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Old 03-05-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Some of you know that I am in the process of looking and preparing for a Puppy. I am so excited and so is the family. It's like when you're having a baby (I know you know what I mean, not entirely like having a baby, but so very exciting that we're extending our family with a Puppy), we're talking about what adventures we'll have with her and we're going through names already hehehe.

Anyway, I just wanted to say I have been reading through the threads and have learnt loads already, just from this forum. I'm beginning to feel much more confident and I know when we do get our puppy, I'll be coming here to you guys for lots of support.

The point of this post is I need to be ready and start getting things in now.

So I know I need;
Two food dishes (one for food and one for water)
A collar
A lead
Some puppy toys
Puppy blanket (already have this for when we collect our puppy)
Puppy bed
A Crate.
Puppy brush
Puppy food
Litter tray? (is that needed?) I plan to start training the puppy outside straight away, although I know nighttimes will be different, so I may need the litter tray.

Is there anything else I have missed out? Or is there anything on there I won't need?

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That's a comprehensive list - but you might also want to consider a first aid kit and first aid book - there are zillions on the net - just picked this one out at random

http://www.horseactive.co.uk/shop2.p...1&gobutton.y=8

whenever i've had a puppy I've taken it outside to do its business and urinate during the night. I know that isn't always practical for some - but it doesn't last for long - remember when your kids were young! LOL (don't remind me)

i'd recommend burns puppy food -
http://www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk/puppy.htm
if you are at all unsure give them a ring its a freephone number - its on the website


We are always here to support you and you'll get lots of advice. Your puppy is lucky you have really done your homework. Looking forward to you posting pictures - pictures and more pictures!

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Old 03-05-2007, 04:35 PM   #3
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YES!
#1 Things to chew on! At about 10-12 weeks your little darling will become a a chewing monster (they are teething) so be prepared with a variety of chew toys. Soft rubber, hard rubber, rope, marrow bones, a different type will strike puppy's fancy at any given time.

#3 Toys!
I bought all kinds and got rid of the ones that my doggies had no interest in. There are round balls, oblong balls, things that look like tires, stuffed toys, things that squeak, grunt, jingle, rattle, you name it. I would say to visit your local pet store and allow yourself to be bewildered by the selection of toys and pick out five completely different types. But definitely choose one good sized large stuffed toy, about the same size as your puppy. He/she will be lonely after having gotten used to sleeping with 6 or so littermates and puppies get comfort from a stuffed toy the same way that little children do.
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Sounds like you are going to be well prepared - good job. Depending on your house layout a baby gate can sometimes come in handy in the early stages.

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Exciting Maggie ! Please post some pics when you have your new puppy.

You sound like you are pretty much prepared.

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Thanks everyone, We already have some doggy teddy bears, and my son has already chose which one will go in the puppies basket to keep her company

I'll make sure I get a variety of toys too.

I never thought about a First Aid book or stair gate, so these will be going on my list too.

As for pictures I love taking photo's so you can expect loads!! LoL.
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Hi Maggie, great list!
You will also need nail trimmers (small size)...best to start on your pup early, so she gets used to having her feet handled and nails trimmed.
Also, a toothbrush and paste, only ones specifically for dogs. If you go into you local pet supply store, you will find a section for this.
I'm not saying you should start clipping and brushing as soon as your pup comes home...give her a few days to settle, maybe even a week...and then very slowly introduce these items to her.

The litter tray? I would focus on having the dog do its business outside...the earlier they catch on the smoother and faster the housebreaking will be For the first few nights, with any puppy, they will be going to the bathroom every few hours... This may sound silly, but if you bring your pup home on a Friday..you will have that evening, and Saturday evening where you can get up and not have to worry as much about the amount of sleep you didn't get Since you won't have to go to work on the weekends. Some pups adjust easily to doing business outside...that's how it was with Shelby, she caught on quickly, if she had to go she went to the door.
When you first bring her home, take her outside for business, right away. If she goes say "good girl, business outside"...in a very pleasant and happy tone Bring her inside, and in about an hour or two, if she hasn't peed in the house...bring her outside again, and see if she goes. Again, lots of praise if she does Soon enough you will learn of her "business signals" and once you do, watch her, and when the signal comes, rush her outside.

Sounds like your going to do a great job raising this little pup! We're here for you whenever you need some help
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Oh, one more thing, just a thought. If she poops in your house, before you have a chance to catch her, instead of picking it up and tossing it away, bring it outside to the area she is supposed to do her business, and put it near it.
Shelby has a large area available to her to do her business, and sometimes I notice that she goes close to the areas she has already gone in.
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Hi Shelby, thanks so much for your advice. Everything you said made a lot of sense and I just repeated it all to hubby.

OK I won't bother with the litter tray and I know I have to be prepared for some sleepless nights - Ouch! LOL. Hubby has to get up at 4:30 in the mornings for work, so he said he can take her out to the garden then, but the big test is trying to make sure puppy doesn't wake hubby up before then. So the odd times I may have to sleep on the couch when I take her out in the night. But that won't be for long anyway.

Also hubby and I have agreed to wait as long as it takes to make sure we get the right breed dog for us, we've now decided against a Staff and Springer Spaniel. So am going to look into other breeds. I can't wait to hold my puppy though! LOL.

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Where is your puppy going to sleep at night?

If she is in the bed with you or beside you, you could keep her on a leash and loop it around your arm. Unless of course you are a tosser and turner, lol. When she starts moving around, you will feel a tug at the leash. Most likely, she will be ready to go potty.

If your lucky, you will have a whiney dog like my new girl Hope. She always whines when she needs to go potty. Usually I take her out right before bed around 9:30-10:00. She doesn't wake up to go potty till around 6am.
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