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Old 10-24-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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My fiancee is fine about me getting a pup - he actually loves dogs ( and i definitly want a puppy not an older dog because i want the experience of it), but is worried i'm being really optimistic about how easy it will be, he's also stated emphatically that he will be very irritated if it interferes with his after-work routine (he works long hours) or his sleep, well, at least not every night! The pup will sleep in my room (we live pretty separate lives so i can't say i'd really care if he had said he didn't want a dog around).
We live in a small open-plan apartment (doors on bedrooms but kitchen and living room are one) - i'm looking for a toy breed.
I'm not entirely sure how to house train a dog in an apartment with nowhere to confine a dog - and i want to litter train it like a cat like my mums dogs.

What are the things puppies do that aren't really mentioned?
How can i minimise irritating behaviours - and what are they?
I think my real concern is noisiness. I don't want a noisy dog, puppy or adult.

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Old 10-24-2007, 07:16 AM   #2
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sounds like the fiance' will need to change or it is not the right time for a pup. Our chi is litterboxed trained and is a really good girl but she is not like a stuffed dog...she has "interfered" with our life.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:34 AM   #3
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Hmmm. Well they have "accidents", they eat poop, they vomit on the floor (and in other inconvenient places ), they chew on things they shouldn't (like shoes), they eat things they shouldn't (like socks), they whine, bark and generally take over your life. So I think maybe your fiancee has a point there about the interference.
dlambertz is right, it may not be the right time for apup. Alternatively, you may want to look into getting a senior dog. Many are out there who are very calm and come pre-trained, so you can avoid a lot of the annoying things that come with getting a young pup.
Good luck though, if your fiancee isn't on board with the idea it could be a little difficult.
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Old 10-24-2007, 07:46 AM   #4
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Worst things are...worms, eating everything even poop, puppy teeth are razors, peeing and pooping in house, seperation anxiety, loss of sleep due to house training and crying, loss of money due to frequently visits for puppy shots...these are just a few that come to mind But each dog differs...
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Puppies are loads of fun and they can be " evil ".

I think perhaps it is a good idea to consider an adult dog from a shelter unless you are completely perpared for a pup.

Pups like to chew on things, housebreaking is never much fun, the do not always bark excessively but they can if they are suffering from seperation anxiety. They need to be taught everything like a child does. They need to be trained properly ( via obedience classes ) they need lots of good play time outside to ensure they are growing properly. They are loads of work but if you have the time and energy to put into a puppy the experience of owning a puppy can be very rewarding ( but lots of work ).

Once you decide on a breed and a pup, talk to lots of breeders and ask them what they do to housebreak, train and exercise their breed of pup. Most dogs are the same in many things but not all breed are the same. ( hope that makes sense )

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Puppies want attention most of the time. They sqaut and go quicker than a wink. Chew on table, chair legs, chew on people when teething. They can throw up, eat some, then poo eat some. They will pick up laundry and chew on it. Must Puppy Proff the house for electric cords they find quickly. Keep kitchen doors open or they find the food boxes and can make a huge mess. After growing outta the puppy, is Potty trained and went to some Obedience classes, yes it and you should go together as it helps to train YOU to train the pup, things can be fun, walks, running or jogging it will go right along, teach to ride it will love to go and should, mine do. They are great fun playing freezbe, tennis balls, etc. I love my dogs and you will get past the puppy things and have a nice pal to keep you company, they do not talk back.
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Good luck with this decision. I'm a firm believer that all the adults in the household need to be at least somewhat in harmony on this decision. It sounds to me like you're not quite there yet. Having said that, I guess I have more questions than answers for you that may or may not influence you.

Is your schedule completely clear during the times your fiancé wants to be left free from puppy woes? Are you willing to make the commitment to train the puppy without the assistance of your fiancé?

If you fiancé is like most animal lovers, they soon fall in love & change their tune while becoming more helpful and involved. If he's a true animal lover, you're probably going to be OK if you take on the large majority of the responsibility for the things that aren't so much fun about puppies.

