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    Quote Originally Posted by Beloz View Post
    I commend you for going to such lengths to prepare for your dog. Shows you are committed. But I do question if you might be overdoing it a tad? Of course it's all good, but is it necessary? I have never needed to divide my backyard or have a kennel for my dogs. Nor have they shown any interest in the laundry, ever.
    Better to be over prepared then under prepared.

    Lots of dogs like pulling laundry off the line, my first dog did it for ages until we blocked off her access to the area. Mostly did it when our dumbass housemate left his socks on the line for too long but was worse then that at one stage.

    Having your backyard divided means they won't worry so much if the dog digs up spots and it can be puppy proofed ensuring the dogs safety (and anything in the backyard you don't want chewed) while it is young and apt to chew on things it shouldn't (don't get me started on the phone calls we get about puppies dying from being left unconfined in a backyard). Also means that if the kids want to go out and play and you can't supervise the dog can be separated for safety reasons (the kids and the dogs).

    Kennels are good if the dog will be spending working hours outside alone.

    Personally I believe it is fantastic foresight and pre planning. I would do the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    Better to be over prepared then under prepared.

    Lots of dogs like pulling laundry off the line, my first dog did it for ages until we blocked off her access to the area. Mostly did it when our dumbass housemate left his socks on the line for too long but was worse then that at one stage.

    Having your backyard divided means they won't worry so much if the dog digs up spots and it can be puppy proofed ensuring the dogs safety (and anything in the backyard you don't want chewed) while it is young and apt to chew on things it shouldn't (don't get me started on the phone calls we get about puppies dying from being left unconfined in a backyard). Also means that if the kids want to go out and play and you can't supervise the dog can be separated for safety reasons (the kids and the dogs).

    Kennels are good if the dog will be spending working hours outside alone.

    Personally I believe it is fantastic foresight and pre planning. I would do the same thing.
    Spot on and thanks - I know that I listed a lot of things and preparation/planning before getting a dog, As you all know the dog will be left alone for 8 hours during the weekdays, it is a peace of mind we after for the safety of the dog and our property :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    THanks Bernie - and to everyone shared their comments and opinions.

    Just a quick update everyone - I am now saving for $$$ in few months We will be welcoming our new family member, it will be a surprise. I am wishing that through my research and studies I will accomplish great things and will have an excellent family member.

    First from our plan

    1. Divide the back yard
    2. Put up fences
    3. Concrete where the kennel will go (Near the shed) so 1/3 of the back will be concrete the rest grass
    4. Making sure that where the laundry goes is dog free
    5. Front yard will be fenced and gated so the dog can roam around the house (dedicated door just for the dog)

    so I think this will be a project for good 3 to 4 months
    I know this sounds silly, but just make sure the meter man can get to where he needs to get without intervening with the dog, or the dog with him.

    I think it sounds like you have great plans........
    Pets are forever

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    Ok - quick update

    1. We found a breeder and we are going to pick up our puppy in a month -
    2. Concreting some parts of the backyard and for the dog + kennel now done (thanks for mates who just want a drink after helping me out)
    3. Fencing will be pick up soon - dad is providing this to me
    4. This weekend I will make sure to clean the backyard and look for spots where she can dig holes and block them off.
    5. and we will prepare the clothes line area so we can put up fence.

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    Thats great! What breed of dog did you end up picking?

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

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    Thats great! What breed of dog did you end up picking?
    I actually followed my instinct and for the couple of weeks I spent time with breeders with my partner and boy - I will keep it a secret until we pick her up in

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    Oh dam! I hate secrets congrats anyway! You must be so excited.

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

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    Another quick update

    Booked puppy school already - so when we get her, puppy school straight away on March for 4 weeks. then see how we go from there
    Plans in preparing the backyard slightly changed, partner wants me to put up fence slightly different from what we planned. so I will be
    preparing this this weekend.

    For the dog kennel - I am using my sister's old cubby house for the roof, so basically looks liek the second image from this link What exactly are cubby houses

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    Get a cat, you don't have time for a dog you said so yourself. Dog's are for life not to be rejected when it does not suit you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zac Q View Post
    Get a cat, you don't have time for a dog you said so yourself. Dog's are for life not to be rejected when it does not suit you.
    Neither are cats. Really, you obviously have not read the comments on the original post. Twelve pages in and we truly have dealt with the committment questions by now.

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