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    Default General Tips and Info for a new pup!

    hey guys, its taken me some time but im finally getting my new american staffy pup this sat, im setting up my backyard for him and was just checking over with you guys, what are some things you reckon i definately need.

    As in foods to stock up on? What foods to buy him at that, considering he is still only 8 weeks old atm.
    What toys do you guys back as being good for heavy chewers and durable?
    Just general stuff that will keep him happy and occupied

    Thanks guys.

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    Hi BigMicky and welcome to the forum
    Exciting time for you getting your new pup. The breeder will tell you what the pup's diet is, best to stick to that and if you want to change then introduce the new food slowly.
    I'm not experienced with Amstaffs, but I'm sure others on here will be able to give you good advice.
    You say that you are setting up your backyard for him, I do hope that doesn't mean that he won't be allowed inside with you. I'd recommend having him inside whenever you are home and focussing on house training and toilet training from the beginning. It is worth the hassles as he will be a much happier dog if he is part of your family.
    Love to see pics of him when you get him

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    There is a lot of information here if you do a search. Welcome to the forum.

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    Food wise, continue feeding him whatever the breeder is feeding and then slowly change over to something that works for you. Staffies can be prone to skin issues so it is a good idea to maybe look at holistic foods or RAW. My two are just fed premium dry food and dog roll meat stuff. It is easiest for us and it seems to work for them.

    I would look at having the puppy sleep inside somewhere for the first few months until he is much bigger. Toy wise, kongs are great. Squeeky toys, fluffy toys (so long as you don't mind cleaning up the fluff) and balls... try and avoid tennis balls though because if he becomes ball obsessed they can wear down teeth.

    I would also start socialisation as soon as you get him, with healthy vaccinated dogs though. And its also a good time to enrol him into puppy school as well.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Hi BigMicky and congrats on your pup! You must be very excited.

    Little pups don't need much. Call the breeder to ask about the food but the rest can be bought later. Maybe a fluffy toy to sleep with and a ball or kong to start with would be good.

    If you were considering to have an outside only dog (I don't know if you are), I would really urge you to read some of the advice here: Dog Tip: Backyard Dog, Outdoor Dog: Facts, Guidance, Solutions

    But an 8 week old pup can definitely not be left outside on their own all night. It would be rather traumatising for him.

    Let us know how you go on Saturday and post some pics?

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    i will have him inside at nights.. and outside in my grassy backyard most of the day.
    what toys from the kong line or any other line do most of you guys back?

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    WoW 'BigMicky54321' - not too long before your new pup arrives ! Any photos ?

    Some more reading for you:

    Ch 1: Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily - This is a good website to give you plenty of ideas - so have a good look around - not just this referenced page.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    K9 Pro: K9 Pro The K9 Professionals; Online Dog Shop

    Kikopup: kikopup - YouTube

    Patricia McConnell : Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed�: Home Page and Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    diy puppy toys - Google Search

    You don't have to spend a fortune on toys for your pup. The above google search will give you heaps of ideas for not much money spent to keep the pup amused. Just with some of the ideas - you do have to supervise the pup.

    The only advice here is to think ahead a bit - not like I didn't with one of my pups ! One of my hoses was leaking, so I was doing a cut and join repair and used the piece I cut off as a throw and chew toy for the pup! Well pup thought that was great. If he didn't like the piece he had - he could always get a new one - there was metres of it just all for him!

    Child safety gates are a must- have to close off areas and doorways in the house.

    Also have a look in Bunnings for their Compost Bin Storage Cage (4 sides, wire mesh panels) - ~ $30. I have 2 sets and they are very useful for closing off larger doorways in the house or making a good sized pen inside/outside for the pup!

    Good Luck !

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    Oh yeah, baby gates are good. I used mine mainly when I was toilet training my (teenage) dog to keep her in the bedroom at night so I would wake up if she woke when she needed to go out. I also used them to give new foster cats a safe place to go. Play pens are also often recommended for very young pups.

    The Kong toys, it really depends on the dog. A tug o war toy is always good. And maybe one of those that you fill with treats to keep them occupied when you're out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMicky54321 View Post
    i will have him inside at nights.. and outside in my grassy backyard most of the day.
    what toys from the kong line or any other line do most of you guys back?
    Any toys a good toy so long as your pup likes it. Mine liked the normal kongs filled with kong stuffing when they were little, or a bit of peanut butter. But there are heaps of things you can get. If you buy online from America you can get it way cheaper than you would in Australia too, have a look on Amazon.

    Also I know we have said before, but keep in mind staffies crave human contact, my dogs spend a majority of their time inside with us when we are home. They can become destructo if left alone and bored!

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    For an amstaff - the black kong - not the red or puppy kongs.

    for something with maximum durability...
    AussieDog.com.au :: Products

    And for general tips I like what RileyJ posted

    There's also a few book recommendations in here if you do a google site search eg

    into google type

    book site:www.dogforum.com.au

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