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Old 10-10-2010, 12:26 PM   #1
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Exclamation Puppies Need Consistency

Puppies are fun! They're cute, and adorable, so much fun to take out and show around. While socialization is important for a young puppy, it is ALSO critical for them to have a sense of a loose schedule in their new home. Don't get a puppy and go on a road trip within the first month of their being with you! ~ Either with or without the dog. This is stressful and highly likely to cause at the very least some stomach upset. It also overloads their sensory systems. Yes, they need exposure to new things... but to put it in perspective--would you take a newborn infant on a world tour immediately after getting out maternity care from the hospital and expect everything to be fine?

I only wish this was not coming from a RL experience. I pity the dog-- I know of one where the puppy was picked up over a month ago from the breeder and has not been home since. It goes everywhere with the new owner who is oblivious (and cannot be convinced that the health problems are likely from over-stimulation). The dog is not even in the same region as the home or breeder right now. End goal is that the owner wants this dog to replace the previous late service dog. Sadly, this puppy is not on the right road to becoming a service dog, and will likely have some major problems in the future.
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Old 10-10-2010, 04:29 PM   #2
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I'm not so sure I'd agree with that theory for all puppies Draco.

All of our puppies over the years were well traveled from the time they were weaned. They were at some sort of dog event almost every weekend (some of them were very long weekends) and most of those involved many hours of travel. Without exception, every one of them turned out to be well adjusted, well behaved dogs that could go anywhere and take anything in stride.

Puppies sleep a lot so travel isn't normally a problem for them as long as they're not neglected and are properly socialized along the way.

There are many pet owners who actually live in a motor home and travel almost constantly. With the introduction to new sights, sounds and smells every day, their dogs are probably far better socialized than many puppies who live in a stationary home and are kept on a strict schedule with a couple of walks a day on the same route.

IMO if the owners put as much time and effort into the puppy as they should while they're traveling; chances are it will turn out to be a happy and well behaved dog!
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In at least the above case the owner has never raised a puppy before, previous service dog came fully trained. The training manual being used is Puppies for Dummies. Since the end of August this pup has been from hotel to hotel room this entire time to date (and a little longer). I agree that if someone had a solid foundation of puppy raising that it could be done... but a newbie to the dog world? Honestly, there it is a bad idea.
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I agree. This is almost like a new owner picking a puppy to raise. It would be better all around if they had experience with puppies before getting one. New mothers that have never been around children much need to have an experienced mother around to help them learn some basic stuff. Just going by a book doesn't cut it.
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Sounds to me like the puppies owners' wouldn't be doing much of a better job even if they were staying in one spot!! Don't blame the travelling when it's the owners themselves who aren't doing a good job.

MacKenzie's home for the first 8 years of his life was the RV. We lived in it full-time whilst doing art/craft shows on the road. he never knew what a house and a fenced yard were before then. But then he didn't know what snow was either...

He did his first road trip the day after I got him...it was pretty slow going, it took me something like 10 hours to do a 5 hour drive. I kept having to find places to pull 50' of motorhome and trailer over so the pup could be walked and then ran into rush hour traffic going around Indianapolis so we spent 3 hours in a rest area... I still remember that trip!!

He did his first show with me that weekend in a baby playpen at the rear of my booth because he was too young to be left in the RV for very long. I threw sheets over his playpen to shelter him from all the attention when he needed a nap or some time off!

Aside from a few quirks that I admit now I should have trained out of him when he was young, he's friendly, somedays too friendly..., well adjusted and spoiled rotten...!! He's never met a stranger, makes friends with anyone and let's me know when he's had enough attention.

Robbie my previous Collie was raised in a stationary home but travelled most every weekend camping with us from the time he was a pup. He was the same as MacKenzie, super people friendly, well adjusted and yes, spoiled by some peoples' standards, but not necessarily mine!!

If these people have never raised a pup, it's THAT lack of knowledge that is hampering the effort, not the travelling, or the hotel rooms.

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If these people have never raised a pup, it's THAT lack of knowledge that is hampering the effort, not the travelling, or the hotel rooms.
Very well said Kenzie'sMom. I agree completely.

Draco what kind of difficulties have they run into with the pup that causes you concern for it's well being due to the traveling?
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GI issues that very much so resemble a stressed/overstimulated dog. The owner insisted it couldn't be that at all, as this pup was very well traveled. (may be the case, but still). Fecal was clean on the dog.

There's a little more to this, but I have to be careful how much I post as this was a client.
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