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    I have allowed it too. Sometimes it is a way faster and more effective method than having an external deterrent, imo.

    I do tell my dog off if she gets too full on with the cats. It's not such a huge problem at home when the cats have heaps of safe places to get to. All they have to do is jump on a table or bench or over a baby gate. But of course you do want to prevent them not being able to touch the ground without being charged at. The lead will be your friend to teach your pup some manners in that regard if needed.
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    Having just got a puppy
    Training treats - I use dried chicken liver but there are lots of others that people use
    old towels
    I do raw food but in the process of investigating discovered the evils of much of the commercial food. This was my biggest topic of decision so do your research before the puppy comes. Following what they are already eating and modifying slowly. If mine had come with cooked food i would probably have stuck with that and cooked hers myself.
    Look around your house I still laugh at the speed with which my main living area became denuded of knicknacks. We are now going up a level as she grows.
    I also had to decide how I would transport the puppy in the car - crate/ harness /back of station wagon.
    I also had to find a vet but sounds like you probably have one

    I do think you are very sensible preparing so well.

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    Yup, already have a great vet 5 mins up the road.

    No nick nacks below human shoulder level - they never came back after kittenhood!

    I was considering making my own food (cooked - I'm too squeemish to deal with raw, I think) , but slightly concerned that I might miss some essential nutrients if it was a pup we end up getting.

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    Gosh, I dont buy anything until I get the pup home LOL. Im a impulse buyer generally though (oh lets look at the SPCA today, oops got a dog) so that could be why.

    When I had cats, I dont worry about special places to get away or anything. If cats dont like it, they will let the dog know, and cats already have secret spots they can go when they wanna hide. When I had cats they sorted the pups out quick smart while they wer elittle. And I only had one water bowl for 2 dogs and 3 cats, they all shared. The dogs were taught not to eat the cats food that was down all day and they never touched it.

    As I like to say "dont make too much of a fuss" coz theyll pick up on it LOL

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    The weather kindly pointed out some things I needed to add to my list! Gumboots and a rainproof coat! Possibly the most important things if we get a puppy! For those middle of the night toilet breaks!

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    For the first car trip home - crate? seatbelt harness? or just a lap to sit on?

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    I'm the same as Lala. Didn't even know i was going to be coming home with a dog that day so on our way home from the pound we went straight to city farmers got her fitted for a harness, collar, grooming materials (de-matting brush, shampoos & conditioner), Dry kibble, food & water bowls (wallets were empty after all that LOL)

    Our first car trip home was on the lap. Within five minutes she was vomiting all over OH's lap (poor baby was car sick) so whilst i was in city farmers spending all the money, OH was trying to clean himself and the back seat up. Haha. So beware of the lap trip, you never know!

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    We usually just go with the "on the lap" approach, but I usually get my dogs from the mainland so they have just spent at least 2 hours in a crate and on a plane, laps are usually less stressful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post

    I was considering making my own food (cooked - I'm too squeemish to deal with raw, I think) , but slightly concerned that I might miss some essential nutrients if it was a pup we end up getting.
    I make my own food and give it to the dogs for dinner but I was also worried about missing essential nutrients so I feed them good quality biscuits (Nutro) for breakfast and that seems to do the trick, it's about $120 for a 15kg bag but lasts forever because they only get like a cup a day

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kristy.Maree View Post
    I make my own food and give it to the dogs for dinner but I was also worried about missing essential nutrients so I feed them good quality biscuits (Nutro) for breakfast and that seems to do the trick, it's about $120 for a 15kg bag but lasts forever because they only get like a cup a day
    That sounds like a good idea. Thanks!

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