To me, the only downside to having a puppy is the amount of work involved. There's a lot of work involved. It's a HUGE time commitment to train them to be well-behaved family members. Do you have the time & the interest of doing all the work?
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My fiancee is fine about me getting a pup - he actually loves dogs ( and i definitly want a puppy not an older dog because i want the experience of it), but is worried i'm being really optimistic about how easy it will be, he's also stated emphatically that he will be very irritated if it interferes with his after-work routine (he works long hours) or his sleep, well, at least not every night! The pup will sleep in my room (we live pretty separate lives so i can't say i'd really care if he had said he didn't want a dog around).
We live in a small open-plan apartment (doors on bedrooms but kitchen and living room are one) - i'm looking for a toy breed.
I'm not entirely sure how to house train a dog in an apartment with nowhere to confine a dog - and i want to litter train it like a cat like my mums dogs.

What are the things puppies do that aren't really mentioned?
How can i minimise irritating behaviours - and what are they?
I think my real concern is noisiness. I don't want a noisy dog, puppy or adult.
Oh my changing your op to saying fiance' doesn't want a dog that interferes to what you have now really makes my post look like I am out of line. Next time I will remember to quote so as not to lose the original post.

You stated your fiance' does not want a dog that will interfere with his routines or sleep. Has that changed since I read your original post?

First post at 6:07 I responded at 6:16 I take it you didn;t like my answer so edited your post to remove the talk about the pup interfering with rountines and sleep at 6:23

How did fiance go from wanting a pup not to interfere to really wanting a pup within 16 minutes and one post? Ok I will get off my soap box but I am not happy that you changed your op because you didn't like my response
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My goodness you are jumping all over the place! You've gone from wanting a small dog, to wanting a Doberman, to wanting a toy breed, to wanting an "intimidating looking" dog, to wanting a dog that won't bark at the door, to wanting a puppy that won't annoy your fiancee. It's good that you are doing your research but I don't think the dog/puppy you are looking for exists. WHAT are the most important things to you? To those of us that have been reading your other posts, it's getting hard to tell. First and foremost if your fiancee is not on board 100% then now is not the time. And it really seems like you have no idea what you want so I think you should wait, continue to ask questions and do your research...then revisit the idea when your fiancee is willing to get woken up by shrill puppy barks and is okay with losing a few pairs of shoes to chewing.
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My fiancee is fine about me getting a pup - he actually loves dogs ( and i definitly want a puppy not an older dog because i want the experience of it), but is worried i'm being really optimistic about how easy it will be, he's also stated emphatically that he will be very irritated if it interferes with his after-work routine (he works long hours) or his sleep, well, at least not every night! The pup will sleep in my room (we live pretty separate lives so i can't say i'd really care if he had said he didn't want a dog around).
We live in a small open-plan apartment (doors on bedrooms but kitchen and living room are one) - i'm looking for a toy breed.
I'm not entirely sure how to house train a dog in an apartment with nowhere to confine a dog - and i want to litter train it like a cat like my mums dogs.

What are the things puppies do that aren't really mentioned?
How can i minimise irritating behaviours - and what are they?
I think my real concern is noisiness. I don't want a noisy dog, puppy or adult.
Having a puppy in the house is every bit as demanding as looking after a toddler. And puppies can be downright irritating if the committment isn't 100 percent.

In the beginning they sleep and play on their own schedule, need constant supervision or safe temporary confinement. They require 3 meals a day, numerous trips outside, play time, cuddle time and continuous, consistent training.

If your bf will be irritated if the puppy interferes with his after work and sleep routines, be prepared to put up with an extremely irritated boy friend.

Under the circumstances you describe; I suggest you invest in a nice, soft, cuddly stuffed animal that won't be in danger of irritating your bf. With a stuffed animal there will be no worries of potty training, destruction of property, unexpected vet bills or expensive trips to the pet store.

It honestly sounds like neither you or the bf are truly ready to commit to the challenges of raising a puppy!
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