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    Default New Puppy - Albury/Wodonga Member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Welcoming our recent addition Asha, the Dogue De Bordeaux x American Bulldog x Labrador (she is 10 weeks old today and 10.2kgs) and we are thrilled to have been able to bring her home.

    She seems like such a sensible pup already - super fast learner (we want her to be a 20-30 word/phrase puppy within the first 3-4 months) 11667474_10204974098936385_8679265274288944760_n.jpg11800593_10204974096376321_1947564716953593948_n.jpg

    Have always owned large breeds through our family (Mastiffs/Danes/Rotties etc) some of which were adult problem rescues - so she should be a breeze, starting from scratch (after we get past the night time crying and cheeky puppy chewing - fun fun!)

    We are from Albiry-Wodonga, so if there is anyone out there who is from the local area - send us a message :-)

    Have been reading a lot on the forums about nutrition etc - All ears for any suggestions. She is currently on a morning and night combination of Optimum puppy dry (will be changing over to Black Hawk as the bag gets lower) and beef mince (we have a great pet food products store here for things like pet mince,) with chicken necks as her lunchtime meal.

    Thanks,
    Schnecke
    Last edited by Schnecke; 01-04-2016 at 11:36 AM.
    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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    Hi Schnecke

    Nice to see you posting instead of just lurking...

    I think Newfsie is near to the Hume or does training days there with her water rescue dogs. But is away at the moment doing water rescue training...

    All I can say is Puppy! - hide your dirty socks and shoes...

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    Hi Schnecke,

    wow... she's a bit cute. I love her eyeliner... and I have a near overwhelming desire to touch her tummy! Puppies are so new and pink and sweet... possibly the most endearing creatures on the planet. Plus 1 to the chewing though... I'm still recovering from my girl's tactical cable snips to my speaker system, headphones etc *sighs a heavy sigh at horrible dog* haha. Asha looks like a real sweetheart.

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    cables - I forgot about the cables.

    I think mine zapped herself chewing the cable to the shredder... and never touched another one. She's a fast learner on some things.

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    Thanks for the replies! Yes I am a bit of a lurker :-P Can never have too much knowledge and understanding through other people's experience - I'm a listener and a bit of a sponge.

    She has settled in so well already - I can't believe it's only been a week and she isn't crying (she only has a little sook when she wakes up or wants us to let her in from outside, but she seems very relaxed compared to her littermate which a friend has adopted, he cries whenever he is by himself and isn't eating as well - but I am sure it'll just take him a few more days and he will be good)

    I have been penning her overnight but have been doing loads of reading on crate training and that is starting tonight, so I'll start the swap from one to the other (she adapted to the pen really well, did NOT like the laundry) so I think the downsize to the crate from the pen will be good (she has the habit of waking up, going to the toilet, THEN crying to be let out thinking it's playtime - so I want to stop that as quickly as I can. She is only restricted overnight (11pm - 7am) with a 2:45am outside toilet break (the things you do in the middle of winter hey?) but she is using the pen as a toilet so it is definitely too large.

    Chewing - Yes, she wants to test out everything she can get her prickly little teeth into - We have puppy teeth proofed the yard as much as we can and what is left we won't cry about if she decides it's next.
    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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    It is normal for all pups to bite things ! It is the only way pups work out what is what !

    She is 10 weeks old – so distract her and redirect her to something she can chew on.

    With my little one – I fed her carrots, cored apples and chicken wings – she loved them -particularly if they were cold or even semi-frozen.

    She will start proper teething at ~ 14 weeks – so - then you will really know about puppy teeth !

    I really like these links - so some reading for you:

    Puppy Development Schedule | K9pro Training

    How to Survive Puppy Teething and Nipping | Karen Pryor Clicker Training

    I don’t blame her not liking the laundry ! It is the coldest room in the house – the next worst is the bathroom !

    Good Luck with the crate training !

    You will find that is the best thing you can do and it will make life so much easier for you. Slowly does it. Ignore her when you are setting it up. Put really comfy and warm stuff inside the crate - include a jumper or T-Shirt of yours in there, put a cover over the crate, leave the door open and see what happens. She won’t be able to resist investigating what you are doing. Half of the battle is won right there !
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    Oh - BTW - Asha is seriously cute ! Looking at her front leg joints - she will not be a small one !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schnecke View Post
    Hi Everyone,

    Welcoming our recent addition Asha, the Dogue De Bordeaux x American Bulldog x Labrador (she is 10 weeks old today and 10.2kgs) and we are thrilled to have been able to bring her home.

    She seems like such a sensible pup already - super fast learner (we want her to be a 20-30 word/phrase puppy within the first 3-4 months) 11667474_10204974098936385_8679265274288944760_n.jpg11800593_10204974096376321_1947564716953593948_n.jpg

    Have always owned large breeds through our family (Mastiffs/Danes/Rotties etc) some of which were adult problem rescues - so she should be a breeze, starting from scratch (after we get past the night time crying and cheeky puppy chewing - fun fun!)

    We are from Albiry-Wodonga, so if there is anyone out there who is from the local area - send us a message :-)

    Have been reading a lot on the forums about nutrition etc - All ears for any suggestions. She is currently on a morning and night combination of Optimum puppy dry (will be changing over to Black Hawk as the bag gets lower) and beef mince (we have a great pet food products store here for things like pet mince,) with chicken necks as her lunchtime meal.

    Thanks,
    Schnecke
    Here's a suggestion on your selected pup. Get a mortgage!

    the DDB is known for allergies and skin issues.
    so my advise is, if you have no allergic reaction to whatever you are feeding now. Stick to it. Because once the allergy is activated, its 2 months of hard work to get it under control, often if a vet is involved this will mean antibiotics of course!

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    Thanks RileyJ - Yes we expect all kinds of chewing - That's okay, dogs chew, can't help nature :-) She will always get different things to test out, I can't imagine how boring it would be to get the same old toys! We were giving her chicken necks but they don't even touch the sides, she chews twice and can swallow them, so the rest of what I got the cat can have and she is onto beef ribs and chicken carcases - along with her regular food.

    P.S. Thanks, we think she is pretty darn cute too :-)


    Thanks Bernie, She is only 1/4 DDB, but as we really don't know what she will grow into (we picked her for her chilled out temperament - her looks are a bonus - but we won't really know what she will grow into until she's done her growing (exciting and scary at the same time, I like to always know what the outcome will be, so this is a test of my patience. Who knows, she might be 1/2 jack Russell (doubtful, but entirely possible!)

    I ordered some Taste of the Wild last week to slowly change her over to that as I'm not keen on commercial foods available locally and she will always be on a combination of that and raw. Thanks though for the advice, I've known a LOT of staffy and bully breeds with skin issues, so it's something to watch for.
    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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    Default January Update - Boy has Asha Grown!

    Well, there is certainly NO DOUBT who Asha's father was visually now - She is growing into a Wolfhound!

    She has all the little wolfie whiskers and the wolfie personality. She is THE MOST chilled out 7.5 month old giraffe!

    I weighed her at 7 months, 37kgs and 64cm at the withers (top of shoulder)

    She has grown another cm in the last 2 weeks and is no doubt heavier. I think she will top out about 71cm and 52-55kgs (lets see how good I get it) She is more wolfhound than her mother (DDB X Am. Bulldog) so she won't be as heavy thankfully.

    Please enjoy some updated photo's!

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    Asha - 22/05/15 Wolfhound cross a Dogue De Bordeaux X American Bulldog.

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