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Old 08-31-2013, 02:17 PM
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Buying a puppy and seeking advice.

Hello,

I'd like to buy a Norfolk terrier puppy for myself and my family, however i have never owned a dog before and i have a few questions i was hoping i could ask, the more i think about owning a dog the more things suddenly pop up, but these are my main concerns:

1. When i bring a terrier puppy home, what should i feed it? the same dog food as an adult dog or do i need to mash whatever food i give him into a pulp? if so for how long? Does he need extra vitamins in his water?

2. I was thinking of putting his sleeping basket on the floor of my bedroom as i don't want him to feel alone downstairs, is that an ok thing to do or would it be bad for his behaviour?

3. What injections must i get for him?

4. I've heard puppies poop a lot and often wherever they feel like it, what toilet arrangements should i make for my puppy and should i tell him off for pooping in the wrong place or should i wait till he is older before i do any telling off?

5. Do i take him for walks straight away or do i wait till he is older?

6. Are chewable toys ok for puppies? What other toys should i buy?

7. My area has a lot of large dogs and i worry about how they might react when they see my little dog, how can i best ensure my pet's safety when taking him for walks? Should i pick him up and cross the road if i see a larger dog coming just as a precaution?

I'm sorry if my questions seem silly, i'm just worried i'l get something wrong, thank you for any answers received.

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Hi there!

1. Food: Feeding a high quality, grain free food would be just fine. Most grain free foods are All Life Stages anyways. I would suggest Acana, Orijen, Blue Buffalo, Fromm, Taste of the Wild, or Now by Petcurean. A lot of these companies have specific puppy foods as well.

2. Sleeping: That would be fine, my dog sleeps in my bed and her behaviour is fine. That being said, I would also consider crate training him. It will help with potty training. Honestly if he is just on the floor in your bedroom, he will likely walk around and pee and poop at night. If he is confined to a crate, he will be less likely to pee or poop at night (just make sure he goes outside right as soon as you wake up!!!)

3. Vaccinations: Depends on where you live. Take him to the vet and they will tell you.

4. Potty training: Do not, under any circumstances tell him off for peeing and pooping inside. It makes for a scared puppy. Remember, they don't know they are doing anything wrong! A puppy has a very small bladder, so let him out every 30 minutes and he will catch on that is where he is supposed to go. When he goes outside, give him lots of praise and treats. When he goes inside, don't yell, just take him straight outside and praise like a maniac if he goes. Crate training is also incredibly beneficial for potty training.

5. Walks: You should wait until he is vaccinated to take him for real walks. That being said, it is very important for him to socialize at this age, so you should carry him around on walks to get used to being outside and also let him socialize with well behaved, VACCINATED dogs in areas where there have been no other dogs. Parvo (a deadly dog disease) can live on the ground for a very long time.

6. Toys: Kongs are a life saver! Always supervise them with toys.

7. I personally wouldn't be that extreme. If the dog is not on a leash and is coming towards you, I would personally pick him up, just in case. It is a good thing for your puppy (when vaccinated) to be meeting friendly dogs. If you are worried, or the dog does not look calm, I would cross the street.

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We had a Norfolk Terrier about 12 years ago. He was a young rescue that had been physically abused, most likely over potty issues, by the original owner. Poor little guy had all sorts of problems, behavioral and physical.

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1. When i bring a terrier puppy home, what should i feed it? the same dog food as an adult dog or do i need to mash whatever food i give him into a pulp? if so for how long? Does he need extra vitamins in his water?
Provided the dog is at least 12 weeks old he should be able to eat most foods OK. Some dogs have allergies to various types of food so it's best to start out with a high quality food with few additives. You can feed your pup puppy food but this usually isn't needed as long as you're using a high quality food. You probably won't need extra vitamins either as long as the food is high quality.

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2. I was thinking of putting his sleeping basket on the floor of my bedroom as i don't want him to feel alone downstairs, is that an ok thing to do or would it be bad for his behaviour?
This depends on the dog. Some dogs will want to get on the bed with you and ignore the basket/bed you get for them. You may find it better to crate the dog a night to encourage better potty habits.

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3. What injections must i get for him?
I'd recommend consulting with a vet in your area on this. In the US, rabies shots will be required in most cases. Vaccinations against parvo and distemper are also usually recommended.

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4. I've heard puppies poop a lot and often wherever they feel like it, what toilet arrangements should i make for my puppy and should i tell him off for pooping in the wrong place or should i wait till he is older before i do any telling off?
Crate training is the direction you want to go in. I think there are several posts here about how to do that.

As I noted above, our Norfolk ended up in a rescue because the previous owner scolded then beat him for going in the wrong place. Don't be like them! Use positive reinforcement training to encourage the behaviors you want.

Another option with a small dog is to use pads rather than walks outside to potty. We use this with our Chihuahua since we already have a litterbox area set aside for our cats. This isn't ideal for every small dog but it works well for us. We originally trained her with the crate and going outside but switched to the pad since it was easier on us (no walking up and down stairs on a bad knee/hip etc.).

