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    Default Making a shopping list for new addition!

    With 4 weeks to go before we can start looking for our dog/ puppy, I need to start planning.

    I have started dog proofing. I cleaned out the laundry room, getting anything chewable and all chemicals out of reach, I've got all my craft/ sewing gear out of the way.

    We already have a crate that we use for bringing the cats to the vet - it would fit a small/ medium sized dog, so that will do if we need it. The dog will sleep in this in our bedroom.

    I also bought a playpen off ebay for like $40 - our house is fairly open plan, so the play pen will give the dog a space to play/ be confined, while the cats come to investigate and while we can't watch him (for the first few days at least, until we know if he's trust worthy!)

    We can't confine him to the bathroom as this is where the cats litter boxes are and the laundry door doesn't close properly. Do you think I should put a baby gate on the bathroom so the dog can't bother the cats while they do their business?

    I was thinking I should get a feliway diffuser for the cats, but they are really expensive - should I have one anyway, or should I wait and see what happens?

    What else do I need to do or buy? I will need bowls and things, I know this. I can't buy collars or harnesses till I find a dog to fit them too.

    Am I over thinking things? I tend to do that! I like to be well prepared.

    I plan on getting most stuff online to save a few bucks, so I need to start ordering things now if they are to be here on time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    Do you think I should put a baby gate on the bathroom so the dog can't bother the cats while they do their business?
    It's not just a matter of them not bothering the cat, but probably more to prevent him eating cat poo! Banjo is 18 months old and still loves doing that!

    The play pen is a good idea. Baby gates whereever you might need them too. A bowl for dry food and wet food if you give them separately (or at all). Water bowl. A mat or bed for him to lie on perhaps? An outside bed if you plan to leave him outside at all?

    And lots of chew toys! I find rawhide is best for those growing teeth. My dog still goes through one a day. Pigs ears may be good for puppies too. My dog had one of those plastic bones too, but she barely touched that.

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    Is it ok if he shares the cats water bowl? They have a great big bowl, though they rarely use it.

    The plan at the moment is that the dog will be inside when we are not home. The cats have free access to the garden when we are home, but kept in when we are not, so the rules will stay the same in that regard, so he probably won't need an outdoor bed.

    I am going to make him a bed - something I have been thinking of doing, making and selling dog beds and coats, so the newb will be my model!

    Is rawhide safe? I always imagine it would get caught in their throats.

    My old dog loved kongs, so I will definately get one of those.

    For food - is dry or wet food best? Or a bit of both?

    I have to start feeding the cats on the washing machine or somewhere high so they have a safe zone for eating.

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    Rawhide is not allowed in our house, too dangerous. If the dog has hair around it's mouth rawhide can go gummy and stick to the hair, then when the dog swallows it can choke them. Also if they eat it too fast it can for ma ball in their stomach and cause blockages. Rawhide does not digest properly... Horrible stuff.

    Wet or dry food... Personal preference really, (in before feed raw feed raw feed raw ) feed what you feel most comfortable with and what your dog does best on. I feed a combination of wet and dry. Dry for brekkie, wet for dinner plus some raw bones and meat as treats.

    Baby gates are a GODSEND. We have several in our house.

    I would get them separate bowls. Cats don't like dog drool in their water. The cats water could be put out of reach of the dogs or behind a baby gate.

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    Cats would hate sharing with the dogs, it would be beneath them LOL.......

    Ask me about food and I will always say RAW or at least preservative,colour and wheat/corn free purchased food.

    I personally do not like rawhides...I go for real bones form baby puppy on. Ours start at 4 weeks........Either very large bones to give plenty of exercise to the little teeth or my favourite, beef brisket, mainly cartilage.

    Dog beds are very personal..We have four dogs, each has their own preference. What we bought for them is not what they choose. One loves anything soft, pillowy and such, one loves our floor-rugs, Katy loves concrete/tiles and the other is a couch potato
    Pets are forever

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    Banjo never seems to swallow big chunks of rawhide. Never had an issue with it. She gets fresh bones outside, but she seems to always need something to chew on. If I don't give her the rawhide inside, she will find something else.

    And my cats have no issue sharing the water bowl with the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Asrais View Post
    Is it ok if he shares the cats water bowl? They have a great big bowl, though they rarely use it.

    I have to start feeding the cats on the washing machine or somewhere high so they have a safe zone for eating.
    I'd be giving him a separate bowl for water, although he may or may not choose to use it.
    You shouldn't have to feed the cats away up high, really. Personally, I have found that teaching rules about food (ie; sit, wait, don't touch, etc) are basically the easiest to teach. Pups (and most dogs!) are malleable, and they are hungry! It's never taken me more than a few days to do.

    Maybe get together some old sheets or towel to use in the car and with his bedding? I think that stuff with your "scent" on it, is a good idea in the beginning too.
    Also, paper towel. Lots of it, for cleaning little accidents. What type of floors do you have? I'm hoping you're are not going to say carpet! I used vinegar in a spray bottle with Duke, and sprayed this whenever he had an accident in the house, but I'm not really sure if it had an effect on him one way or the other. It does neutralise smells though.
    Along with a Kong, I'd probably get maybe a squeaky toy and a plush toy - but just buy cheap ones until you figure out what he likes, and whether he is a big chewer!

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    My cat's don't have a problem sharing water bowls either. If they're thirsty, they'll drink!

    I agree with Beloz - you will need to put the litter somewhere pup can't get to because he will eat the cat poo! All three of our's still do, i've tried to get them to stop but it's like they'll take whatever consequences just for a taste of kitty poo lol.

    Don't worry too much about them all being under the same roof. I have a total of 3 cats & 3 dogs living together and everything is fine. We feed them together (my cat's and dog's like to swap bowls - each prefer what the other has lol), they sleep together and the cats will generally let the dogs know if they're less than impressed with their behavior. I do have older rescues though (2, 3 & 6yrs) so if your getting a pup some training with the cats maybe required... but you'll find the cats will probably train him for you!

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    I have wood floors through most of the house. Carpet in the main bedroom, but its old and we are going to replace it once the dog is settled and reliable. The dog will never be in there unsupervised.

    I will definately have a baby gate for the bathroom, and possibly one for the spare bedroom too, cause that will give the cats a safe room to hide in.

    I know when I bring the dog home for the first time, the cats will probably spend the next week sulking/ hiding - they are not the bravest kitties in the world! I guess I should just let them come out when they feel like it. If they decide to teach the dog about personal space, should I just allow it? Within reason of course, I won't let anyone get hurt.

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    I allow it in my home. My cat's were around before the dogs therefore if they want to test the dogs i will let them.

    Two of my cats are pretty laid back & they quite like hanging around the dogs (usually cause wherever the dogs are, handout's of food are more likely). My eldest cat & the first fur baby tests them on a daily basis - if the pooches even spot him they all start running in different directions, they are so afraid of him. I've caught him lurking behind the kitchen cupboard, doors, curtains etc just waiting for one of the dogs to fall victim - i don't see a problem with it, there is a little chance of harm from a bully cat rather than the other way round. Now and then i will see all three dogs picking on one of my cats and that is a huge No No. They get reprimanded for bullying the cats, doesn't happen often but it does happen.

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