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Date: 9/28/12 8:58 AM

It's been three years since Aggie passed and I'm finally decided to get another dog...this time a puppy. We're hoping we will have her by December, according to the breeder. She's a yellow lab. Aggie was about a year old when we got her so she was over the chewing stage. I've never had a puppy. I got a book the other day and looks like I won't be getting any sleep for awhile (not that I sleep well anyway). I told my husband we may have to take shifts! Aggie was an outdoor dog when we got her. She was not housebroken but was really easy to train. I'm hoping I'll have as good of luck with the puppy as I did with Aggie. Anyone out there have any advise?

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Date: 9/28/12 9:17 AM

Cut off food and water at eight PM. and keep a pee pad by the back door.. moving it outside during the day..
Get some chew toys.. but if she
/he exhibits any tendencies to chew.. keep your cushions put up when you are not at home with her. just toss them up on your kitchen counter or such.
But mostly. be sure and have her/him microchipped.. don't skip that.. as you have no idea what tendencies the puppy may have to dig under or jump any fencing.. You would want to be able for any one finding your dog to be able to return it to you..
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Date: 9/28/12 10:17 AM

We got our puppy almost one year ago as a rescue. He's a Pineranian. Mini Pin/Pom mix. We started off pretty well with him, but then things got a little out of control and he was having lots of accidents. A friend (professional trainer)suggested that we start to crate train him and it worked so well. It was a way to keep track of him and get him on a schedule. He had crate time, immediately followed by potty time, then play time. This cycle would repeat over and over with him being out of the crate longer and longer periods of time until he learned to go to the door when he wanted to go out. This happened pretty quickly too. Now at almost 1 year old, he only goes in his crate at night and if we're out of the house. We're working on leaving him out of the crate when we aren't home also. He still will find something to chew up when were not home if we leave him out, so we're still working on that.
I had never had a puppy before, so I wasn't sure how to train a puppy. My husband was much more familiar because he had a puppy. I always thought that putting them in a crate was cruel, but it worked for us. He has never been put there as a punishment so it's his little home and doesn't mind being there.

I love that Ming added pics of her beautiful doggie as a puppy and grown up. I thought I would share our sweet Simba.





People always say he looks like a fox. He sorta does, but that makes him special to us.
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Date: 9/28/12 10:52 AM

congrats!!!

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Date: 9/28/12 11:05 AM

Our puppy will be 6 months in October, we picked her up 8 weeks and a day from our breeder (Kali is a German Shepherd). She is our first real puppy, our other dog was not as young as her when he came into the home.

I am home for most of the day and she was out on a very regular basis, almost every hour on the hour. If you're not home usually, it's recommended for new puppy owners to take a couple of weeks off from work or at least have a long weekend free when the dog gets home. Water was cut by 7pm, dinner was eaten by 6 (she is still on 3 meals a day). She was let out within 15 minutes after meals, if she didn't do anything, it would be back in the kennel for 15 minutes before we tried again. Have lots of treats and praise the puppy during and after she does her thing (praise during the pee, treat immediately after). You want to play with her for awhile outside after she goes because you don't want her to associate going to the bathroom means immediately going inside. We fostered a dog that most likely grew up that way, she took FOREVER to go.. not fun when it's the middle of winter in S. Korea.

Your other big challenge will be crate training the puppy. The faster you get that done, the easier your life will be because you'll have some freedom from babysitting 24/7. The kennel should mimic a den, big enough for her to stand up and turn around. Dogs donít like to mess where they sleep so if a kennel is too big the dog will go in one corner and sleep in another. There are lots of plastic or wire crates that have adjustable walls. The crate is also his home. We feed her in the kennel downstairs and she goes there when itís quiet time. You want her to associate the crate as a positive place. Kali was a little stubborn with her crate training so I ended up tethering her directly to me or some heavy furniture in the room pretty often in the beginning until we successfully crate trained her. She was never more than 5 feet away when she was tethered. If she looked like she needed to go, we were outside within 10 seconds. In some ways it was easier for us to potty train her than training her to like being in the crate. Now she happily jumps in there. Our next phase is to train her with a new collapsible kennel for travel (she uses the XL clamshell one right now).

Accidents will happen and unless you're right there as it's happening, you cannot expect the puppy to understand why you're angry and trying to correct the behavior. If you catch her in the act, holler and immediately pick her up to go outside. Choose one spot where you'll take her every time. Praise her immensely if she continues to go. Clean up any mess with an enzymatic agent (Nature's Miracle works well).

