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    Default Welcoming our new puppy to our home - advice needed

    Hi All,

    As you might have read in my introduction, I will be getting my Labrador retriever puppy this weekend, when he’s 8 weeks…SO EXCITED!

    As im a newbie dog owner, I was just wondering if you guys could give me some basic advice which will make my puppy’s arrival to his new home more comforting for him.

    With this in mind, I have some questions:

    Eating – I will find out from the breeder what food puppy was eating up until now, but do you have any specific brand / type of food which would be best suited to my 8 weeks old puppy (Labrador retriever)? I know there are guidelines on the packaging for how much your puppy needs to be fed each day. The local pet shop suggested Purina Pro Plan.. is that any good?

    Sleeping - What is the best thing to use for a bed for a puppy?

    Access areas – Initially, we planning to keep our puppy indoors, so he’s going to have access to the laundry, kitchen, dining area and hallway, all of which are tiled. Would this be enough space for puppy? Every morning and every evening I will take him for some play time outside. The idea is to keep our puppy / dog to restricted areas within our house (i..e tiled areas) and not in the bedrooms / lounge. So is it a good idea to set the boundaries from a young age?

    Other animals – We also have a kitten in the house, who is only a little older than my puppy. Do you think it is safe for them to be in the area together at the same time?

    Other – is there anything you guys can think of which will make my puppy’s arrival more comforting? It might be something a simple as leaving plenty of “puppy toys”

    Look forward to hearing from you guys.

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,
    Robbie

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    There's a lot of answers to your questions already in this forum somewhere.

    Just type the question in to google and put

    site:dogforum.com.au

    at the end.

    eg
    puppy food site:dogforum.com.au

    you might want to google

    puppy biting site:dogforum.com.au

    cos apart from screaming the house down if you try to make him sleep alone at night - biting is going to be your next problem cos those puppy teeth hurt.

    suggest you get some rigger gloves or welding gloves for training...

    eating - I would feed the same as what the breeder does. I would ignore what the pet shop, supermarket, tv ads, and even the vet say - unless the vet can explain to you why the first listed ingredient is not a specific meat protein.

    So Pro Plan has "Chicken" listed as the first ingredient ok but what bit of the chicken? Whole carcass? feathers and feet? and then a lot of cereals - not so good. Essentially sawdust filler so your dog's tummy is full and it craps a lot and large.

    So it's not bad and it's not good.

    It comes down to what you're willing to pay for what quality and whether you think it matters. You can feed raw or home made fairly cheaply and the dog poos will be much smaller and less stinky. I would avoid tinned dog food - unless you like big sloppy stinky poo.

    Brands I like are black hawk holistic - they do a puppy version and Nutro Natural choice (made by Mars) Mars also make Advance and my dog started on that, but I swapped to Nutro because she kept getting the runs on Advance. Other dogs do fine with it.

    I also feed a home made casserole of mince meat (Or chopped steak/chicken thigh if I can be bothered), vegies and a bit of cereal (brown rice, oats and bran). We get the best poos on this plus a bit of the black hawk to make sure all the vitamins are covered.

    Tho pretty sure evil hound sorts this herself by eating grass and stuff from the garden.

    Sleeping - I had a crate for her for when I was out, and a cardboard box next to my bed and assorted mats (old folded towels and things) around the house and a hammock bed with hessian cover (not so fond of the plastic shade cloth covers but I don't think my dog cares. Assume all bedding will be chewed and shredded for the first 18 to 24 months - so don't use anything you care about.

    until she was about 18 weeks old - I got up twice a night to take her out for potty stops. Be boring - just potty and go back to bed.

    puppy access - definitely limit area puppy can access unsupervised and watch like a hawk otherwise. As soon as the nose goes down to sniff, grab puppy and run outside for potty. Potty outside or designated spot after waking, playing, eating and every 1 to 2 hours religiously.

    Rough rule of thumb for exercise 5 minutes per month of age. So 8 weeks - 10 minutes in one go. And then potty, then sleep...

    Kitten and puppy time should be supervised. Stop - just grab or interupt any behaviour from either that you don't like. But the more interacting they can do safely at this age the better. Kitten will soon seek puppy out as personal hot water bottle. But has to learn to not swat claws out in the face. Puppy has to learn not to harrass kitten when kitten says back off.

    foundation games to play
    crate or bed or mat is fun - ie treats and attention for going on the mat/bed
    Go potty (on lead) praise for toileting outside.
    collar grabs - practice grabbing and playing (gentle tugging) dog's collar and pairing that with treats and pats so dog views your had coming to grab collar as a good thing.
    Try to say the dog's name every time you hand over a treat so something like
    Mungry - yes - treat.

    Yes means you're going to get a treat. Mungry is the puppy's name.

    use part of puppy's food to train as many tricks as you can think of - because that heaps them sleep by wearing their mind out. Do five treats at a time and then play (Then potty outside).

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    Welcome to the forum Robbie etc
    congrats on your new choice of companion.
    our moderator has answered all of your questions far better than i could.

    you seem to have your head on straight, with some full nights sleep aiding your brain. I would get ready for those first few nights, just in case you have yourself a screamer! lol

    Bed. A cardboard box. seriously, its going to eat that first bed, real fast. With very washable bedding. Its going to pee and poo possibly over it also. Save your fantasy of a what a dog bed should look like, till the 2nd 6 months at earliest.

    Make sure you video your pup, and take thousands of photo's, posting us gorgeous pic of that lovely blonde hair, black seals eyes they have. so gorgeous these pups!

    Have you chosen a name yet?
    and just curious, is the kitten allowed on carpet?

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    Your breeder should provide you with the answer with most of those questions. For the rest I recommend people read Leerburg Dog Training | 17,500 pages of dog training information, 750 free dog training streaming videos, free eBooks, podcasts, by Ed Frawley and Michael Ellis
    http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c11/Mali_nut/K9LOGO.jpg

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    I hope your pups parents have been tested for all hereditary diseases and especially had their hips and elbows scored. Labs are a pretty common breed to have hip and elbow problems. Just saying so if they haven't you might be able to pull out of the purchase and find a pup that has those extra guarantees(although of course nothing is ever guaranteed)

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    Your dog is going to chew, the key is to make sure he/she has things it is allowed to chew. I've just brought up a Stafford pup and I almost didn't lose a single thing to his chewing. Old running shoes were the key for my dog ... i.e something that smelt like me kept him chewing on that rather than other things. Trial and error but don't get mad if he/she chews something it wasn't supposed to, that your fail, not the pups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    I hope your pups parents have been tested for all hereditary diseases and especially had their hips and elbows scored. Labs are a pretty common breed to have hip and elbow problems. Just saying so if they haven't you might be able to pull out of the purchase and find a pup that has those extra guarantees(although of course nothing is ever guaranteed)

    The lady we getting the puppy from confirmed she will show us the mums pedigree papers and also confirmed the parents were hip scored and eye tested and everything was perfectly fine. She is going to show me the papers on Friday when I collect the puppy.

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    'robbiepapenfus' - when are you picking up your pup ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RileyJ View Post
    'robbiepapenfus' - when are you picking up your pup ?
    Did you pick up your pup on the weekend ?

    How did it all go ?

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    Hey,

    Yes, picked up pup

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/115697...7642762390453/

    Cheers,
    Robbie

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