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Old 07-31-2008, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hello everyone.

We've been wondering when the best time is to do certain things with your puppy, for example:
  • 1st Bath
  • 1st Visit to the Groom Parlour (she will get stripped)
  • 1st Time in a boarding Kennel
  • 1st time to wear clothes
Ok, the last one was a joke!!

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Old 07-31-2008, 10:17 AM   #2
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Offhand I would say for the first two, as soon as possible!

Have you seen the "Puppy Rules of Seven?"
http://www.ontheridge.net/aboutus.htm

Or the "Puppy Rules of Twelve?"
http://www.uvhs.org/behavioral_docs/..._puppy_dog.pdf
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well i am all new to dogs and puppies, but personally i would make sure that the pup is comfortable with me and my family first, so on a timescale give it 2-4 days to feel more comfortable around you and then slowly start introducing it to new situations.
as far as boarding kennels go i would leave them for a long time yet, as the pup is just getting used to a new life style and a new family.
i would not put my blake into no kennels for a long time yet, if i really needed him looked after for a day or two due to unforeseen circumstances i would try to get a really good friend that he knows to look after him, and even then just reluctantly, call me over protective lol. but on a practical note i assume once all the vaccinations are all up to date and working it should be no problem
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Right then... I'm off to run the bath

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Bathing I never do but with puppies I have bottle fed they got baths right away being in own poo. I used the dryer to dry them as for 2 weeks they cannot elevate their body temperature and do not shiver or pant. I have to watch for draft even if very hot. They must be kept 98 degrees.

Stripping takes a long time as I had Airdales, learned to do some of it myself, or just shaved it like the airdale cut as I was not showing, so sooner the bathing to get it accustomed the better. Brush it alot to get it used to being handled and the feeling of tools on its body.
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The absolute first thing I did when I got Charlie was give her a bath. She Smelled awful from the shelter and she pooed on herself on the way home in the car. But I guess it depends on the age of the pup too, as someone said.
I don't know anything about grooming or kenneling.
As far as clothes go...my mother in law breeds mini-poodles and she dresses them up when they are still pretty young. They love it! I guess it probably depends on the dog though. I bought a tee shirt for Charlie and she hated it. So I gave it away.
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Re the kennels, if you know a good kennel you would like to use in the future it would be ideal to arrange to bring the puppy over for short visits to get him used to the place and the people before leaving him to stay. Of course you wouldn't start these visits until he is fully vaccinated.

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