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Old 08-30-2007, 02:08 AM   #1
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I'm considering buying a puppy but want to make sure i'm fully prepared for it.

First and formost i'm a web designer, I work in an office 9-5 with the odd work from home day, my office is 3 miles away from my home and takes about 10-15 min to get back.

My house mate is a nurse and often works nights..

So first of all I think there'll be little amounts of time where the dog is left alone, maybe when my housemate is sleeping... or when we're both in work at the same time.

If the last part was the case, would the puppy be ok to lets say be walked at 6/7am then left around 8:20am to lunch time 1pm and then left again until 5pm?

My work place are quite leanient so I would be able to come back for 30 mins if I was worried.... I just want to make sure it's ok for the puppy.

Secondly I read on a few forums that when the puppy is left it should be left in a crate? Is that correct... I have a few pro's and con's on that one... for 1 it would be safer as the puppy couldnt investigate anything in the house.... but wouldn't it be really squished in there?

Another question i'm sure the breeder would answer but i want to learn as muhc as i can now.... how often would a puppy be walked (we're looking for a bichon frise).

I was thinking something along the lines of... 7am walk, 1pm walk, 5/6pm Walk and then maybe one before bed? lets say 8/9 pm

And finally what items would I need before going to collect the puppy ?

Your help will be most appreciated and any advice will be welcomed

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Crates are excellent, and no they dont get squished! lol. They love it.

Walkings not a big issue when they're little, we take Pebble out twice a day for about 10 minutes each time, although he's yet to wee or poo at the park yet!!
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Thanks for that I just had a vision of the crates being really small :S

Fantastic I might go and have a talk with a local vet, do people do that?

I just don't want to be unprepared

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Yes, go see the vet, make sure you get a crate thats the right size, too big and they might do their business in it, too small, well, they get squished lol.

I spent a small fortune on Pebble before I got him, and I also spent 6 months learning about the breed and reading everything I could to prepare for him.

I bought a lot of thing that I never use, like training pads, a puppy collar (never fit him).

Another thing on the crate, they are safer in the crate when theyre in the car too, dual purpose, and mines a godsend. Pebble loves it in his little den. We got a fan for the side of his crate too, he throws up in the car without it.
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Thanks for that I just had a vision of the crates being really small :S

Fantastic I might go and have a talk with a local vet, do people do that?

I just don't want to be unprepared
Your breeder, assuming it's an ethical breeder will be much more help than your vet on day to day living with the pup.

The crate is purchased according to the size of the dog. If you don't want to use a crate, a 4x4 exercise pen will work just as well as long as it's set up on a washable floor in case of accidents.
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Thanks again, another q... if i buy a crate for the puppy... they grow quite quickly so is it better to buy something a little bigger?

Sorry these might be basic Questions, I need to start somewhere

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I think that schedule would be great for a pup. Sounds like you are on the right track!!

As far as crates go, there is a kind called "Life Stages" (sold at petsmart, usually) that has a divider (it's a wire crate)-you buy it big enough to fit the dog at it's adult size, and then use the divider to make it smaller right now. A crate can be vital to housebreaking.

As far as things you need-food, toys, treats, nail clippers (you want to start early-start playing with it's feet and clipping off a tiny bit when it needs to be), a brush, some mild shampoo, a small pooper scooper for the yard comes in handy, etc. What I also highly, highly recommend is to also start brushing his teeth-they sell small tooth brushes and dog toothpaste at the petstores. Ideally, you want to brush his teeth everyday, but once a week or so would be OK too. Small breeds like Bichons are so prone to tooth problems as they age, every step in the right direction helps.

We are a wealth of knowledge here! Check out our FAQ section, it has a lot of good info on puppy raising. Welcome to the forum.

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What a very kind response, and welcoming to the forum Many Thanks

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Make sure the breeder you find does all the necessary health testing on the parents and can show you proof of their health clearances.
Breeding untested animals is most irresponsible.
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Great advice above! Good luck in your search for a puppy. I agree it sounds like your schedule will be great for a new puppy. There are lots of threads on the boads about bringing home new puppies & all the things you'll need.

A particularly good one is:

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