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    Default We are getting a new part time puppy! yeah

    My son, who lives across the paddock with his wife, is getting a new pup.
    For first week, they are off to settle new pup in.

    After that, their plan is, to drop pup off at our place, where it will have Bernie (4 yrs and dog friendly, and good history of being gentle with pups) and Pohm (still a pup herself 10months rottie x bordeaux).

    We are at work and my daughter is out for 4hrs daily. So they will be left alone.
    I want to make the week of intro's count so i can feel safety is secured for pup.

    They have run of a large deck, dog pound, and 2 car space worth of concrete. No grass/garden area. A small paddle pool, (should i empty this? just in case pup drowns? or empty it coz bernie's get stupid when he's wet with zoomies and could tread on pup). And bones? i always leave bones so dogs eat those, not the deck.

    So i have 2 days where i can supervise training all day, and 5 evenings to set this up to run from the following week monday morning.

    Suggestions of how this can be done, In the amount of time i have.

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    Congratulations on your new part-time puppy....
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
    Mohandas Gandhi

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    Congrats Bernie - Grand dogs are great - when they become trouble you give em back.

    Is there a safe open paddock where they can all run together when you do the first intro. Off lead intros are good to see how ' the dogs will get on. In an enclosed space, or "their space" they may get a little protective - maybe.

    I would empty the pool but large bones are ok as long as they cannot be cracked and split open and splintered. Maybe cut up some blue line mains water plastic pipe (from your local hardware store) just to give them all something to chew that is safe.

    Not sure what you are after in the last part of your post. Can you elaborate please.
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    Introduce them all together while son is home for that week...that way you will already have aguage of how well they will all mesh before they will be left alone

    I wouldnt bother empltying the pool but thats just me...maybe just have a really small amount in there if you are worried? I dunno...I guess itll be a personal preference thing though perhaps it is a good idea to deter zoomies until pup is a bit bigger

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    I would initially find a more neutral place to meet and greet. And yes empty the pool. you just never know with a puppy. You would just hate to have to say "if only".....Fill the pool when you are there, becuase they are fun

    Congrats anyway......Love puppies
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    ok, i will empty the pool. My dogs get to swim each morning anyhow, they can do without the paddle luxury for a week. As no, i dont want to have to say "if only id emptied that pool".

    We have a paddock that is where we'll do the introductions. And then they can all walk back into this place. I will add, that we have a pair of escape artist border collies, that were here a couple of night ago, my daughter brought them into the garden/house and called the owner. Neither Bernie nor pohm had any reaction to a a entire male, and desexed adult female border collie being in their home, so this bodes well for a grandpup < love that name. And yes, imagine a baby pup, with no crying to listen to at night Hah!


    Ive seen a photo of him, he looks so cute, but then again, i reckon id think a chinese crested would look cute as a pup.

    The pup is a cross breed ? But im thinking med sized dog looking at the size of mum, so less likely to break when bernie treads on it with those massive dinner plate feet he has.


    "So i have 2 days where i can supervise training all day, and 5 evenings to set this up to run from the following week monday morning.

    Suggestions of how this can be done, In the amount of time i have. "

    What i meant by this was. I have several options. Cate/2 separate pounds/concrete pound/garden/run of house/locked out of house etc. Clearly i have too many choices here and cant decide. Imagine, day 1 of unsupervision. If you can keep dogs separate or together, what would you do?

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    For the four hours of the day that no-one is home, I would separate your dogs from the new pup, but hopefully so that they can still see, hear and smell the baby pup.

    I just don't leave babies unsupervised with anyone except their dam. Once the pup is a bit bigger it should be safe. It's only a few extra weeks to keep pup inside the dog run when daughter is out.

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    i have cleared the bikes out of the undercover run. Pup can stay in there. Other dogs can get to the fence, pup can interact with them, whilst safe behind enclosure gate. I think i would feel safer that its enclosed and safe whilst being unsupervised.

    My son has said that at 4 weeks, pups are now weaned, and they are letting pups go at 6 weeks. This is our local copper, who is an irresponsible dog owner and BYB in my opiinion. I have suggested that they ask the fella to keep their pup till 8 weeks, my son says it would be better to take it at 6, as the care they are getting is not good. Allready the dam is back out wandering the streets once more, leaving pups uncared for.

    Question: take poorly cared for pup at 6 weeks, or ask them to care for it poorly for another 2 weeks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post

    Question: take poorly cared for pup at 6 weeks, or ask them to care for it poorly for another 2 weeks?
    Damn - if you have the chance take the dam AND the pups for the next two weeks, thus making sure of some sort of decent socialization.
    The local copper needs to be reminded that in Victoria it is ILLEGAL to pass a puppy or kitten to its new home before 8 weeks of age. If they are being sold they must also be microchipped before sale. If being given away, the new owner must microchip them before they become 12 weeks of age. Contact the Department of Primary Industries for the exact chapter and verse of the law.

    It's better for the pups to run with their littermates from 6 to 8 weeks as they will at least learn some bite inhibition etc. and get some sort of idea that they are dogs.
    The location on your posts says Melbourne, but if you are in another state a phone call to the local chapter of the RSPCA will advise any laws relating to minimum age of pups before leaving litter etc.

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    I would personally introduce them on neutral ground, your paddock sounds good. Then only let them socialise together under supervision for a week or two until I was sure they would be ok together. If you can put the pup inside a crate or playpen for the few hours you will be gone initially, something where they can smell each other and get used to each other without any chance of any of them getting hurt.

    I am not sure what I would do about the pool, I would definitely pick up the bones as you wouldnt want them fighting over that if the pup picks one up and the others decide they dont like that

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