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    Hi!

    We're a family of 3, hubby, myself, our 3 year old (almost).. & our 8 year old cat AND as of Monday our PUPPY!!

    We found an amazing breeder, went out to the property met the family that breeds them, the litter and the parents, grandma and aunties! They were all so beautiful! Family was gorgeous, dogs and pups included! Hubby would have happily taken the dad of the pups home he was so lovely and reminded him of his own dog he had growing up. And the mum was such a lady, she was gorgeous. So it was great to see the parents/family and it reassured us that we had found the breeder for us.

    My husband has had his heart set on a Golden Retriever for the 10 years I've known him. I grew up with a boxer, (she was amazing) and would have loved a Boxer, but we decided a Golden Retriever would be a better option for our family, and I don't really mind as we a have a puppy join our family!

    We were met by 7 puppies to choose from! As gorgeous as they all were, 2 stole our hearts - one a cheeky, boisterous character, and the other, the sassiest, snuggliest and smallest of them all. I knew from the second I laid eyes on him that I really wanted that one. We asked our 3 year old, Josh, which puppy he'd like.. he put his hands on 2 random puppies and said 'Um..that one!" so he was absolutely no help at all haha. Then as we played and cuddled the puppies trying to make our minds up, we chatted to the family and then the, husband, who said that the little one, had real character and he was their little 'pocket rocket'.

    What I haven't told you is that back in September when we decided that after we moved and settled it would be time for a puppy, we'd already picked a name, too. Josh, is absolutely OBSESSED with rockets. "Rocket", we thought would be a perfect name. So when the husband said that, we didn't need any other signs that he was the one for us!

    So I probably won't be able to sleep from now until Monday when he is old enough to come home! We've been to Pet Barn, Kmart and Petstock and we're ready for when Rocket gets here! I even bought Trixie, the cat, a few little things too.

    Rocket will be 8 weeks old. Chipped, vaccinated , wormed and perfect. But here's my dilemma.. I actually thought that once he had had his first shot he'd be ready to face the world. It wasn't until yesterday when I was speaking with a lovely girl at Petbarn that she said 'Oh no, you can't take them out and about to parks and things until they've had their final shot!" I was mortified! How did we not know this? We do markets 3 Sundays a month along the beachfront and had planned to take him with us. So I did some research, and found that parks and other contaminated areas are a massive no. So after trying to find a way to keep him safe and have him with us at the markets we decided that the risk would be too great, so we are going to keep him home with one of us instead, because it's an all day thing and don't want to leave him alone too long. I'm a stay at home mum so he'll always have someone here with him normally apart from a couple of hours here and there when I go grocery shopping/park etc.

    However we are picking our puppy up from Toowoomba, and we live on the Gold Coast, so it's quite a drive for a puppy. How do I let him go to the toilet/stretch his legs or am I best just to drive all the way home and let him out in the backyard where I know there haven't been any dogs (we're the first tenants in this house) to let him (hopefully) relieve himself and stretch his legs? Please help, I'll speak to the breeder about it too on Monday but just wanted to ask!


    Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!

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    I am not familiar with the east coast so don't know your drive time. When I picked my pup up from her breeder I had a 4 3/4 hour drive and I did not let my pup out till I got her home and she was fine. I have airfreighted pups from Queensland to WA and they have been fine. My friend who lived on the east coast actually lost her puppy from parvo after she took him up the coast with her before he was fully vaccinated.

    I think that once you get him home a socialisation plan is very important. I used to carry my puppy down to the warf in my arms when the cray boats came in and she got used to the noise and the men and the odd cuddle. I also took her to friends with friendly vaccinated dogs and carried her around town and markets and also let her run on the beach at low tide. I also had help from friends with dog savvy kids to get her used to kids. I do my last puppy vaccinations at 12 weeks and wait about a week and then I start taking her out and about on the ground.

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    WoW – Congratulations and how exciting for you all !

