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    Hi there,

    Just hoping to get some info from all the dog owners;
    What is the number 1 advise you have for a new puppy owner.

    Our little boy is still with the breeder for another 4 weeks so I would love some great info.

    Thanks

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    My advice would be to sort out any issues you have noticed while there young.

    When my pup growled at me for having my hand near his food or pulled on the lead I didn't avoid the problem just because it wasn't causing me to be frustrated at the time. It can be funny while there young but you don't want to be stuck with an adult that is difficult on walks or wont stay still for you to brush him amongst other things.

    Good Luck

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    Critical Period Socialisation. REALLY IMPORTANT!

    Also if the vet tells you not to take your dog out until it's had all its vaccinations, that doesn't mean it can't leave the house. Take it friends' houses with vaccinated dogs, cats, birds, horses, whatever other animal. It's important to teach the puppy manners and calm behaviour around other animals.

    Socialisation doesn't just mean "socialising" it with other dogs and people. It means introducing it to stimuli it will experience throughout its life. Eg. If you are getting a fluff ball that will need to be groomed regularly then you will need to socialise it with being bathed, clipped, blow dried, nails clipped, etc. If you know your area has parties for NYE where they will set off fire works or want to take your dog to a friends house during these types of celebrations, it needs to be exposed to this. If you will walk your dog near main roads, then it will need to be socialised with cars and trucks and busy roads, etc. If your dog is going to stay at your friends' house when you go on holidays and they have a horse, sheep, chickens, cats, rabbits, they will need to be exposed to these during their critical period. These are just a few examples. Surfaces is another important category. Grass, rocks, sand, tiles, lino, floor boards, Autumn leaves, wet grass, ramps, wobbly surfaces, etc.

    There are literally hundreds of things you can socialise your dog with. You can decide what you want to do but the more the better, because you just never know what can happen in your life.

    Also, if you can, ask your breeder if you can bring in a blanket for them to put in the whelping box for the next few weeks so when you bring your pup home it has a familiar scent in your house. It makes the transition easier for the pup and can help with sleep time the first night or so.

    There is a lot more info that people will post, but personally, this is the one I consider most important. Socialisation!

    ETA: What breed of dog are you getting? Have you thought of a name yet? Have you determined where it will sleep?

    It's good to set rules in place now for the family to follow to ensure you're all on the same page with the training.
    Last edited by The Pawfectionist; 03-02-2013 at 05:39 PM.

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    Thank you so much, I think that is some great advise!!

    We are looking at getting a Labradoodle, unfortunately we can't seem to settle on a name
    but because we will be the guardian family for this dog and he still has to pass some health tests we will probably leave
    it until the last moment.

    We are still thinking about a good place for it to sleep but I do agree it is best for everybody to be on the same page
    and sort these things out before the puppy comes to us.
    Thanks again
    Last edited by Doodle; 03-02-2013 at 05:47 PM.

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    Socialisation and training are definitely the most important things IMO.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Sit down with the family and agree on the dog boundaries. This will be different for every family. For example ... my pup sits and waits for me to go out the door first because I object to being yanked in excitement. She is expected to sit she meeting someone new. When we say "enough" the game is over (essential for ball obsessed border collie). She does not put slobbery balls on my lap when she wants to play because sometimes I am wearing clean clothes ready for work and I will object then ( she can't tell ). She is never fed from the table.When in the car she waits for me to say out as where we park to go the beach is next to a very busy road and I don't want her dashing out in excitement.She is allowed on our bed but only when invited ( compromise between me and my husband..lol) these have been rules from the beginning and I am sure there are others I cant remember at the moment.

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    Hi 'Doodle' and to the forum ! Congratulations on your new pup arriving in 4 weeks!

    So you are looking for the best puppy information for your pup? This forum is a really good start – have a good look around all the threads and you will get heaps of really good information. You have already been given heaps of good information from the posts above.

    So - some extra reading for while you are waiting - some of my favourites:

    Heaps of really useful information here – so please have a really good look around this site: Ch 1: Before You Get Your Puppy | Dog Star Daily

    This one below is from this forum and looks at what a pup goes through at different ages. Definitely don’t look at it to excuse bad behaviour – but to understand what your pup is going through at his different ages.
    http://www.dogforum.com.au/puppy-dis...-calendar.html

    This next one – is a really good read and will cover all the areas you need to look at for training your pup.
    TOT – Triangle of Temptation
    NILIF – Nothing in Life is Free
    Behavioural Interrupter
    Dog Behaviour Articles | Steve Courtney Dog Training

    Kikopup - makes things look so easy – so have a good look around her website.
    kikopup - YouTube

    These next ones are also excellent:
    Leslie McDevitt: Control Unleashed�: Home Page and Patricia McConnell PH.D. | McConnell Publishing Inc.

    Initially, the most important people and best advice should come from your pup’s breeder. There should be no questions that they are not able to answer for you. Hopefully you will get a puppy pack with your pup with heaps of information in it.

    Your breeder will be able to tell you about feeding, worming, vaccinations that have been done and what is needed in the future. Feeding your pup when he first arrives at your place – should be the same as what he has eaten at the breeder’s place. You can make changes to his diet – but – it must be done sloooooowly!

    Next important person for advice will be your vet. If you live close to the breeder – then a question I would be asking the breeder – is who do they suggest? Your breeder could also give your advice about puppy kindy/schools/training.

    Things I couldn’t do without – with pups in my place – a crate for sleeping/toilet training, child – proof gates and these - Compost Bin Storage Cage - Bunnings Warehouse - I have 2 sets – so can set up a playpen quite easily in the backyard.

    Check your fences and plants that you have– to make sure they are puppy proof!

    Don’t spend heaps of money on toys for the pup – I have found that pups are very much like very young kids – and like things such as – empty toilet rolls, boxes, plastic containers, empty drink bottles ………………

    Or you could make your own - diy puppy toys - Google Search

    Happy reading and planning – hope you enjoy being a member of this forum – looking forward to heaps of photos of the new pup!

    P.S. You used the word ‘guardian’ in one of your posts – I know what the word means – but I have never heard that word used before when buying a pup. Is this a word that your breeder uses ? What does that word mean in your particular situation?

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    Ditto to everything above. Crate training is probably an essential especially if you are going to do any dog sports with the dog. But even if you don't do sports, crate training speeds up house training really well. Buy a soft crate with an opening flap on top. Place it next to your bed so that when the pup whimpers, you can drop a hand in and sooth him. In the early days, if he does whimper and wakes you up, carry him outside and ask for a piddle. When he piddles give him a big happy cuddle. Night time wake ups will tail off very quickly with this system and you should be sleeping through until early morning within a couple of days.

    The crate will be able to double as a safe haven when you cannot watch the pup for short spells in the day. Make sure that you tire the pup out with a good fast game before you put him in the crate. This will leave him hot and tired and he will lay down and sleep for quite some time.

    Good luck.
    Nev Allen
    Border River Pet Resort

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    Sit down with the family and agree on the dog boundaries.
    Thank you so much!! Yes I agree it's best to sit down with everybody before the pup comes. Some great suggestions as well/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    Hi 'Doodle'

    P.S. You used the word ‘guardian’ in one of your posts – I know what the word means – but I have never heard that word used before when buying a pup. Is this a word that your breeder uses ? What does that word mean in your particular situation?
    Wow so much info again Thanks for that Riley.

    The word guardian means that the dog we are getting is not desexed and will be used as a stud dog for 2 litters.
    So we will part own it with the breeder.
    He will live with us as usual. After he has sired 2 litters he will be desexed and is forever ours :-)

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