We were very lucky with Kali in the evenings. After the second week she was able to get mostly through the night (about 6 hours). She was in a small kennel right by our bed, we never allowed her on the bed with us. We were up maybe every 3-4 hours to take her out during the first couple of weeks. She took to her bedroom kennel much faster than the larger one downstairs.

Even though Kali wasn't fully vaccinated until she was 3 months (I think?) we took her out on walks at all times of day in all sorts of environments. We made sure to stick to areas where there weren't a lot of other dog traffic (e.g. in the middle of the street in our neighborhood vs. sidewalks, playgrounds at night so she can climb on the equipment and adjust to different surfaces), and went out at night frequently along busy streets so she was accustom to loud noises. We socialized her with lots of humans (have plenty of treats for them to give to her upon meeting and have them stoop down to her level instead of bending over the dog). We had known disease free and friendly with puppy dogs socialize with her at about 11 weeks, and then after she had her puppy shots we took her to puppy socialization hour at a local dog training center.

Buy some chew toys for puppies, ours love Nylabones. Always supervise these chewing sessions and if she starts to chew something she isn't allowed to, take it away from her and give her a firm verbal "no" and exchange the forbidden object with her toy and praise her when she chews on that. We did use sour apple briefly on her tethering leash.

Puppies will get into trouble, pick everything off the floor or at head level. They donít know any better and many times when Kali got into something that she wasnít supposed to, it was our fault. We were very very lucky she didnít take to chewing furniture or shoes. She loves to chase our cat when he runs infront of her, she is definitely a herder. Otherwise our kitty has batted at her enough times when she was younger for her to know she really shouldnít mess with him.

Remember, a tired puppy/dog means a happy owner. Exercise and play with her as much as you can. Socialization and noise adjusting are also critical. Do as much as you can with your puppy when theyíre young and be very cautious introducing her to other dogs/people/animals unless you are certain they can be trusted. One traumatic experience when theyíre young can scar them for life. There are a couple of fear phase weeks your puppy will go through (I believe the first one is weeks 9-11?). Be extremely aware and in control of the environment your puppy will face at this time.

If youíre not comfortable taking your puppy to places where there are other dogs before she is vaccinated, there are still lots of other training things you can do- riding in the car, grooming (be sure to touch her paws, head, ears, tail, etc. constantly so she will be used to exams at the vet), simple commands like sit/come/name game.

Always keep training sessions short in the beginning, coupled with lots of treats and praise. You might want to have multiple types of treats available to try with her so you can identify the high value ones and use that to your advantage.

We bought a ton of puppy training and health books before we brought Kali home, as well as watching videos and reading online forums/websites. There clearly isnít one right way to raise a puppy so we took tidbits from here and there that fit our lifestyle with the kind of dog we wanted to raise. We still have a lot of work to do with her training but she was a fairly easy puppy to raise. She started barking at the door to go out about 3 weeks ago and 99% of the time itís because she really needed to go (some dogs learn to signal just to go outside).

I hope this info is helpful. Will you be choosing your puppy at the breeder?

Here are some pics of Kali, Day 1 with us and from about 3 weeks ago.



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Date: 9/28/12 11:16 AM

I forgot to mention we try to never use her name in a corrective manner. If she is doing something wrong we usually say "eh!" in a brisk and authoritative manner or a "no". Praising is always done in a happy and excited tone with lots of "good girl Kali" peppered in.

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Date: 9/28/12 11:18 AM

Congratulations! I agree with SewingSilly. Crate training is my preferred method of potty training. It also keeps your puppy safe when you can't watch him/her. Your sleep will be interrupted when your pup is very young, but it will be worth it when you have a dog that doesn't soil your house. It won't take long if you are consistent.

I don't use pee pads. I think it confuses them. I want my dog to consider the house his/her den.
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Date: 9/28/12 11:20 AM

And we also praise her for not doing bad things (e.g. if our cat walks in front of her and she doesn't chase him, she gets praised.)

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Date: 9/28/12 11:26 AM

Your doggie is so Beautiful!!! WOW
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Date: 9/28/12 11:49 AM

Your Simba is so adorable!!! He looks like a little teddy bear as a puppy, and that cute little tongue!! Yes, he sure does look like a fox.

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