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Old 07-10-2013, 03:53 PM
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New puppy, wanting opinions and advice on routine etc

Hi there, I am due to get a puppy middle of august, I am trying to get prepared in advance so I can give it the best possible start and life.

I hear lots of conflicting advice on the amount of excersise a young dog should have, I plan on taking the puppy for two twenty minute walks a day, morning and evening, and of course it will play in the garden etc throughout the day. Is this enough/too much?

I am under the impression dry food is best? Is this right?

We are starting puppy classes so this will help with training the dog, but what is the best way to go about house training? I intend to use puppy pads and gradually move them closer to the back door, is this the right method?

Thanks for any help
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For walks, you should work up to it. Start with a five minute walk, work up to ten, and eventually to twenty. The amount of exercise depends on the breed of dog. For some that will be enough, for others you might need to do more. I wouldn't bother with puppy pads, just go straight for training outside. To be honest, puppy pads only hinder the process, especially if you plan on eventually moving them outside. Might as well start off where you want to end up. Just sit outside with your puppy and give them a treat and praise when they go potty, that's the best way to go.

Food depends on the brand. Dry food would probably be the cheapest, but it's all about personal preference and individual dog needs.
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If your area has a problem with parvo, it is not a good idea to take the puppy out in places where other dogs have walked until s/he has had all their vaccines (some people say you only have to wait until the second set; my vet requested that I wait for all three).

As far as housebreaking, the easiest method with is crate training. We have a really good FAQ on that and then one on using it for housebreaking! But the real keys are patience and consistency on the human end.

Congratulations on you new/future furbaby! Take TONS of pictures! (and share them here!)
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