    Some very useful information for you and your new puppy:

    Dog Star Daily which includes free downloads of essential Ian Dunbar reading for new puppy owners:

    http://www.dogstardaily.com/free-downloads

    Kikopup has a lot of really good information via her videos and web page:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/kikopup/videos

    http://dogmantics.com/

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    If you have someone else driving – then a collar and lead, a plastic washing basket, heaps of towels, newspaper, plastic bags for rubbish, a water bowl and an empty plastic container to carry water in. Fill up the water container at the breeders place. There can be a big difference in water taste between different areas – so best to play things safe particularly for the car trip home.

    This would be all you would really need for the trip home. Don’t forget a new pup may get sick and have accidents in the car – so best be prepared.

    Run him around a bit at the breeders place and with luck he will probably sleep most of the way home.

    A washing basket can also be easily strapped in with a seat-belt.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=p...w=1280&bih=909

    If the washing basket is reasonably tall – you can use it also for where pup sleeps of a night-time next to your bed – for an easy start with toilet training of the pup.

    Do look at crate training your pup – it will make things so much easier for you for lots of reasons – including toilet training. There are heaps of different varieties – but I prefer to use the metal ones - easier to keep clean and are stronger. I suggest a 48” one for your pup. He will grow into it ! They do come with a divider – so it is a small space to start off with.

    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=c...=ctr:countryAU

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    Next on your shopping list would be door barriers – if you don’t already have some:

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/our-rang...d-safety/gates

    Then next – maybe ?

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/reln-gar...-cage_p3160046

    I have 2 sets of these. They are excellent for setting up play areas in or outside for the pup.

    I also bought one of these for when my little girl came home. It worked well.

    https://www.bunnings.com.au/perma-mu...-3-7m_p4210671

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    So exciting!! Brings me back to March 2016 when I got my Poodle pup

    I drove 10 hours one way to pick up my pup, and took a slow route home over 3 days so as not to overwhelm him.

    In my opinion, socialisation outweighs the risks of disease. So I took my pup out mostly carrying him, but I did let him walk sometimes sticking to pavement and non-dog areas. If we entered an area that is frequented by dogs or if we came across another dog I don't know, I picked him up and carried him (Although he was a little heavy... 8kg puppy!). If we had to take him somewhere that wasn't concrete, I carried him. The only times he went on grass outside of my home were for very brief toilet stops.

    Even being carried, he got loads of socialisation... meeting lots of people and seeing the world

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    Just remember that when your little pup comes homes – he is just a baby. His formal exercise needs are very short. It is more important to teach toilet training and general puppy manners in this time period.

    Have a look at the next 2 links to see what I mean.

    Puppy Culture:

    https://puppyculture.com/index.html

    https://puppyculture.com/exercise-chart.html


    I would take him out for drives in the car and that is about it until he gets his 12 week shots. Don’t worry the time will go so quickly.

    Have you found a vet yet ?

    Puppy Kindy is something I suggest you do. GC has a few really good training schools that also run Puppy Kindy. This is the way I have done it.

    Food:

    Find out from the breeder what she has been feeding the pups. Follow what the breeder has been feeding initially. If you are going to make any changes or add anything new to his diet – then do it very slowly. Pups this age can get very upset tummies very quickly and it can turn into a medical emergency.

    Keep him on the lean side – this will be better for his joints and hips.

    Phew – I think I covered most of it ?

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    Oops – No I haven't !

    You will need a good brush for his coat and other things for grooming him.

    maddogdodge' - will be able to help you with this side of it - because that is one of her many talents!

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    socialising - talk to your local vet about puppy pre school...

    That's what I did with my puppy before the last vax had fully taken...

    And what Kalacreek said - if you know anyone else with a vaccinated dog - you can organise play dates with them in your yards.

    I've also heard the wet sand on the beach (dogs on lead only) might be ok. But I'd check with the vet about that.

    Puppy preschool is as much about training the owners as the puppies...

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    socialising - talk to your local vet about puppy pre school...

    That's what I did with my puppy before the last vax had fully taken...

    And what Kalacreek said - if you know anyone else with a vaccinated dog - you can organise play dates with them in your yards.

    I've also heard the wet sand on the beach (dogs on lead only) might be ok. But I'd check with the vet about that.

    Puppy preschool is as much about training the owners as the puppies...

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