods, and establish a schedule and stick to it. Puppies love consistency, just like small kids.

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I will add Natures Miracle to the list of pet supplies. This stuff will take the urine smell out incredibly well - works like a charm.

As far as play time and games, I did not play tug of war games when my last two dogs were pups - our first pup we did and did I regret that one!! Before long EVERYTHING was fair game for tug of war...bathrobe sash, hem of my dress....

Keep lots of Bitter Apple, Natures Miracle and LOTS of things to chew on.

Most of all.....Enjoy!!
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wow that is so cool that I can bring her into Lowes. Im a gardening fool and that place is my second home! ha ha!

Proofers got his steak for a job well done!
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I would have schmoozed my Dr. for refillable valium prescriptions.
Ha!! Reinforcing the "we are insane" idea I keep having.
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I have raised a number(14) of foster puppies. Each one teaches me something new. The last one, that butter tarts are NOT safe on top of the refridgerator.

I found using a small puppy crate, in the beginning, works better for me. You can usually pick them up for around $25 or ask a friend to borrow one. They are small enough and light enough to be moved from room to room where ever you are, and fit nicely in a car. I also think puppies feel safer in the smaller space. I also cover the crate with a thick blanket, it makes the crate more "den-like" and helps muffle outside sounds and the puppy is not distracted by everything going on outside the crate.

I like my guys to sleep in my bedroom, they will eventually end up there anyway. Maybe I am a pushover, but I could never sleep if a puppy was crying its heart out. It has just left everything it has ever known. I keep the crate right next to the bed, where I can reach it if the pup is too upset. I do not let it out of the crate just because it is fussing. I can also hear the puppy when it needs to go out.

I do not put anything, towel etc, on the bottom of the crate, as puppy will just pee on it and then push it out of the way. I find they go thru the night faster this way.

Talk to your vet, but you can begin socializing your puppy in public before he has finished his shots. I take mine, out in public as soon as they come home at 6.5 weeks. I just have to avoid places where there are other dogs, Petco, Petsmart etc. But they go to the bank, Chapters (the canadian equivalent of Barnes and Noble), my kids afterschool program, hockey games etc. Except for the afterschool program (where the kids have sanitized their hands) I do not let people touch the puppy, and I carry the puppy.

In our area, we also have an early learning socialization class for puppies 8-12 weeks, with vet approval.

But mostly, enjoy your puppy, they are little for such a short period of time and take lots of pictures.
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I had the crate on the first floor in the den. I slept from day 1 on the second floor. but I woke up every hour and a half for the first week and took her outside. in week 2 I went to 2 and a half hours between nighttime potty breaks. and week 3 I went to 4 hours between potty breaks. basically I increased her crate spans by about 15 minutes per night... by week 6 she was fine in the crate overnight with no problems. just took time for her to train her bladder ...and grow it! you could stretch those times to make it easier for goal is to make sure she never messed in her crate ....and she never did. I know dogs are pack animals but we still sleep on separate floors. I figured it would make things easier for different situations
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Socialize him and enjoy every minute. They grow up so quick. And have fun while teaching him.

Try using this guide for the first few weeks/months.

..... have a Golden day
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We have found all of the above very helpful and well as this forum! The forum has been a saving grace when we were not sure we were heading in the right direction. Also, figuring out what works for you, your family. more thing. Small car rides when the pup is ready! We did with ours and now she loves it in the car! Can't wait to see pics!
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