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    Default The hardest thing of having a puppy?

    Don't get me wrong guys. I know we all love puppies here but for the sake of beginners or those who have just gotten a new pup, maybe this thread could help them dealing with their new pup.

    So what's the hardest thing that you have to deal with on having a new pup? Would love to hear from all of you.

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    Toilet training! Who doesn't hate having to stand outside in the cold (and wet even) and dark waiting for a puppy to bloody wee already. And then there's cleaning up the accidents when you don't do that often enough or get the timing wrong.

    Another thing I never look forward to when getting a new foster pup is the morning crazies. I'm not sociable when I haven't had my first morning coffee yet. So puppy kisses, being jumped on, having puppy run off with my slippers etc does not make me smile in the least at that time of the day!

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    Recall training
    Loose lead walking
    Things being chewed up.

    Unfortunately for her I didn't learn about "reward based" training and "average or better" or "controlling access to re-inforcers" until she was about 14 months old.

    How I got enough of a stay and a recall to pass "grade 5" I don't know but it got me into agility classes and then I learned about those things while she was turning her tail on me and nicking off to eat possum poo... I had to learn how to get her to pay attention to me and what I wanted despite being in a field of possum poo (yum) and doggy and people friends (or not friends).

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    I would say toilet training as well. This has been my problem in my first and 2nd pup. It took me more than 10 months to really see that my pup knows when to pee or poop. I'm not that expert either and I ddin't sough professional help maybe that's why it took them long to be toilet trained.

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    I'd say the hardest thing is how quickly that gorgeous puppy stage flits by - that yummy, rotund belly to smell and rub, the complete strangers who can't help but come straight up a cop a feel of the scrunchy little thing, the head being too big for the body as it stumbles around learning the world of all things new, the complete switch from mania to dead sleep as it exhausts itself....... I guess it's a little like what memory does to women and childbirth - after a while you gloss over the horrible bits and only remember the good (so I'm told, I'm more of a puppy-lover than a baby-lover).

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    For me it was the constant collar shopping. Seemed like every few weeks i had to buy a new collar !!! The joys of owning giant breeds i guess.

    ...and yes, toilet training sux. But i'm glad the effort finally paid off. I get woken up twice every night by a cold wet nose in my face so i can llet him out to pee and drink. Better than cleaning up dog piss in the dark i guess.


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    I actually quite enjoy recall training with puppies! Nothing cuter than to see them running to you all excited. Great for bonding too.

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    Nothing cuter than to see them running to you all excited.
    I got Dora the Explorer - nothing she liked better than exploring, hunting mice, visiting friends... totally didn't get the point of coming to me at all. Unless she'd run out of other people to visit.

    You should have seen her this morning tho. Me and a friend and her dog and evil hound - I had to use the facilities... evil hound (recall what recall) had to go exploring so I asked friend to keep an eye on her and DISAPPEARED!!!

    Did my dog panic or what. Still didn't want me to catch her when she finally did find me though.

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    As I have not had a puppy for a long time...with the exception of Chloe (7.5 mths when we got her). I would say all of the above and the fact you can't take your eyes off them for 5 seconds and obedience training at 4 mths is fun too.
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    I'm personally going with the first few days =)

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