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The wait is over: Puppy news

Hello everyone. I have exciting puppy news. We heard from our breeder on Saturday whom I thought was calling to let us know her girls are pregnant. Much to our surprise, she informed us she has a puppy available from her February litter as a family has changed their mind. We pick her up Saturday! This has all of a sudden fallen into our lap and I have lots to think about. One question I have is how people manage when they are working? We weren't expecting puppy until summer when I would be working less hours. At this time, I am gone about 5 hours a day. I have neighbors scheduled to come let puppy out once when I am gone. She will be in Callie's crate. Its been a long time since I've had a brand new puppy. I am thinking I will put the divider in to make it smaller, place potty pads at one end, put down a blanket and leave a stuffed animal in there. Is this right? Should I leave anything else in there? And leave the radio on so she doesn't feel alone. I'm a bit anxious. Do I bring her to the vet within the week of bringing her home? My breeder said that wasn't necessary bc her vet will have already seen her and she breeds with a vet.

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That's awesome congrats! Can't wait to see pictures!

5 hours is fine. Having them let out in the middle of that amount of time is fine the first couple weeks and then 5 hours should be good. Just remember, when you feed pups and they drink at meals, they'll drink enough to fill the bladder 2 or 3 times, which means you should take them out every 20 min over the next hour after a meal. You will take them out, and 20 min later they will probably pee on the floor and you'll be frustrated as to why. Making sure you take them out 2 or 3 times before putting them in the crate will give them the best change not to make a mistake in the crate.

I use 42" creates for of the Golden's I've ever had. Use the divider panel. I give my pups 1/3 of the create up until 4 months of age and then 2/3 of the create took about 7 months and then the whole crate after that. They may be house broken but never give them the extra space to make a mistake. They should be able to stand, turn around and last back down, that's it. It's not play time in a crate.

About the create... NEVER use pee pads in a crate. They are scented and will draw the puppy to want to use them. This in turn will make the puppy think they are supposed to go to the bathroom IN the crate and good luck ever straightening that out. In fact you don't even want to use pee pads if your going to create train. The point of the create is to teach them to hold it and go only outside, never inside. Again, the pads will make them want to use them inside. Using pads and a crate will just make it so you'll confuse the pup and have to train to only go outside later on.

Set the vet appointment for Monday or Tuesday. I always take new pups to the vet within 3 days off having them home. A lot of breeders want it done working 4 days. I know the very your breeder uses and she has a different vaccine protocol I use. So it's good to have your vet see them and setup a schedule for the boosters.

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Thanks Eric. I will send you a PM about the vaccine protocol issue.

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Congratulations. That is great news but I imagine there's a lot to get done in a hurry. Is there any way someone can take a few days off to help the puppy settle in? It's such a big change to leave the litter and she is such a little baby.


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Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing pictures.
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If you have someone stopping by midday to give the puppy a potty break, they should be fine for the 5 hours you are gone. Even if you were home all day, you would still need to put the puppy in their crate for 2 hour naps. Just make sure you spend plenty of time with them in the morning and evenings.

That being said... if I were you, I would take 1-2 days off to spend at home with the puppy when you first bring them home. That first 48 hours is tough, and it would be traumatic to bring the puppy home and leave them alone in a crate the very next day.
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If you have someone stopping by midday to give the puppy a potty break, they should be fine for the 5 hours you are gone. Even if you were home all day, you would still need to put the puppy in their crate for 2 hour naps. Just make sure you spend plenty of time with them in the morning and evenings.

That being said... if I were you, I would take 1-2 days off to spend at home with the puppy when you first bring them home. That first 48 hours is tough, and it would be traumatic to bring the puppy home and leave them alone in a crate the very next day.

That was I did with my current dog. I had off Friday, Sat, Sun and Monday and drove to Michigan on Friday and drove home Saturday and that gave me 2 days to get her settled in before back to work. I just had my sister come over mid day to let her out till she was about 12 or 14 weeks old.

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Congratulations...so so exciting!!!! Good luck!!!

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Thanks everyone! Yes, I will be taking off so I will have a couple of days to get her used to her new home and then my neighbors will be helping me out on some days. I have also thought of hiring a pet sitter service to come in to let her out if my neighbors are unavailable on certain days but that worries me having a complete stranger in the house and taking care of my puppy. Has anyone here used a pet sitter before?

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Congrats on your baby! My breeder tests her bitches so we have a nomograph as to when to re vaccinate the pups https://www.vetmed.wisc.edu/lab/cavi...ph-what-is-it/ . so i wait until then until i go to the vet. This time it was at 10 weeks. i strongly recommend titer testing your pups so you dont over vaccinate your dog....im for anything to decrease the insane cancer situation we face with our so loved goldens. CONGRATS again!!


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