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Old 07-14-2014, 08:40 PM
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So I'm new around here, and sorta-kinda new to the dog thing. I inhale dog-related material like it's oxygen, but they always say that you never really know what it's like until you experience it, and suffice to say I'll be experiencing it hopefully come October!

I've been in touch with a few breeders and still waiting to hear on successful pregnancies and such which is always exciting, but the shorter the time gets to puppy, the more anxious I'm becoming! I feel like even though I've read a tonne of information from recommended trainers, I don't feel confident. I figure everyone gets this sort of first-time nerves type of deal with their first dog, so I'm trying not to let it get me down! I'm instead compensating by rereading all the material I have to make sure I'm as prepped as can be.

So for the most part I'll be lurking for the next few months and gleaning as much as I can before pup's arrival to soothe my nerves! Did anyone else ever get any kind of jitters? Nights spent worrying over whether you'll do okay? Ever feel like you're going to botch the poor puppy up no matter how hard you try and it'll all be a failure? (Kidding on the last one... sorta.)

Oh, and of course, hello! I'm Wisher and it's nice to meet you!
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Old 07-15-2014, 03:53 AM
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Welcome , congrats on your soon to be new addition .
What breed of pup are you getting ?
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Old 07-15-2014, 05:15 AM
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Welcome!

It's totally normal. I've owned lots of dogs, and I've just started seriously thinking about adding another to my house and MAN am I already anxious! In a good way, though.

I am glad to hear that you're so interested in learning. I wish more prospective owners were like that.
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Welcome! My mum was a nervous wreck before we got our puppy. She would have sleepless nights etc just worrying about doing something wrong. But now she wouldn't be without her little ball of fluff. So don't worry about feeling like this, you've done your research and you'll be fine
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Thanks everyone! It's been a very exciting but nerve-wracking process!

I've been in contact with Bichon Frisť and Toy Poodle breeders. Both breeds seemed to fit very well and after meeting each breeders' dogs in person I couldn't quite decide fully between the two so I put myself on each wait list for upcoming litters. I don't intend to get two puppies but I'm going to wait until each litter is on the ground and the breeders will let me know if there's a pup for me and I'll go from there! I made sure both breeders knew I was on the other's wait list so there was no confusion and they've both been so super helpful throughout the process so I consider myself very lucky to be working with each!

I really want to get things right the first time! I know I'm going to make mistakes but I'm really trying to avoid making the key ones and I'm doing my best to read as much as I can. So far I've read a lot of Patricia McConnell's books, a few of Jean Donaldson's, Sophia Yin's book and a Karen Pryor book on clicker training. I supplemented by watching videos from Emily Lardham but I keep feeling like there's more I can do somehow even though I like to think I've covered it all. Nerves can be silly!
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Make a plan for training and socialisation! Figure out where you can take the dog while you are waiting for all her vaccs to be completed. Do your research on training clubs in your area, puppy classes, any other classes you might want to take as the pup grows. It will make your life SO MUCH easier to have all this sussed in advance, I promise you!

Try to visit common dog walking/play areas at the time you would be taking the pup so that you get a good idea if it's actually a good place or not. A lot of times you don't know unless you go. There's a fenced dog park here that a lot of people stay away from because it can get crowded, but I go at such unusual times that I've had exactly zero problems with it being too crowded, and problem dogs are easy to spot early, and there are exits at both ends, so you can easily leave without passing a dog that you don't feel comfortable with. By the same token, there's a highly rated forest walk that's dog friendly, but I don't like it at all because the underbrush is too thick and dogs suddenly come upon one another around bends in the trail, which is too narrow for them to really keep their distance. It would work for some dogs, but not for my current puppy.
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I have my puppy classes already figured out, though that took a long time to find a class that was positive reinforcement only... most trainers in my city seem to think alpha rolling a puppy is the only way to go. They have their "puppy kindergarten" class starting at the end of October, and I should (if all goes well!) have the puppy by the beginning or middle of the month, so I'll be right on course to start!

We don't have any training "clubs" really, but I may just have been unable to find it/find anyone who knows about it. I'm hoping I can ask the instructor for assistance, assuming there is a club in the city. I'm a bit shy though, so I'm not sure if I'll want to jump into that right away. I have no interest in agility or any dog sports so I guess I still have to figure out what premise I'd be asking about the club for... I know the trainer running the puppy kindergarten class has different classes, but they're mostly for sports, aside from the puppy class and basic obedience classes.

I do know I won't be using the dog parks in the area, though. There's one down my street they closed down because too many dog fights were occurring between owners, and the other one is too far from where I live. I was thinking about maybe trying to set up puppy playdates, though, with people from the class. Is that a good idea? Maybe do like group walks together or something?

I'm still a bit fuzzy on one bit of training, though. Most of the books I've read - unless I missed something - focus on the treatment of separation anxiety, but not the prevention. How exactly do you set a puppy up for success there? Do you practice leaving them in their crate for blocks of time and just give lots of praise/rewards? I have university classes and I'm really nervous the puppy will develop anxiety or something. The breeders both assured me that my schedule will be fine for raising a puppy (the longest I'm away from home is two hours each week, so in between classes I can do potty breaks/playtime) but I'm still really nervous about it and not sure how to go about "proofing".
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Teach your pup that it's ok to be alone. Lots of ways to do this - we will help you, no worries !!
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