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Old 09-02-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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Hi there,
We have never had a dog/puppy before and now we are thinking of getting a Border Terrier Puppy, I have been doing lots of research on dog breeds, crate training, obedience training etc but have a few queries which I would like answered by the experts - ie you - the people who actually own dogs!

We desparately what a puppy to add to our family unit, however, I have a few concerns which I'd like help with.
We are hoping to have a Border Terrier Puppy but both myself and my husband work. I work part time (Term Time Only) and therefore the puppy would be left home alone from 9am until 2.30pm 5 days a week.
When I am at work my plan would be to have a designated lino-ed area in which to pen my puppy in. In this area I would leave a bed, toys, water and food and within this area a potty pad.

If I leave a potty pad down in the area whilst I'm at work does it then mean once I am home that I cannot try to train my puppy to dirty outside !!!!

I've also read that leaving an old fashioned ticking clock near but outside the puppies area would help to relieve the stress of being left alone, also that leaving the radio on helps and rubbing your scent onto their bedding or toys are also ways of helping.

Would it be fair to leave a puppy in a confined area for this time? I've read reports of people leaving their puppies in crates but this area seems to small an area to leave a puppy for 5 - 5 1/2 hours a day!

I'd also like information on 'routine' jabs / operations a male puppy would need and at what age these would be needed.

Lastly does anyone know if there is an age limit to putting a puppy/dog into kennels, we normally go on caravanning holidays which is good because a lot of sites allow dogs however next March we are going abroad and would be looking to put our puppy into Kennels, would it be too young at around 8 - 9 months !!!

Last question - can anyone recommend a good Pet Insurance....

I know there's a lot of questions here and would really appredciate any answers and advice given.
Thanking you in advance.

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Old 09-02-2007, 06:54 PM   #2
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Hi Lovemypuppy and

Honestly you have so many different questions (which is GREAT!) that I fear that if we were to start answering them here, the thread would become inpossible to read!

For starters, here are a couple of threads that might help:
Potty training - from pee pads to outdoors
How to: Crate Train
How to: Ease separation anxiety in dogs
The questions about how best to make puppies feel at home, what jabs they need, how old they have to be before being kenneled, and where to get good pet insurance, well, if you post the questions separately it will make it easy for members to respond.
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Great to have you with us. Good luck on your puppy search. Skunkstripe pointed out some good threads with valuable info. I hope that helps. For your other questions, I suggest you post them individually (in the correlating forum section) as not all members will find their way into the New Member section.
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