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    Default A cute Kelpie x puppy has crossed our threshold

    Hi!

    I am so glad I have found this site! So much great info !

    We have a 10 week old gorgeous kelpie cross..named Jack and he is our very first puppy! So we are beginners in this crazy puppy owning venture! We have 2 kids too, so any advice you can give on raising the kids with the puppy would be fabulous!!

    So far so good, he is quite placid, but is coming out of his shell now slowly, chewing and eating everything! (mind you we have only had him for 4 days..lol..)

    Off to trawl the boards again!

    Jacks Mum
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    Hehe Kelpies are great, my first was a Kelpie (he's 1 year old now) soooooooo much energy i cant even begin to explain! They love alot of attention and lotssss of exercise My advice is to train him early, they are extremely smart and learn very quickly! I self trained my kelpie and he is perfect at everything i taught him, still going to do obedience classes when i get around to it, would reccomend them too !! Good luck!!

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    Plus don't forget to have fun!! Cute pup by the way. I'll bet the kids are enjoying him.

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    There is SO much puppy advice to give :P
    I have 2 kids as well, 7 & almost 2. My third child is a 10 month old Rottweiler.
    The number one thing i made sure i tought my kids to start with is to be gentle, ALL the time. Even if the puppy is being naughty, no hitting.
    Also if you want to conquer 'mouthing' (puppy biting) make sure the kids know to yelp (high pitched squeal) if the puppy nips. That's what it's brothers & sisters would have done & the easiest way to put it in it's place
    I'm overly strict in this house but because of it the puppy will never take food from the kids, even if it is forced into his mouth (this does happen). He won't even walk in front of my kids, they are the pack leaders

    Have fun

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    Welcome aboard this great learning Journey. I was told at puppy preschool to teach you children to be a tree. I am still trying to get that one across the line, when the chasey games get a bit noisy.
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
    ― Charles M. Schulz

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    Thankyou everyone for your warm Welcome!!!

    Some great tips! Thankyou!!!

    He won't even walk in front of my kids, they are the pack leaders
    LOve this Tam! Hopefully I can get Jack to do the same!

    I was told at puppy preschool to teach you children to be a tree
    Maximus-Cav ,So do you mean to get them to stand tall and still like a tree? (when the dough is being rough?)

    Harvez, your little boy sounds great! I agree, they are such smart dogs, am seeing it already in Jack!

    Nattylou, YES the kids are having a great time with him! (which is a relief, as they were very timid with him at the start, they are relaxing now)

    Nekhbet, thanks for that link!!

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    Jack looks like a little champ. Congrats on your first pup.

    My little tip would be to seriously consider buying a collapsable crate. Now it may sound wierd or almost cruel to a new owner to keep your dog in a cage,, well thats how i first saw it, but they are awsome things to own.

    If you ever need to confine your dog for thier safety they are really handy. They can also be used for toilet training and also as a 'safe place' where the pup can go to get some peace and quiet if the kids are getting a bit to much for him.
    I take mine camping with us so i dont have to worry about him during the night and the best thing i found with them is if your dog is ever injured or recovering from surgery they are worth thier weight in gold for keeping the dog calm and restfull.
    Consider one that will house him when he's fully grown, but get a divider so it can be made small enough for the pup but the crate will grow as he does.
    Ebay has some cool collapsable ones. It's one of the best things i have ever bought for my dog.
    Good luck with the pup.


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    Yes Redjack, apparently no waving arms or running feet to entice puppy to continue to play... But my little fellow continues because my daughters tree stance tends to move (on purpose) hence I have to intervene when play gets to rough.

    Puppy also needs a space that he can take himself to for timeout. Daughter had to be taught that one to. Sleeping dogs and all that.
    “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog.”
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    Thankyou everyone...with sadness I will end this here..We lost Jack today. He was in an accident at work and didnt make it..

    I havent cried this much in ages The kids have taken it better then me..

    Jacks mum

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