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    Once every fortnight I go to the pet store and buy 10kg of roo mince. When I come home I tell my dog I've been out hunting.

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    Have to say the first week or so, the sudden shock, massive lack of sleep, near full-time work (and full time stress) was the hardest. I got lucky with my boy, he had the whole toilet training thing done and out the window after a week & sleeping through the night. He has always slept in my room with me and will wake me up when he really needs to go out. There's too many snakes and toads around usually, so I don't trust him outside at night on his own.

    IMO the most important thing when you get a new puppy, is have someone or somewhere you can just hand it over, forget about it, and go do your own thing for a few hours. Really takes the stress off & I could actually eat occasionally

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    I doubt it was just luck, Thingz! Though some dogs are probably harder to toilet train than others, but in the end, if you're one the ball and consistent, they'll get it faster.

    I did have one foster pup who really hated rain and wet grass. It rained almost non stop for the two weeks after we got her!

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    Yeah, living in NQ most nights taking him outside involved walking in the slushy grass. Pup didn't care in the slightest, but it was constant floor cleaning until it dried up a bit. It was basically just a case of taking him outside every couple of hours or so, didn't have to reward him other than a confirmation and it just stuck, never had an issue in the house since. Usually when he wakes up he shakes and the collar rattling wakes me up too, so I know to let him out. If not he'll just sit beside my bed and poke me with his nose until I wake up. Unfortunately for him he's startled me a couple of times and I've had a swing at him, but he's managed to get out of the way quickly enough Their signs become very obvious very quickly.

    My mothers dog is very much like that, absolutely hates water in any form. He doesn't even drink enough water, and he'll avoid walking on wet grass at all times. Raining outside? Not a chance. My pup was such a contrast as he'd be out laying on the wet grass in the rain No chasing him with the hose either, he'll just stand there until he's soaked.

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    IMO the most important thing when you get a new puppy, is have someone or somewhere you can just hand it over, forget about it, and go do your own thing for a few hours. Really takes the stress off & I could actually eat occasionally
    This is what I used a crate for when I first got my puppy. If I needed to go shopping etc, she'd go in the crate. If I get another puppy - she will have the benefit of being trained that crates are great places to be, first.

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    Lack of sleep...............My older 8 month old puppy was the hardest pup I have ever done......He was fearful and panicked, worried and nervous and not toilet trained. Just imagine everything newfie size But all the same things still work, never any anger and all positive when he did the right thing...baby puppies do routine so very easily. But damaged good from someone else can be terrible.

    I love teaching real baby puppies they are like sponges. With patience and kindness they learn so quickly. I take mine next to my bed on the first few nights, it is way too awful to be just separated from all your litter-mates. Luckily i have very sweet other dogs that will give them attention. All mine are indoor dogs
    Pets are forever

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