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Old 01-31-2014, 10:30 PM
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I'm Matthew and this here is Toto

Hi all,

My name is Matthew and I just joined. You will see in my avatar a new addition to my family called 'Toto'. He is a Christmas Present given to my son, which came more as a surprise to me!
I was told he is a 'french poodle', but it would be nice if someone could confirm that here. I will add two photos of Toto as attachments to make it easier.
He is three months old. I love him already despite his unexpected arrival. He had his first bath two weeks ago. Should I bathe him fortnightly or monthly? I'm not sure on that.
Toto likes to play a lot, unfortunately he also bites me LOTS. I have been researching how to change his behaviour in that regards, by offering him toys and yelling a kinda high pitch 'Yeoooww' if he bites me, my partner or my son. May be someone has additional tips. He likes chewing the corner areas of the carpet as well and this is a rental property arghhh!

What else? I suppose that is enough from us. I will no doubt have more questions as I get to know 'Toto'.

Thank you for reading my introduction. I look forward to getting to know you and your pets over the coming months, years etc.

Cheers,

Matt and Toto
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Old 01-31-2014, 11:52 PM
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Oh my lordy what a little personality he is! Give lots of chew toys, sounds like you are doing right with the bite training. Puppy teeth are like razors! Love your pup!
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OMG what a georgeous puppy!!! So want to huganf kiss him!
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Welcome and he is a cutie.
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Adorable!

If he gets too nippy you can also just stop playing with him - they quickly learn that nipping means the fun stops. Your approach sounds very good.

There's no such thing as a "French poodle". Poodles are a German breed. He looks like he's a mutt with some poodle in there. Incredibly cute little man.

Enjoy him!
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Adorable!

If he gets too nippy you can also just stop playing with him - they quickly learn that nipping means the fun stops. Your approach sounds very good.

There's no such thing as a "French poodle". Poodles are a German breed. He looks like he's a mutt with some poodle in there. Incredibly cute little man.

Enjoy him!
That is great advice to 'just stop playing with him'.

Ok so he is a mut and some poddle. Thanks for the clarification.

And thanks to all for their kind words about Toto.
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He's adorable I'm glad you decided to keep him even though he came in a somewhat rude manner. Training a puppy is a lot of work some days!

Layla's advice is good on stopping the play when he's nipping. It may take a bit for him to figure out what you want (and sometimes he could just be TOO excited) so leaving the room on those occasions where it doesn't stop would be good, too.

What I did for the carpet of my place (although it's bad carpet to start with) is put planks of plywood under the crate, and extra carpet on top of the areas that chewing were likely. Better he destroys a blanket or cheap mat from a thrift store than you having to replace everything.

As for bathing and grooming, I would take him to a professional and ask them what's best for him. Most dogs that have fur and not hair tend to not require baths as often, so I wouldn't know what to recommend (though there are others who would). But a groomer will tailor his experience and give him experience being away from you and having all the grooming done, not just a bath, so I think it would be worth going to learn and for the experience alone.
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He's adorable I'm glad you decided to keep him even though he came in a somewhat rude manner. Training a puppy is a lot of work some days!

Layla's advice is good on stopping the play when he's nipping. It may take a bit for him to figure out what you want (and sometimes he could just be TOO excited) so leaving the room on those occasions where it doesn't stop would be good, too.

What I did for the carpet of my place (although it's bad carpet to start with) is put planks of plywood under the crate, and extra carpet on top of the areas that chewing were likely. Better he destroys a blanket or cheap mat from a thrift store than you having to replace everything.

As for bathing and grooming, I would take him to a professional and ask them what's best for him. Most dogs that have fur and not hair tend to not require baths as often, so I wouldn't know what to recommend (though there are others who would). But a groomer will tailor his experience and give him experience being away from you and having all the grooming done, not just a bath, so I think it would be worth going to learn and for the experience alone.
Thank you for your great advice regarding the carpet and seeking the advice of a professional. Very kind of you.
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awwww. What a cutie. Welcome to DF.
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What a beautifully sweet face!


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