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Old 08-25-2014, 12:54 PM
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Talking First time dogowner :-)

Hi, my name is Josh and yesterday I just official became a dog-owner for the first time
Adopted him from a shelter and he is a 1 year old mid-sized lab-mix (probably with pit) and looks just like a puppy. It took some time for him to show a bit more affection, but I'm sure he'll end up great and I got me signed up for some private lessons with a dog-trainer, which made me a lot less anxious.
He also gets neutered today and I'll pick him up right after that so that'll be an interesting start for everything. My trainer told me not to close the crate for the first week which isn't a problem since I have him in my bedroom for now with limited amount of space to walk around.
I'm guess I'm gonna walk him outside for a short time today and try avoiding interactions with other dogs. Do you think I should carry him down the stars (he weights like 40lbs)?
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What dog trainer are you using? This forum supports on positive/force free methods, and finding a good trainer can be HARD.

He should be okay to go down a flight of stairs on his own. I wouldn't do it too repetitively since his joints are still growing for a bit but he should be able to do some without problems. How many flights is it? Back up might be trickier, since you don't want to hurt his stitching but he'll be groggy and in pain so stairs won't be a great idea then.

As a side note, the 'stickies' in are really helpful. Here's a link to all of them:

Training and Behavior Stickies

And here are a few you might find helpful right away:
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Hi Josh & welcome . Congratulations on your adoption, what a great thing to do! When my dog was neutered the worst thing was the anaesthetic, it kind of stays in their system for a while & mine got a bit disorientated, made her very weepy, but it soon goes and they are back to normal in no time. Definitely agree with positive training
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Hi, and welcome to the club!

I highly recommend you take the time to watch kikopup on youtube and check out zak george on youtube/facebook. (Some people find him annoying, I think he's really enthusiastic.) I'd also recommend getting the free downloads from Loads of good information in those.

If you like to read, Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson and Don't Shoot the Dog are fantastic looks at the canine mind.

When picking a trainer, ask one question: Do you need anything to train other than treats and a way to make a simple noise? If they need a collar, prong collar, choke collar, shock collar, can of pennies, noisemaker, etc. RUN AWAY. (Obvs, you need a leash and harness to keep your dog safe outside, but that's not training.)

All that extra stuff is for punishing your dog, scaring or hurting (or both).
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Welcome! It's a heady ride, getting your first dog. We'll be here to answer any questions you may have.
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