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    Question Getting our first dog.


    My partner and I are getting a labrador cross (Boxer maybe?). Long story short, His current owners bought the dog but haven't given him any attention and have decided to give him away.
    We are getting the puppy on Monday. At first we were looking into buying a younger puppy but when we were told of the story behind this dog, we decided to adopt him instead.
    The owners have said that the puppy is 3 months old but he looks atleast 5-6 months old from the one photo we've seen. They have said he has only had the one vaccination and the next ones are due soon.

    My questions are:
    If he is 6 months old as he looks, shouldn't he have had all his vaccinations by now?
    As he hasn't had much attention with the current owners or interaction with other dogs, will this make him harder to train and will it affect his temperament?
    Is there anything we should look out for when we go to get him? Paper work to make sure he has?

    Thanks in advance for the help, We can't wait to bring him home

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    Firstly, to the forum.

    If I remember correctly a puppy should have it's first shot at about 8 weeks then another at 12 weeks and a booster at 16 weeks. So if he is 6 months old then yes he should've had all his needles but if he's only 3 months as the owners say then it makes sense that he would be due for his second vaccine.

    Early socialisation is important but not having it doesn't necessarily mean that your dog's going to have severe problems, what I would be more concerned about is if the pup was taken from his mother and litter mates too soon. Pups learn a lot of their doggy manners from Mum, brothers and sisters. Ask the owners how old he was when they got him.

    As for paper work I'd be asking for his vet records and find out if he's micro chipped and registered with the local council if so you will need to fill out a change of ownership form. Also when you do get him home it's always a good idea to take him to your vet for a health check you can never be too careful.

    Good luck with your new addition I hope everything works out.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Bundaberg QLD


    Hi Loki,
    Congrats on the new pup. First thing i'd do is find out where he had his first needles. That vet should still have the details about what injections he's had or hasnt had. Write it down and then take him to your vet and start from there. They will run a scanner over him and see if he's chipped too. If the vets happy with his health then i would start to socialise him straight away with other friendly dogs if you know any. Socialising with lots of humans is also as important as dogs in my opinion.
    Book him into a basic obedience class too. They aren't expensive and the younger the better to begin training i reckon.

    Just be patient with the little fella as it'll be a lot for him to get used too. All these new people and places mught be a bit overwhelming. A crate with a blanket over it csan be a excellent place for him to retreat to if it all gets a bit too much. A time out /chill out zone as such. Consider a crate...theres lots of good threads on this forum about them if your interested. They are excellent for toilet training too.

    Also keep feeding him whatever he's been fed to begin with and if your not happy with the quality then slowly change him over to somthing better. Even if its dearer food it'll be money well spent because you could end up spending more at the vets down the track if hes not eating right.

    You'll no doubt come across many other situations with your new puppy....thunderstorms, toilet training, sleeping issues etc,etc....they can be like having a new born baby at times and it's a long road but the extra effort now will pay off big time in the future. Feel free to ask for any advice on any of these issues as theres plenty of friendly doggy people here who are only too happy help.

    Oh, and we demand lots of puppy pictures too please !!...we all love puppies even if he is 6 months old.

    Good luck
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    Join Date
    Apr 2012


    Keep him on a lead when you are out until he is good at coming when he is called. You can get long leads and he will likely be a bit tricky to control when out.There is a wealth of information on here so search under topics as they come up eg puppy,crate training,obedience etc.
    Good on you for taking him on, his future without you would have been bleak.By the way if he looks so much bigger, check it isn't great dane as the cross in stead of boxer! You can look up size and weight for labs and boxers at 3 months.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2011


    If they have the vet papers, they should tell you what date the shots were given and what age the pup was then. That's how I managed to find out the age of my rescue dog.

    Good luck with the pup! I currently live with a labrador (possibly cross, though she looks purebred) who is just gorgeous. They are usually very hyper pups though, so be prepared for a bit of a rollercoaster ride. It will be well worth it.

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    Thanks for the advice everyone

    We have asked for the Vet records and all the others forms so you should get all them. We'll ask if he has been microchipped and registered.
    He is booked in to see the Vet on the Tuesday for a general check-up and his second series of vaccinations (providing what we have been told is reflected on the vet records).
    We went to the pet store and bought him a bunch of toys(kongs, ropes, balls), a collar, tag, lead and all the other bits. Speaking to the lady in PetStock, they offer obedience classes for 8wks - 17wks old puppys but when we showed her the photo, the lady said he looked atleast 5-6months old. We will have to wait and see.

    In terms of crate training, Im not fond of the idea of leaving him in a locked crate. I have read about crate training and I understand it is good to keep them out of mischief but I think I'd much rather leave him in the garden to play with the cats when we are need to leave without him. We will buy him a crate/kennel for him to sleep in if he wants to.

    He doesn't look like he is cross Great dane from the photo but we wont know till he get him

    Thanks again for the advice.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009


    The vet will be able to tell how old he is. Usually teeth give it away if nothing else does.

    Dogs often become very difficult to manage when they hit the dog equivalent of teenage years. Which is usually between 6 and 18 months old. A lot end up at the pound at that age.

    Any dog can be trained - especially if it loves food, but there will be something it likes that can be used as a reward for doing what you want.

    The vet might offer puppy pre school. A lot of dog clubs do also. ANKC dog clubs are usually pretty cheap. Ours is $75 for a year - as many training sessions as you (and the good weather) can manage between Feb and November. And there are also professional dog trainers (or trainers of people to train dogs). Training of big dogs is very very important.

    Trick training sessions wear a dog out faster than just going for a walk too.

    You need to prepare your home for destructo dog too. Get anything you don't want chewed into rooms or cupboards the dog cannot access. Even the toilet paper - mine currently lives on a window sill where I can reach it but the dog cannot. Well not without falling into the toilet.

    I can highly recommend cows hooves as a nice chewy thing that lasts quite a few days, and generally doesn't cause any problems regarding swallowing splinters. Any new toy you give your dog - watch him with it for at least the first 15 to 30 minutes... If he starts to destroy it - take it away and give him something tougher.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Hunter Valley NSW


    Best of luck with your new addition!

    Training is a great way to bond with your dog and you will find that after a surprisingly short amount of time you will have a great improvement, even if you only spend 20 or 30 minutes a day training your dog.

    Many people look at a crate as a "cage", and don't like to "cage' their dogs. A crate will be a very useful tool to you, whether it's for time-out, or to keep your dog safe while you can't supervise him. As mentioned above, it will also help with toilet training. If you introduce it to your pup properly, he won't mind using it one bit, and will probably look forward to using it.

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009


    This person on youtube has done a series of "Crate games" videos..

    Crate Games is a dvd by Susan Garrett - which teaches a series of steps to get a dog happy about being in a crate, and then using that to get a dog excited about all other training you might want to do.

    I disagree about waiting until the puppy is 3 months old - SG does these games from 8 weeks old. Though the initial part - about not letting the dog out until it's worked out the sit thing - can be divided over several short sessions as long as it takes. I skipped the sit and just waited for evil hound to stop trying to bolt out when I opened the door...

    Crate Games Part 1: Zelda 13 wks - YouTube

    Another good thing to search for on youtube are videos of a game called "its yer choice".

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