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Old 03-24-2011, 11:15 AM
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New puppy arrives tomorrow!

Hello all at DogForum!

I am new here & this happens to be my first post, so please be gentle

Around four weeks ago I drove to a farm near me and visited a couple whose springer spaniel had been caught by their working border collie to give her her second litter of 7 'sprollies'! I decided to home one of them, and over the past four weeks have been emailing the couple, asking about how the puppies have been doing, they have been great & sending emails back with pictures on, showing me how she is doing & what she has been up to, which I thought was great of them.

The last dog we had (cocker spaniel) was already fully trained when we got him from the shelter, and I know this is not going to be the case with our new addition to the family with Mollie - but I have never trained a puppy - so for the past four weeks I have sat behind the scenes reading hundreds upon hundreds of posts on forums like this, specialised websites, watching YouTube videos, reading books - I don't think anything mentioning the word 'puppy' has been upturned!

We pick her up tomorrow evening, and really I think I'm looking for reassurance I'm doing this right! As crazy as it sounds I love Mollie to bits already and I've only seen her a couple of times! I'm pretty sure I've got everything, and want to make sure that the transition from her farm to my house will go as smooth as possible.

She's got the obvious things - a new bed, brush, bowls & quite possibly hundreds of new toys (I'm a stickler for spoiling! and I also quite like things not too chewed ) and lots of healthy treats for positive reenforcement with training. I've got a couple of rubber bones that I was told can be frozen for when she is teething to help her not be too inclined to chew up my nice sofa, and also an 'interactive' ball that she has to work to dispense treats from to keep her occupied if we can't keep our eyes on her all the time. We've got samples of the food she's been given at the farm, along with a new puppy food that we will gradually mix over the next couple of weeks to avoid poorly tummies. I've bought her a smaller, softer collar and lead for training in the back garden before she has had her 12 week vaccinations & goes out (her first ones are booked in for 1 week today), and I have also ordered a puppy harness, just to be on the safe side if she doesn't take very well to the leads at first. Oh, and the house has very much so been puppy-proofed - all valuables out of the way, shoes upstairs, grass mowed & garden swept of stones & bits and bobs, that kind of thing.

The only things I haven't got are puppy pads for housebreaking & a crate - I was hoping I could train her without these things - the farm I got her from has been trying to train the litter to pee on newspaper already so I'm hoping that has had some degree of success. I know for a while she might be whiny at night, so I've got the hot water bottle & ticking clock on standby for some reassurance for her, whether it helps at all we shall see, and also brought my duvet downstairs for midnight toilet breaks. I'm also a little concerned about her being travel sick on the way back from the farm; I haven't got a crate, and so she will be on my knee (or in her basket?) whilst my parents drive.

Anything else you could tell me about your own experiences would be appreciated so much - I apologise for the long post, but like I say, I'm just trying to make sure I do this right & give pooch everything she needs to have a happy & successful time at her new home
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:20 AM
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Welcome and congratulations!
I, personally, would not worry about not having the puppy pads as I am not a fan of using them. IMO, they are actually rather counter-productive to housetraining. Properly done crate training (can be done w/out a crate if you just use what you have to create a similarly confining space) is much preferable.
Good luck and know you must share pictures!
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Old 03-24-2011, 11:53 AM
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Thank you, I will keep you updated; hopefully the housebreaking goes well as you suggested.
Ooh I knew I had forgotten something!
The one of her in my hands is on the first visit to see her & her mum & littermates, and the second was the most recent picture of her being mischevious in their garden sent by her breeders at the beginning of this week
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Awww... Cute!
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It sounds like you have done a good job of getting prepared to bring Mollie home and I can't think of anything else you would need to know right now. There are many helpful "sticky threads" that will help you through any rough spots in her training and feel free to ask any questions you might have along the way. Congrats and she is really cute
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You sound super prepared. For someone like you, who has already done so much research and knows what to do... my advice would be ...
Just Relax and enjoy the puppy and don't worry much about all the "naughty" stages puppies go through. You don't need to train them out of everything.

Management, management, management... a little training... and time... cure most ills!

Enjoy the pup, and please keep the pics coming!
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Crikey what a manic first week! Thank you for the posts, this is the first time i've been able to sit down properly and get back online (she's sleeping somewhere other than my knee for once!) - but wow, what a bundle of energy!!! She never stops! And I think it's great!
We had a rough first nights sleep, but I came back armed with a hot water bottle, clock, my jumper and good old BBC Radio 4 on in the background, and she slept brilliantly, and has done every night since. She no longer has the hotwater bottle or clock, and only has the radio on if she's a bit grumbly before bed - other than that, fab!
We've had one set of jabs, the second is in a couple of weeks, thankfully - I can't wait to be able to take her out to the fields and get her properly walking. We've mastered sit, touch and paw already, and working on stay, which is taking a little longer - I was amazed we'd gotten the others picked up so quickly. I would say she is a fast learner but we're still having some biting problems - I had to go for stitches in my lip she got a little too excited one day and snagged my lip when she jumped up! And she's chewed through several pairs of slippers and the cats bed , but we're working on it too. Thank u for all your advice here and on other stickies, I will keep you posted :-)
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Wonderful first week!

Hey, I just want to share with you the name of a TERRIFIC puppy book I found since we last "talked". I think you would love it!

Amazon.com: The Puppy Primer (9781891767135): Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Brenda Scidmore: Books Amazon.com: The Puppy Primer (9781891767135): Patricia B. McConnell, Ph.D., Brenda Scidmore: Books

One thing that reminds me, is you said she's gone through several pairs of slippers etc.. Patricia McConnell discusses how puppies consider so many objects in their environment to be "chew toys" and how to help them learn to distinguish.
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You sound very prepared, so I don't think there is anything to worry about or anything more to need. Just, as you did, keep shoe's out of the way! Because puppies LOVE chewing things like wires, shoes, blankets, curtains, ANYTHING. My lab mix puppy, Kassie, loves it, which is why I keep things out of the way. I also just got Kassie last night, and I was suprised you we're getting yours tomorrow! I wish you nothing but luck on training your new pup! What is her name going to be?
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You sound very prepared, so I don't think there is anything to worry about or anything more to need. Just, as you did, keep shoe's out of the way! Because puppies LOVE chewing things like wires, shoes, blankets, curtains, ANYTHING. My lab mix puppy, Kassie, loves it, which is why I keep things out of the way. I also just got Kassie last night, and I was suprised you we're getting yours tomorrow! I wish you nothing but luck on training your new pup! What is her name going to be?
Tomorrow would have been two weeks ago... lol OP posed on 3-24
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