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5. Do i take him for walks straight away or do i wait till he is older?
In general, you'll want to avoid contact with other dogs and their wastes until you've finished all rounds of vaccinations. This does preclude short walks but you'll want to keep these short for a young pup anyway.

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6. Are chewable toys ok for puppies? What other toys should i buy?
I'd avoid buying toys with stuffing unless you like cleaning up stuffing off your floors on a regular basis. Kong makes some nice toys. Our dog loves their bear squeaker toy. Skinneeez type toys are pretty good also but they won't last as long as you might think if your dog is a big chewer.

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7. My area has a lot of large dogs and i worry about how they might react when they see my little dog, how can i best ensure my pet's safety when taking him for walks? Should i pick him up and cross the road if i see a larger dog coming just as a precaution?
If the bigger dogs seem laid back and non-aggressive you shouldn't need to have any reaction. You reacting to them might cause your dog to become reactive toward them. If the bigger dogs are aggressive acting, then avoid them but don't make a big deal about it.
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1. When i bring a terrier puppy home, what should i feed it? the same dog food as an adult dog or do i need to mash whatever food i give him into a pulp? if so for how long? Does he need extra vitamins in his water?

Ideally feed it whatever the breeder had it one for atleast a few weeks, if not till around 6 months. If you can't find the food or don't agree with it (for whatever reason) then slowly (over the course of a few weeks) switch over to a new food of your choosing (puppy food or ALS). I prefer Orijen and Acana because they're local, but I have no problems with Blue Buffalo, Go! and Now! foods. I also will admit Taste of the Wild too, Tessa loves their pacific stream salmon puppy recipe.

2. I was thinking of putting his sleeping basket on the floor of my bedroom as i don't want him to feel alone downstairs, is that an ok thing to do or would it be bad for his behaviour?
If that's where you want him to sleep when he's older, then yes it's fine. Not saying you couldn't train him to sleep away from you later on, but usually dogs prefer a routine on where they sleep. My pup started out in a crate beside me bed while working on potty training, when she became reliable at night, she got to come up and sleep with me; and that's where she sleeps, right beside me and I love every minute of it

3. What injections must i get for him?
First find a good vet before you bring him home (ideally a few weeks before) they can tell you exactly the shots you'll need. Where I live, pups come with their first round of DHLP and a dewormer; once they get to you you need to get 2 more rounds of DHLP and rabies.

4. I've heard puppies poop a lot and often wherever they feel like it, what toilet arrangements should i make for my puppy and should i tell him off for pooping in the wrong place or should i wait till he is older before i do any telling off?
No telling off ever! Think of it this way, it's not the dogs fault they pooped or peed in the house, it's yours. Eventually your dog will feel (well look) guilty about doing it, but may only do it if in emergency. Don't get mad, just calmly guide the pup outside and clean up the mess wordlessly.
For times you can't watch a pup put them in a crate or penned off area, preferably tile, that you don't mind if an accident happens.


5. Do i take him for walks straight away or do i wait till he is older?
You need to balance the risk of lack of socialization with the risk of disease. You can take him for walks, though if at a young age they won't need a lot (maybe 5-10 minutes); try walking him in the yard or out in the front. For socialization, take him to places dogs don't go; and if you go to a pet store carry him.

6. Are chewable toys ok for puppies? What other toys should i buy?
I'm not sure what you mean by chewable toys. Are you talking the ones the dogs eat, like greenies? Or things like squeaky toys? Squaky toys are great, so are nyla bones, and stuffless stuffed animals. Greenies aren't meant for dogs younger than 6 months, instead try bully sticks (they'll save your sanity come teething) or raw bison rib bones when your pup reaches teething time.

7. My area has a lot of large dogs and i worry about how they might react when they see my little dog, how can i best ensure my pet's safety when taking him for walks? Should i pick him up and cross the road if i see a larger dog coming just as a precaution?
Ask the owners if their dog is safe before the dogs meet. Really it's as simple as that. If the big dog comes charging, then a) the dog itself is friendly but is in training and is learning to sit politely and not pull (For example my Tessa), or b) that dog shouldn't be out and about. Don't take your pup to off leash areas.

Also it's a HUGE pet peeve of mine for people to pick up a smaller dog when they see a big dog coming. My neighbour does this all the time with her yorkie, whenever my Tessa (lab/bc/aussie 7 month old pup) is on her walk. Tessa is extremely friendly with all sized dogs, but this woman thinks all big dogs are determined to hurt hers. What this has created is a little bratty yorkie that barks and tries to nip at any dog that passes (you see, your anxiety has just been fed to the dog, causing it anxiety); It sets back socialization and, if a big dog should attack, you're setting yourself for injury because just because your pup is up doesn't stop a mean dog from being mean.

