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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 12-19-2008, 08:08 AM
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I just wanted to tell you not to worry about HD and stairs. HD is genetic disease and stairs have no influence on HD. My dog had grew up on stairs and his hips are great. And now I have a puppy that is 5 months old and he's on stairs from his 8th week. I just watched him few days to make sure he learns how to go up and down and make sure he doesn't fall. As Spun Gold said, just keep him from jumping from high places and jogging.
My advice- don't be so protective to him. Play with him as much as you can, not all thing will be ideal. Enjoy with him and don't worry so much! I bet he's going to be one great and happy puppy! Past things we can't change we can only do our best for the future... This puppy is whole new person so forget all about others and concentrate on him! I wish you all the best and can't wait to see this gorgeous fellow!
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Enjoy with him and don't worry so much! I bet he's going to be one great and happy puppy! Past things we can't change we can only do our best for the future... This puppy is whole new person so forget all about others and concentrate on him!
Great advice Golden Leo!
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Thanks again everyone. Well we have him home! We have named him Iggy. He is just the sweetest thing! I will post some pictures in a new thread once I find the cable to upload them.

Unfortunately we can't take him out the front either. The house is elevated, so there are stairs to access the inside from the front too! Anyway, we have decided to remove the tanbark and stones from the small garden bed at the side of the porch and add some more soil there. Now we are enclosing it fully with some chicken wire mesh. Hopefully that will keep him in there and not allow him to wander off into other parts of the garden (once he's trained and coming in and out himself). It will just have to be enough space when he's home alone.

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Welcome to the forum. You are going to do great with your pup. The rule of thumb here on the forum is you should carry them up and down stairs until they are too heavy to carry. Like LibertyMe said it is best to start them right off going in the spot you want them to go. Be prepared with lots of easy to put on warm clothes right beside the door you will be going out. You will be putting these on in a hurry many many times a day for those first few weeks. Some sort of slip on boot will be essential. Within a few days you will be able to gear up like a firefigher

You mentioned using a laundry room during the day but I think the crate would work out better. Your pup will have less area he needs to protect and will feel safer than in the laundry room.



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Welcome to the forum. You will love it here. Many helpful and caring people with lots of info about the Goldens.

One thing about this forum. We require pictures. Post them when you have them. We love to see the babies.
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I take WAY tooo long to post. lol
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How about building a little ramp over the steps into the back yard. It will help later on when he gets to heavy to be carried.
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how very exciting!

I have a 4 month old and I am still nervous about everthing I do with him. I am not sure it goes away either, I will let you know if it does, lol

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We took ours out on a leash and /or carried them out till they were too big to be carried or could be trusted to go out in the backyard alone. Puppies can find any crack/tiniest hole etc in a fence!


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