Am I at the right stage to raise a puppy?

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Old 05-09-2012, 04:33 AM
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Am I at the right stage to raise a puppy?

I am 20 years old, and I like to go out lot and socialise, do lots of things with friends etc. I have a 9 week old staff pup, and I'm just looking for peoples opinions on whether the combination is fair on the little guy? It hasn't clicked yet, and I've had him 2 days. This is not because I don't love him, but because I don't want him to change my life by making me feel kind of tied down.

Any advice, help or opinions is very appreciated.~

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why did you get the dog?
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My question also. Getting a dog is big responsibility not to be taken lightly.
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Ummm, yeah. this. You'd probably have been better off with a fish since they take one to two hours maintenance a week (well assuming medium maintenance fish. Go with something high-maintenance like discus and it's up a bit)

That being said, it's only been 2 days - both you and the dog are in an adjustment period. Give it some time and your priorities may change. Having a dog isn't a complete lifestyle overhaul (well, unless the dog is a border collie) - you'll still get to do the things you love. Just not necessesarily as much and it will be replaced with doing other things that can be just as enjoyable.

So give it some more time. If you don't come to appreciate the time spent with the dog and resent putting it in, find the dog a home where they can get that. If you still want a pet consider fish - they are great animals and extremely relaxing to watch. That being said, they are still animals and deserve proper care and treatement which means work. If you decide to go this route, poke me and I can help walk you through setting up a proper aquarium.
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The puppy was an unexpected, early birthday present from my mum. Its not like I have to keep him, but I really want to keep him. I just thought I'd ask for opinions as im not an experienced dog owner, even though I've grown up a long side dogs all my life and I love them.

So far its going well, his toilet training has taken off by storm. He's using the paper I put down at least 75% of the time, only missing when it seems he's rushing to let it out. I'm still yet to calm his biting when he becomes playful, as he seems to get a bit too much excited he nips and can draw blood with his little sharp teeth. I know he doesn't mean to do it and he gets told he's doing wrong each time.

Soon to be getting his injections so he can have his first experience outside in the garden. That will be fun to watch!
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That is why dogs should never be given as gifts. It however sounds like you are working well with him. When he bites yelp like a puppy and walk away. He will learn he does not get the response he is hoping for. Also make sure he does have plenty of things he is allowed to chew on.
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Yeah it is working out pretty well, I mean it seems like a ballache sometimes but I expect the rough to go with the smooth as raising him is not just going to be a walk in the park. So its all good As you stated with the biting situation, I actually think thats a pretty good idea so im definitely going to trial it and see if it works well with him, I think it will, so thanks for that tip LynneMarie.
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Two books you'd probably find really helpful (usually cheap on Amazon): Before & After Getting Your Puppy by Ian Dunbar and The Puppy Primer by Patricia McConnell.

Sirius Dog Training For the puppy biting, read this good intro article.

More from him here: Sirius Dog Training#

Your questions make sense now that you've explained he was a gift. Ditto Lynne's sentiments, but it sounds like you're trying to make the best of it. Good luck! Puppies take a lot of time/work, patience, and consistency, but they sure are fun.... Maybe you weren't at the best stage--it does take a degree of lifestyle change, responsibility, and a reordering of priorities (not something the guys I know around your age are ready to jump to)--but if you want to keep him, there's no reason you can't find and use the tools/knowledge to do so....
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Those two Sirius links are so helpful, so thanks for them crock!

I asked the question because I have never really been tied down with a responsibility as serious as this before, and I thought it might change my lifestyle. Obvious I was over thinking it! Because Kye has added an exciting and positive aspect into my life, yes its very stressful at times training him and his constant whining when he won't sleep...but taking the bad with the good it has already been a little over whelming journey. Spending more and more time with him is quickly bringing us close together, were doing everything in each others company!

I'm just glad I found this forum because I do wish to bring up Kye to be a happy and mannered dog.

Just one more general question about Kye, he was the runt of the litter and seems to be slightly smaller than the rest in terms of head size and body. Will this always be the case or will it be something only time can tell?

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Runts do not always stay the smallest. Most runts are just the last puppies to be fertilized in the womb so they are actually days younger then their mates. I am sure he will be fine when he is older. A dog is full grown in height at 7-8 months. A lot of dogs go through the uglies around this time also...ganglie looking. They are totally full grown, bodied out by 18 months.
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