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Old 08-26-2007, 04:09 PM   #1
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Hi, pretty new around here.

We have a new lab x puppy coming friday.

She is 8 weeks old and is a resuce pup from Dogs Trust.

Really looking forward to her coming and really want to get it right.

We have a good natured 8 yr collie x in the house as well as tow cats.

What advice should we follow to get this absolutely right....we have bough a crate, bed, dishes, some chew toys (incl. mini dental kong)?

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Old 08-26-2007, 04:15 PM   #2
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Congratulations! I can't wait to see your new pup. I do hope you'll post lots of pics including those of your existing critters. We'd love to see all of them.

Don't forget collar, leash, training treats, tags, and some enzymatic cleaner to clean up those "ooops" factors.
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i look forward to posting the pics....be prepared for all the other critters too (i have 4 fish tanks and over 100 fish!!!!)

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Awesome! Never too many pics!
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no problem, thanks for the tip about the enymatic cleaner....have puppy pads but never thought of that one!

the rescue centre recommended 'perfect puppy' by gwen bailey as recommended reading

i must also admit my wife is a little apprehensive as we lost our 14 year old collie x Heidi last week.....any advice on that?

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Well done on getting your pup from the DT, I always like to hear of a dog being rescued. It sounds like you are well prepared for your new arrival, so I wish you luck!
As for it being so little time since you lost your dog, I think it is different with everyone. We needed to get a companion after we lost our 14 year old female, not just because there was something missing, but because our other dog was devastated having had a companion all his life. We got Breagha 9 days after we lost our other dog. It's not like you are replacing Heidi, as she will always be with you, just now you have all your love to give to a needy puppy.
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Well this sounds like one lucky puppy. You are experienced dog owners who know what it takes to successfully give a forever home to a dog, committed enough to be researching puppy care etc, and caring enough to be adopting a rescue pup rather than financing a back yard breeder or similar - sounds like you have done so much right already . I also presume that since you have had collie crosses, a lab cross who is likely to be a similar size with similar (if not slightly less) exercise requirements is a sensible choice.

So sorry to hear about the loss of your older dog, but I think a pup will be a perfect distraction. Puppies are usually such natural clowns you can't help but smile at their antics, and a puppy is so very different from a mature dog that you it couldn't feel like a replacement. I am sure your eight year old will also welcome the distraction of a new family member.

I haven't read Gwen Baileys book but have heard it recommended by well respected and knowledgeable sources several times so I strongly suspect it is an excellent read. Not sure what your training preferences are but if you feel like giving clicker training a go and haven't done it before the Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training by Pamela Dennison I think is a good read.

Best of luck with your pup, and we will definitely need photos.

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Don't forget some Bitter Apple to stop the puppy from eating furniture,leash,etc.
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It is normal for yr wife to be apprehensive but the new puppy will bring her ownpersonality that will be different from the dog you lost.
So sorry about the death of yr old dog.
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thanks everyone, keep the advice going!

enzymatic cleaner and bitter apple is on my shopping list for today!

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congrats on the new pup! and kudos for getting a rescue!

don't forget to take lots and lots of pics - they grow up so fast!

good luck - and i am sorry about your loss. i had to put two down last year from old age, pets really do hold a special place.

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