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    Wink Choosing a Puppy

    Hi Everyone,

    I have just joined up here and looks like a great place for learning a lot on how to look after and train your dog.
    We are going to view some puppies this Friday and I was wondering if any of you have any suggestions on how to choose a puppy? We will have 6 to choose from, so I imagine it will be tricky to choose

    Also any advice on some things I can do to make our new puppy feel at home and some Do's & Don'ts? I want to give our little one the best start and not start bad habits

    Thanks in Advance

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    Join Date
    Nov 2010


    Picking a puppy....I love picking pups. IMO, you just know which one is meant to be yours, and they know they are meant to come with you.

    However, there are some things to look out for. You want bright eyes. You want a friendly pup, but not to with a normal gait.urious. One that doesnt quickly shy away or bolt at loud noises or sudden movements (though a wee step back is OK) C Chubby but not potbellied...

    Hmm, there will be other posters coming who will have much better advice than mine. Also though, go with your gut/heart because one of them will leap out at you and sometimes, you need to be completely in love with your pup to put up with stuff LOL

    What breed are you getting? Do you have a preference for a boy or girl (that will limit your choices obviously within the litter)?

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    Hello Lala and thank you so much for replying
    That sounds like some great advice, I am so excited I can't wait until Friday!
    The Puppies Mum is a Labrador x Wolfhound, and the Dad is Labrador, they look so cute in the 2 photos I have seen, I can't wait to meet them. There are 5 girls and 1 boy to choose from, but I think we would prefer a girl so we will have 5 to choose from
    So much to organise as well, trying to read lots online, they will be ready to come home on the 12th March, so not long to get ready.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Southern NSW


    What breed is your puppy and what will you be doing with your puppy....i always want a great retrieve, so i do roll little balls or scrunched up paper and see their reaction. I also sit on the floor and watch the puppies...i like middle puppies, not the bossy one and not the timid ones or the one that is not interested.
    Also you need to decide on which sex..If you decide, that also lessens the pups that need to be checked out.
    I also like to pick up the puppies and see their reaction.......I like puppies to wriggle a little and then show some trust. If allowed by the breeder I do try some luring.

    I have gone with a few owners to be, to pick puppies, if the Breeders were not giving them any guidance, the Breeder often will be able to identify the puppies and tell you something about their character. That is why i like it if the Breeder can identify the puppies. Most good breeders can

    And there is always these two free books to read...Link to get them here....... Free Downloads | Dog Star Daily

    I have sat with the puppies for hours to decide

    Also I do like to meet the parents, it will tell you quite a bit about what the puppy will be like.

    There is actually a system I use, it is called Volhard link:................ Volhard Dog Training and Nutrition: Behavior and Training: Behavior
    Pets are forever

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    Hi OP

    Hope you find your right pup - from the breeds you mentioned, sounds like a good mix of breeds. Just prepare yourself and enjoy spending time
    with your pup every hour of each day. Just keep educating yourself by reading from older posts or by asking questions.

    I am in this stage, we got our pup last weekend and everyday is a learning step for everyone in the family.

    Good Luck!

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    Just an FYI - Male dogs are easier to deal with then female dogs. Females have more attitude and are more inclined to do what pleases them. Male dogs are often more affectionate as well. So keep this in mind. If your concerned about marking, then desex early and put in the right training. All of the well trained boy dogs I know do not go around marking. And in fact I have a female dog who marks as much as a male dog (and she is desexed).

    Most people are inclined to choose the puppy that comes right up to them (they think the pup has chosen them) and in fact it is often too confident. I would pick a pup that seems cautious but also curious. Don't pick the over confident or the over shy puppy.
    Make sure you can meet both parents and that both parents are friendly with people (adults and children alike) and other dogs.
    If they are keeping one of the parents really separate from the pups ask why.
    Temperament issues are genetic (as well as environmental) and you want to give yourself the best chance of a good pup. If the parents have questionable temperaments then you really should walk away and look elsewhere for a pup.

    Check out where the pups have been living and ask what socialisation they have been getting? Ie: is the "breeder" putting in effort to handle the pups etc. Do they spend time inside and outside? Have they met any other dogs? Have they met any cats? Etc

    How old are the pups now? You should not take a pup home before 8 weeks. Pups have a critical socialisation period with their littermates and mum from 6 - 8 weeks, if taken before this time it can leave serious behavioural issue. In fact I am dealing with an irish wolfhound x bullarab pup at the moment who is only 12 weeks old and already showing signs of serious dog aggression issues.

    Otherwise the other advice above is fantastic as well.

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    Thank you so much newfsie, pbk1776 and Keira & Phoenix

    You are all so friendly and have all given me such great advice, it's so good to know I can come here and get a lot of information to help our Pup grow into a great family pet
    I think I have a much better idea of what I am doing now, I have been reading a lot and now am more confident in choosing a Puppy.
    Thank you also newfsie for the great links to the free books to read and Vollhard info, I have been looking around the sites and there is so much useful info on there too, so I have bookmarked them.
    Well tomorrow is the big day, we are going to view them at 10.30am, I will pop back to let you know how I went.
    Once again Thank You all very very much, I really appreciate it

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2009


    Hi Whovian

    Glad you're doing a little bit of research before getting your puppy

    I like this article for what to look for in a breeder
    What is a responsible companion animal breeder? - RSPCA Australia knowledgebase

    And this one about what to look for in a puppy or rescue dog. You want the friendly one not the shy one and not the bossy one. You want the one that likes playing with you. But is not completely freaked out when on their own.

    After you get your puppy this has great info.
    Digital Dog Training Textbook | Dog Star Daily

    Labradors and wolfhounds are mostly very friendly dogs, both can be a little bit slobbery, both can be prone to joint problems like hip displasia - where they get pain and go lame. So I recommend you get pet insurance from as soon as you get your puppy then they have to pay if your puppy is later diagnosed with one of these problems and you want to get it fixed. Sometime bargains are not such great bargains.

    In some states - the puppies are required by law to be microchipped before they're sold and it's recommended they be vaccinated too. RSPCA says they should not go to a new home until they are at least 8 weeks old. If they get taken from their litter mates too young, they can end up a bit socially incompetent with other dogs and that makes them difficult to take for walks in public places.

    You need the breeder to tell you what the feeding regime is (two or three feeds a day for a 8 week old puppy) and what the food is, because changing it all at once - can cause tummy upsets. You also need to know what the vaccination program is - if they look at you like you're stupid when you ask - run away - the ongoing vet bills won't be worth it.

    One of the most common vaccine programs is a 3 dose C5. Which means the puppies will get a shot every two weeks from about 6 weeks old roughly so you will be up for the last one or two, so you need to know what they started on so you continue the same system with your vet. Ideally get something in writing with their vet's contact details so your vet can talk to them.

    And you will need a system for dealing with or preventing heart worm, digestive worms, ticks - depending where you live, and fleas. Your vet should be able to advise you on something that suits you. Annual vax and wormers and flea treatments for me total up somewhere near the $300 per year mark. But I figure it's well worth it.

    And when you get over that shock - ask your favourite vet about puppy pre-school, they will teach you heaps about how to look after your dog and train it to be a well mannered pet, so many labs are rude because the owners are slack. Labs are so easy to train because they love food so much. And if you like dog training you can join clubs that do more of it.

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    May 2011

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