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Old 03-28-2007, 11:47 PM   #1
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I posted in my introduction thread about getting our new puppy this weekend. Well, I spoke with the owner tonight and he's coming home on Friday! Duncan is 6 weeks old- border collie/ boxer mix.

I have a few questions...

-treats- I've read a lot about praising the good behavior, treats, etc. What kind and how many treats are ok? Sounds like as your going through various training situations a dog could be getting lots of treats. and are treats something I start with on day one?

-going potty- We have a large yard. I know it's best for the dog to have an area where he goes. Do we need to pick up the poop to throw away or can we just 'throw it in our woods' in the back part of our land? Any recommendations for pooper scoopers?

-collar and leash- what kind should we get? Sounds like we won't need the leash very soon since we'll be hanging out around the house for awhile and just playing in our backyard, and maybe if he needs to be attached to me during house training.

crates and beds- we bought a crate and dd (13) wants Duncan to sleep in her room at night. She's willing to get up with him to take him potty - we'll see how this goes. DD's room is upstairs in our big house and that crate is too big to take up and down the stairs too often. So if we keep the crate upstairs, would it work to maybe have a little dog bed for him to nap in downstairs where I am. Then, when I leave the house I can take him up to his crate. I figure if he's asleep in his dog bed and I'm getting ready to leave, I'd wake him up to go potty before I leave anyway. So then he would just go into his crate afterwards.

I know I'll have a ton more questions, so thanks in advance for your patience and answers!

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:58 PM   #2
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i know you probably dont want to hear this but 6 weeks is too young for a pup to leave the mother, most states have laws requiring them to be at least 8 weeks of age, (i know mine does) but there are risks of bringing a pup home too early, it can cause mental/psychological problems, separation anxiety, and health problems as well as they are usually still taking the mothers milk at that age, make sure you follow up will all the vaccinations when they are due as well because most of the things they vacinate for are fatal if they catch them unvacinated (these vaccines should be at 6, 8 and 10 weeks of age).

potty stuff, they make these nifty little things now for dog waste so that you dont have to use baggies in your yard anymore... take a look....
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2001+113111

collars... most people do not keep collars on full time usually for walking and training (thats how i am) a good puppy collar is one that is a bit big so that it allows room to grow i preffer the quick clip kind opposed to the buckle kind as they are safer and in case of an emergency they are able to be removed unlike the buckle kind that needs to be tightened in order to release and for a lead i would recomment a thin 6ft long nylon lead with a swivel clasp so the leash does not get wound or twisted.
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Old 03-29-2007, 12:09 AM   #3
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Thanks, Sabledog.
I was a little surprised at the 6 weeks also, but around here I even had another friend mention something to me about 6 weeks like it's more of a norm.
He's already had two rounds of shots as well. At 4 weeks and 6 weeks.
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6 weeks is a bit early! Is there anyway you can leave the pup with the mother for a couple more weeks? They learn very valuable things like bite inhibition during the last couple weeks.
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Hi Duncan's Mom,
I'll chime in with 6 weeks being too early. I know some people do it, but it like Sabledog said usually causes headaches later on for the owner.

As far as the poop goes, if you have a large yard with woods I would train him to poo there from the very beginning, that way you don't have a lawn that turns into a minefield.

And good luck with the potty training. Is DD really willing to get up 2-3 times in the middle of the night? Because little puppies are like little babies (except they don't wear diapers , they can't hold it for very long. And DD looks young enough that she still sleeps the deep sleep of a child so a bomb wouldn't wake her, let alone a puppy whimpering. I hope it works out for you, but you may need to revise your plans a little.....

As far as treats go, take it easy, little puppies don't need that much food. And you want the treats to be something SPECIAL for when the dog does something to earn it. If puppy thinks he can get a treat just by looking cute you will have that much harder of a time teaching him to sit, stay, come etc.

Good luck!
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Actually, my 13 year old isn't shown in any pictures yet. Those are my 6 and 9 yo dds. Yes, I've told dd that she will have to get up numerous times during the night. She's actually a light sleeper. She really wants to try this and that's why I keep using the word try, lol. But her best friend got a puppy last year and was totally in charge of it all night long, which is what is giving dd the idea that she can handle it. I know this set up might only last 1/2 of the first night! The only thing she said was that she didn' t want to have to take him back to the edge of the woods in the middle of the night- which I never would've expected her to. I think we'll have to make his spot closer to the house in one of the other sets of trees.
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You've already received some good advice so I'll just give the thumbs up to all that has been said.

I hope all goes well with your new pup. Have you puppy proofed your home? I think it is great that your daughter is wanting to be so involved in puppy training. Good for her! Sounds like she's got plenty of support from you too & I'm sure that will come in handy if she starts to lose sight of the commitment of having a puppy. Looks like you'll be getting more sleep than I did when I first got my pup! I have no kids ... LOL

I used a flat nylon collar on Ozzy with tags on it the day we got him & moved to a leather buckle collar when he was about 6 months old. I know there is great debate about whether or not collars should be left on the dog at all times. I'm a big believer in tags & collars at all times for safety's sake ... and, yes, my pup was microchipped early too. You can't be too safe when you have a dog who might get lose. I remember one day bathing Ozzy & not putting his collar back on before letting him outside in my FENCED yard which he has never even attempted to escape. I was in a total panic to get him back inside to get that collar on ... I'll never do it again. I'm more paranoid than most, I admit. I think a collar that is properly fitted is perfectly safe ... I'm sure others will disagree.
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