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Old 08-17-2006, 01:17 PM   #1
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My name is Pauline. My husband and I own a Shetland sheepdog named Camp. Camp is 12 years now and has trouble getting around as quickly as he used to. I know Campís time with us is short. We love him very much and he has been a wonderful dog for us. He is well behaved and trained. We purchased him from a reputable breeder at 8 weeks of age.

In the last month or so, I have been getting the desire to eventually have another dog. I think this is good planning on my part as I know I will be heart broken when our Campy goes to Rainbow Bridge.

I have Lupus and I am not working but stay home alone often. I would have tons of time to train a new puppy and have a new companion. My husband and I have talked about it and were not sure when would be a good time to bring a new puppy in the family. Our camp is kind of nonchalant about other dogs. He tolerates them. LOL. Our dog is very quiet and independent.

So I guess my question is to you, when should we think of introducing a new member to the family? I was told by one breeder that it is a good idea to introduce a pup right now. That way the pup will know who the Apha dog is and the transition will be easier for my husband and I when our older dog Camp passes on.

I would love to hear what you think. Has anyone any experience in this that could help me?

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Old 08-17-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Is there any collie owners on this site? Maybe you could give me some good advice regarding getting a Collie puppy.

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Hi Pauline,
There are pros and cons to getting a puppy while you have an older dog who is not well. I was just reading on a different forum how someone is getting rid of their puppy because it keeps annoying the heck out of their older dog by nipping and wanting to play and she does not want to put her older dog through that anymore.
The advantage is that if your older dog knows obedience commands it makes it much easier to train the puppy, because the puppy will do whatever the odler dog does. You say "come" the older dog responds, puppy runs alongside. You say "stay", older dog stays, puppy realizes that now is not the time to run around (hopefully!).
I guess if it were me I would put the older dog first. Find out if you can how he would be with a puppy in the house. If he simplay cannot stand it then I would let the old boy have his final days in peace.
But as always, this is just my I am sure others will chime in with other opinions.
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Well I thought I would end this thread by letting you all know we decided on getting a pup. He is three months old and a real sweetie. So far so good...........we are all adjusting! Thank God we bought our crate today, so we have begun crate training. I may get some more sleep tonight and so will the older dog Camp!

I want to thank everyone for their advice, whether it was pro or con. I really did have to look at both sides of it. I am sure I will be back often to ask questions or read the great advice on here.

Again thanks a million.........you are a great bunch....no wonder, you are dog lovers!!!

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i own and breed riough collies if thats any help to you.
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Hi Lassie!

I have some questions about your Collies. Is that okay?

I was wondering how much do your Collie puppies eat a day? Mine is 14 weeks now.

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hI Pauline, good luck with your new baby.

Well at 14 weeks mine are usually on 4 meals a day. 2 milk feed and 2 puppy feeds. As for how much , well it does depend on the pup. some are pigs others not so. They usually have 1- 1/2 of weetabix with goats milk for brekkies and that is repeated for night time feed. Lunch and tea feed is puppy feed soaked in goats milk or soaked in gravy with a little pedigree puppy feed.
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Wheetabix and goat's milk? Wow I have never heard of that before. I thought the dry kibble would be okay at this age???
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LOL thats fine. its just i've always feed them that. Nothing wrong with good old puppy feed. Maybe thats why my pups are always so fat LOL. Goats milk is great for pups.
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