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    We're picking up our puppy tomorrow and I need some advice (pleeeaaase) He is a King Charles Spaniel called Bingo (from a registered breeder) and I'm panicking.. I can't remember the last time we had a pup so we are real novices!

    We have a bed for him, some food, a leash and a nice cordoned off spot in the lounge for a little bit of time out for him (and our kids!). I have a soft head band (hee hee) to keep his ears out of his food at dinner time and lots and lots of love to give.

    What else?????????????????????????

    Even if you think the advice is obvious there is a good chance it is not. We need all the help we can get!

    TIa

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    A heartbeat pillow - most good pet shops will have them - they help calm pups down when they first move to a new home

    Also give him some timeout - he will be exhausted and will need plenty of sleep so make sure he gets his own time.

    congrats

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    Thanks Occy

    Does the old clock in a pillow case still work? Or is that just for cats?

    He is 16 weeks old so how much time out is enough? See, I told you we were novices!

    Ta

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    that worked for our dog back in the day. At 16 weeks he may not need it. Just give him time - he will tell you when he has head enough.

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    Oh, and another one

    I am a SAHM so Bingo will have lots of company but the day after we get him we have to visit the in-laws and will be out for about 4 hrs in the morning. Should we take him (an hours drive both ways) or will he be OK on his own. My gut says to take him but I don't know. If we are out should he be put in his play pen (not huge,but not tiny either). I just don't know what is acceptable to pups and what isn't IYKWIM?

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    Can you get someone to look after him - that would be the ideal

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    Yeah, I think we could get my folks to baby sit. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks again Occy

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    Congrats on your new puppy! Don't be too worried, I was a bit nervous over a new pup after so long too. They're not that hard to look after, as long as you are very consistant with him from day go. For example, work out what his rules are and what is suitable behaviour and stick to it. They tend to get confused as to what is right and wrong if we keep changing the ground rules . Things I'd suggest you get: LOTS of chew toys! I know he's not a GSD, but our pup (who is 9 months old now) would have chewed us out of house and home lol. Treats for rewarding good behaviour? Um.... Make sure his area for sleeping isn't too cold. How are you going to toilet train him? In regards to the heartbeat pillow, I got a "Snuggle Puppy" off ebay, wasn't too expensive, and even though I've taken the heat pack and heartbeat doovy out of it now, she still plays with it. Best of luck!
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    No worries - we all have to be new to stuff sometime!

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    Thanks Goodies girl

    We have booked into puppy preschool and I'm hoping to get a bit of toilet training ideas from the breeder (and hoping that he has already begun training). We have a couple of chew toys but it sounds like a few more may be in order! His sleeping area should be OK because it will be in the lounge room......I presume at night time we should enclose him a bit? Thanks for the ideas

    Not sure the babysitter will work out for our in-law visit. What would be the next best thing? Leave him at home for a few hours or bring him with us?

    Thanks again

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