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    Default New puppy advice

    Hi everyone, new to the forum, My husband and I will be getting a new puppy soon (Golden Retriever) ready in a month.
    We have a 18 month old daughter so right now I'm trying to get prepared. Its been quite a few years since we have had dogs.
    Can anyone give me any tips / advice on things to remember?
    We have started shopping around for the essentials (bed, toys, training gear etc) and also pet insurance. I plan on enrolling the puppy straight into puppy school followed by once or twice weekly obedience training for at least the first year. I am lucky that I am home full time so will initially have a lot of time to devote to the training of the puppy and they will get a ton of socialisation and different experiences but I do remember how hard the puppy stage is especially with kids around. Am I best speaking to a trainer before our puppy arives so I can learn to be consistent from day 1? Do you have any obedience club or trainer reccomendations in South East Melb?
    Please if you have any advice at all to prepare us for a smooth transition let me know. I realise the puppy and our daughter will not be able to spend a lot of time together until puppy (& child) matures a bit and it will always be 100% supervised. Thank you in advance

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    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Geelong, Vic


    Get into K9IQ or ask them for a recommendation, very experienced with all breeds. I would skip puppy school and go straight there it will be a lot more useful Berwick K-9iQ Dog Obedience Training and Behaviour Modification - dog obedience and agility training, and beviour modification

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    Thanks for the info. I sent them an email and they have already replied, they are closed over the period I get the puppy but open up when puppy will be around 11 weeks which should still be a good time to start training. They sound great

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009


    Did we link you dog star daily digital dog training text book?

    It's a bit European / USA - for dogs that are inside dogs all the time (cos it snows in winter and everyone lives in apartments)...

    But the advice generally is great and comprehensive.
    Dog Training Digital Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    The best bed for a puppy is a cardboard box and old towels and tshirts and things that are easy to wash.

    The puppy will tear it all up and then grow out of it at least three times before it's done growing. Not worth spending money on expensive stuff unless it's super tough - like black kongs - and with a GR (Golden Retriever) you want the big ones. Small toys have a choke risk with those dogs.

    You may also want to get a play pen or metal crate for your puppy - to provide a place where the dog can be safe from your child and vice versa when you can't be supervising. And then get the DVD "Crate Games" so you can teach your dog to love going in a crate and all sorts of impulse control games...

    A dog that is crate trained - will help when it needs to do vet visits or visits to the groomers or if you decide to take up any kind of dog training sport like gun dog retrieving trials or agility or obedience or rally or dock diving... Or you want to have lunch at the pub and you can't leave the dog in the car. Set the crate up under a tree or on the verandah where it will stay shady (south side) and have lunch with your dog protected from other dogs and people.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 11-06-2014 at 09:56 PM.

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    In my experience, the first 12 months should be socialising and introducing your dog to the world. You want to build it's confidence and start very basic obedience (good manners and ground rules).. Things like waiting until you give the command to eat (building on his impulse control etc), are great for a puppy. Their brains go through many phases until they mature and they will go through what may seem like a defiant period (like a teenager would).. But it's because there are areas of the brain which haven't fully developed yet. 9 months is probably the worst because the dog LOOKS fully grown, but has much mental maturation to go through. Unfortunately, many people loose sight of this fact and feel they cannot handle the dog and many end up in shelters at this age or around it. Just ride the storm.. Much like you're doing with your 18 month old children and dogs are very similar.. And similarly, they both thrive on consistency and routine good luck and enjoy your new family member!

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