So keep your pup on the ground, prevent 'little dog' syndrome. Try socializing with big dogs you know, so your pup has no issues around big dogs and you know they're safe. If a larger dog comes down the street, and you don't like the feeling you get from it, the by all means cross the street; but don't pick the dog up. Pretend your pup is a 40 lb lab puppy that you can't carry, and say 'let's go' and cross the street or turn a corner (or my fave is to walk off to the side of the sidewalk, have Tessa sit/stay, and let the dog pass.)

If ever there is a time you don't want your dog to meet another than tell a person the pup is in training for has kennel cough. It may be a white lie, but people will give you a wide berth .


I'm sorry if my questions seem silly, i'm just worried i'l get something wrong, thank you for any answers received.[/QUOTE][/SIZE][/SIZE]

No question is silly, we've all been there once before . This place is a haven for all of us with silly questions, you should see some of my threads
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Thank you all very much, i really appreciate the help because frankly i'm a little anxious, having never owned a dog before i want to make sure i don't fail my new family member in any way, i've decided to hold off buying for a little whilst i do more research, as i find i am still learning things that i should really know before i take the puppy home, i think i rushed a bit with the excitement of having decided i wanted a dog, once i am sure i have the fundamentals i'l go ahead, i still have some weeks in which to learn more tips as the breeder who i plan to buy from told me they'd only sell once the puppy is eight weeks old, thank you all once again.
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No problem, it's nice to see someone taking the time to research first before they get a dog and realize they aren't dog people.

Some extra advice for whenever you do get your little buddy:
1. Research, research, research; and when you feel comfortable, read the puppy help forum and go off to cry, then research again!
2. When you do bring your pup home, don't be surprised if you get the puppy blues. We all instinctually believe that our dog is going to come out of the box as lassie (even if you think you don't think that, you do in someway). We tend to forget it takes a lot of work, long nights, worry, guilt, love, happiness, energy, and money to raise a happy, balanced dog. Believe me you'll be drained and it will be worth it!
3. No matter how much you researched, your wrong, your method isn't complete, or your theory on raising a dog is off (or in my case, you get a dog that is doing her best to out smart you!) lol. That's why we have DogForum for! No question is too silly, no rant goes without audience, and no adorable picture goes without an awe. It's like living in the best, most supportive neighbourhood filled with knowledgeable, expert people, only on the internet!
4. When you get your pup, you must post pics on the forum. If you don't we will find you! lol jks. But seriously we love seeing new members dogs/puppies.

Hope I didn't just scare you

Good luck with the research and eventual adventure. It's one that takes a lot out of you, but the return is ten fold!
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try buy some books before you get the little guy it might make you feel a bit more confident.

there is a lot of information here and a free book that you can download

Dog Star Daily

also if you stick around the forum you can find more advice and book suggestions.
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If you haven't already, One thing no one has mentioned yet is to talk and ask tons of questions to your breeder. (This way you will be sure to weed out who is a byber/puppymill in hiding.) A true breeder would answer all your questions even if they are silly or dumb to you. They would be very helpful.

The breeder I am getting my Papillon from was very insightful and we had a wonderful conversation talking about papillons in general. I emailed her like 25 different questions and since she was doing shows, I told her she could call me when it was convient for her if she didn't want to email me the answers and she called. We talked for 2 hours I think her answering all my questions and even had stories to tell with each question. She was very helpful.

If you ask questions and the breeder says I don't have time that is a flag. If you make an appointment to visit them and they call to reschedule more then two times that is another flag. The breeder told me that I can come visit any time, but call first to make sure she didn't have young pups and to make sure she was home and not on the road doing shows. (The young pups are not immune to most things yet and it makes sense because you don't know where a person has been or stepped in.) She also told me for my breed that when I visit, I would be greeted happily by her dogs not shy away under the table barking/growling.

Oh she had questions for me too and I answered them as honestly as I can and she felt I am a good person for one of her pups to be placed. I asked to be put on her waiting list as I wasn't going to get on right now, but within 1 to 2 years and she was happy with that.

Oh another thing, get the name of the vet clinic and her vet's name. Go and see if the clinic is real and call to talk to the vet or go in person on the vet's convience to talk about the problems if any the breed has. She also stated that if a breeder tells you and I quote, "all my dogs are perfect and healthy and never had any problems." another flag.

Hope that helps. Oh, good job for you doing your homework too. ^_^
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Another thing to consider is the Puppy Blues. I saw this link posted recently and am passing it along because I found that I identified so much with everything written on this website: Puppy Depression | Combatting the Puppy Blues | Puppy Depression

I had puppy blues big time with this latest dog I have (Cobber), and I didn't think I would since I'd owned/raised a couple puppies in the past, but with my ex, not on my own. Even with how prepared I thought I was before I picked Cobber up, I was here in the puppy forum within days begging for help, feeling totally overwhelmed, and wailing about "what the *(%^@ was I thinking!?!?" etc. So I'm not trying to scare you off getting a puppy, just pointing out that it is a major life change, and feeling regret once you have it home isn't uncommon.

Good luck - post lots here!
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Some really good advice here :-)
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