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Old 03-16-2014, 12:12 AM
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Can be tough dealing with old hats. They are sort of like spitz breeds… you just have to make them think it's their idea

Talk to him seriously and tell him that you don't think you can handle two pups. Use the college threat 'I'm seriously worried that I'll jeopardize my marks if I'm doing potty-schedules for 2 pups every night'.

And another major string to pull with him is 'Dad, if you are truly trying to teach me about responsibility could I please ask you to reconsider the # of pups, based on the research that I have made (being, you know, responsible)?" You can even paraphrase it like this: "Dad, if I knew ahead of time that something (like having a baby wink wink) would be unrealistic for me to manage, responsibility would dictate that I simply didn't take it on in the first place." I mean really, sometimes the most responsible thing is not biting off more than you can chew. If you were a struggling single parent with one kid that you could barely feed, I think your dad would like to think that you wouldn't have another kid til things are stable. Try working that angle with him.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:31 AM
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My brother has pit mixes and pure breds.He also has a min pin.They get along great but the min pin thinks she's a pit.They won't mess around with her.Your gonna need some kong toys because they will eat anything and it won't take long to do it.I have 2 rotts and those are the only toys I will buy because they will last more than 5 minutes.As far as uncrate training goes,maybe gate them off into a room that is safe.I would say use puppy pads but my dogs would shred them.Maybe put a rug with a rubber backing in there for them in case there's an accident.But they may eat that too.Good luck.Maybe you'll be amazed and they'll be really good.They are smart dogs.
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Old 03-16-2014, 07:37 AM
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@Redwood Thank you for explaining your dad a bit more. I completely understand what you're talking about, and I really hope everything turns out ok! You've done this before with one puppy, so at least you have a little bit of experience. Two puppies will be very difficult, but it's been done before. I hate that you don't really have a choice, though. =/
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Old 03-16-2014, 11:01 AM
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Redman,

How about enlisting the help of your vet to convince your dad that littermates is a bad idea? Surely, you'll be bringing these puppies to the vet for vaccinations. Maybe the vet's conversation with your dad won't happen until you've actually got the puppies, but maybe then you can find a new home for one of them.

In the meantime, do as much research as you can about raising siblings and figure out how you can keep them separate. Clearly you need to keep them apart during the daytime when you're at school. If they are together for so many hours each day, they will become hyper-bonded.

Also, can you enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to help you with the dogs? According to the articles I've sent you, the dogs need to have separate human interactions as well. Socialization with people, and later with other dogs when they've been vaccinated, is going to be very important.
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Redwood,

You seem like a wonderful, responsible young person. I don't know how else to encourage you about your dad's plan to bring home these dogs, but I want to say something to you as a teacher and as the mother of a high school student. It seems to me that you'll want to become more independent when you graduate from high school. It won't be too many years until you can go to college or get your own apartment. Start planning for your future now. Work with your school's guidance counselor and with your teachers on getting ready for college or for a career. Make these years of preparation count.
Totally agree! I just feel bad that you have all this worry on you at such a young age. You have obviously learnt to live your life completely opposite to that of your Father. Any animals you have in the future will be lucky to have you as their owner. Good luck
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There's an article in a sticky regarding this. It's very eye opening. I would print it and magically leave it on your dad's desk (or in his car, etc). Somewhere he will find it.
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Good news .. ish! I was able to find out who the person is that Dad was going to get the puppies from, and talked to them about it. They only live a halfmile away! I told them about littermate syndrome since they didn't know, theirs was mistake litter. After showing them links online from vets and such about it they decided it would be irresponsible for them to sell more than one. It looks like I'll still be raising a puppy, but just one. Dad was angry that I went behind his back, but determined to still get at least one.

So now I guess I'll be spending the summer raising a pitmix puppy. Am I going to have to 'trick' people into helping me socialize him? A lot of people are scared of pits and will back up right away if they see one. Or will the spaniel part make him look not pit enough that people will want to say hi and help?
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I'm so glad the person yall are buying from isn't going to sell both, but I hope you aren't in too much trouble with your dad!
As for how your dog will look, it really depends. You won't really know until he gets older. Was one of the parents full pit or was it also a mix?
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Old 03-17-2014, 04:37 PM
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He's angry but there's not much he can do about it, and he isn't the sort to beat me over it. The mother looks like a pure pit, maybe 40 pounds. She seems small and friendly, more an american pit terrier than a staffordshire, but is I guess dog aggressive. I got to visit the father who I found out is an excited-pee'r, and got soaked in the visit, but he was definitely a normal purebred spaniel. He even has papers! His owner said he washed out of showing because as he grew he didn't match the standard for something.

Right now the puppy dad's decided to keep looks like he'll have the short fur of a pit, but he's also only 4 weeks old, maybe 5, and googling tells me all pups look more or less alike at 4 weeks!
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Hey Redwood,

That is awesome news. Yeah, your dad might be a little put-out, but really this is so much better than you being stuck with both dogs.

I've never raised a puppy before, and I know that you have, but there are a lot of great resources here. Make sure that you are not pushed into taking the puppy too early. From what I understand, eight weeks is the norm.

I think you don't need to worry so much about the pup's breed, especially when he's so young. A puppy is a puppy is a puppy. Just tell folks that he's a mutt. LOL.
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