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Old 11-13-2008, 07:06 PM   #1
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On Tuesday evening I brought a puppy. She is 17 weeks old. I don't think the people who had her told me the whole truth about her.... the woman said that she was a beddlington x lurcher.... but the vaccination record and my vet said she has some geman shepherd in her and terrier.

Shes doing well, I think. Well I am worried as I've never had a puppy ... only a rescue dog that was about a year when I had her. She has this habit of trying to nibble me. and biting... and chewing everything in sight! What I am trying to do is praise her and make a fuss when se is good and ignore all the rest.

I am not sure how often I should be feeding her ... or how much. I'm not sure how to play with her....

I take her for walks ... and I got her an Halti collar ... she is doing well but has this habit of sometimes walking behind me and trying to muzzle my back of my legs.

I am a novice and not sure wher to look fr information and advice. When I took her to the vets yesterday for a check saw a vet I hand't seen before. He gave her a basic check and when I asked for advice on looking after her he just told me that there were books.

I feel stressed.

I feel as if I have bitten off more than I can chew.

I am a bit wary as I am unsure about the german shepherd mix of her.

I'm asking for help, advise and reassurance.

I want to be good for her ... and help it be good for both of us to be together....

any kind words for me and Pickle?

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Old 11-13-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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I am a bit wary as I am unsure about the german shepherd mix of her.
Why?!
German Shepherds are amazing dogs if treated right - my own is a gorgeous rescue boy, perfect with our 2yr old and our 5yr old.
Did you go into this with no research ? If shes 17wks old, you should feed her 3times a day with a good quality puppy chow. As far as walks go, you should probably start with 10 minutes twice a day and increase or decrease depending on how much energy she has.

You can buy sprays to make furniture taste bad to your dog, and just carry on as your going with the praise and ignoring. If you need more help, just google for information on looking after a puppy! Simple as that!
Make sure she gets good food, good walks and proper mental stimulation during the day, and google for extra tips and information.

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She has this habit of trying to nibble me. and biting... and chewing everything in sight! What I am trying to do is praise her and make a fuss when se is good and ignore all the rest.
See, you are a natural, great instincts. For more info on biting check out this article:

http://dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-biting

And for chewing:

http://dogstardaily.com/training/err...ewtoy-training

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I am not sure how often I should be feeding her ... or how much.
The simplest way is to buy a good quality dry puppy food, use the back of the packet as a starting guide but adjust up or down as necessary by monitoring her condition. She will need her daily intake split into at least two meals.

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I take her for walks ... and I got her an Halti collar ... she is doing well but has this habit of sometimes walking behind me and trying to muzzle my back of my legs.
It's great that you are getting her out walking. Trying to muzzle your legs is just because she isn't very happy about the Halti as yet. At such a young age, unless she is very strong, you should be able to walk her on just a flat collar. She will likely need some training in order to learn not to pull. If you haven't done this before it would be a great idea to find a local obedience club and sign up for some classes. They will be able to show you how to train her, play with her, socialise her, and answer any questions that may come up.

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I feel stressed.

I feel as if I have bitten off more than I can chew.

I am a bit wary as I am unsure about the german shepherd mix of her.

It's normal to feel stressed and overwhelmed in the first couple of weeks with a new puppy. Don't worry, sounds to me as if you will cope just fine, but I really recommend some training classes as a support network (and hopefully you will have fun too).

Don't worry about her being part GSD. GSDs are known for their trainability and intelligence and can make great pets. Get stuck in and put in some hard yards training and learning handling skills now to make sure she grows into an ideal canine citizen as an adult dog. The biggest mistake people make is not training their puppy and waiting for problems to start before they seek help. Prevention is so much better than cure!

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Oh, and where are the cute puppy photos??????

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judith, relax. Its normal. I don't think there's a single one of us who hasn't had a "What did I get myself into?" moment with a new dog or puppy.

And I think your vet was right not to give you advice on training - it's not what they are normally good at. Paigeolivia and Kaos have given you fabulous advice. YOu can also check out our FAQ section as there are articles there which have been written by members here.

And of course people are ready to help if you post with questions. We've all been there so don't be shy!
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Hi...
On Tuesday evening I brought a puppy. She is 17 weeks old. I don't think the people who had her told me the whole truth about her.... the woman said that she was a beddlington x lurcher.... but the vaccination record and my vet said she has some geman shepherd in her and terrier.

I take her for walks ... and I got her an Halti collar ... she is doing well but has this habit of sometimes walking behind me and trying to muzzle my back of my legs.

I am a bit wary as I am unsure about the german shepherd mix of her.
Hi I wouldn't worry about your dog having Shepard in her, it can make her more trainable, I have a German shepard mix, and he is lovely but also a special case in his own way, have you got any photos, mine are a lurcher and a long dog and with the beddlington crosses that I have been in contact with most have a grey coat (although it can be different) that it slightly wavy, I also think that you should try a normal collar as she is still young. And I request photos to, and if your dog does have German Shepard in it that might be what they consider to be a lurcher, and a lot of lurchers are crossed with terriers aswell really a lurcher is what people call any dog X a sight hound, so even if your dog is a German shepard X terrier X sighthound with one of the parents, it would still be condsiderd a Lurcher Good luck though and I really want photos.
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Get lots of chewies, such as kongs, rawhides, bullysticks, pig ears, beef bones, what ever you can get for him to chew on. SO the puppy will have plenty to chew without destroying your home. Puppies chew ALOT!! And I don't think people understand this and blame the poor pups. But it's our responsability to make sure their chewing is properly directed. Especially if you see him chew something that he shouldn't, just redirect him to his chewie!
This is the one of the best pieces of advice that I can share, also being a mama to a little one.

Oh yeah another thing, if he nips you, make a loud, high pitched, whimper noise like you were a litter mate getting too roughed up on. Puppies will bite, but if you are consistant he should learn how to only soft bite you. More like a mouthing thing. Maybe I'm wrong here but, my pup never bites me, but accidentally does get me with his teeth sometimes, just cause they're sharp and pointy! Again redirect with the chewie so he bites at that and not you. Maybe someone has better advice....
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