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Old 01-27-2013, 10:36 PM
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Hi! Well, I've found a GREAT sheltie breeder, met her and her dogs, and and I'm on a waiting list for (hopefully) a puppy from her current litter. Four weeks old tonight.
I've been researching for a dog for literally like three years now, so I like to think I'm pretty prepared, but this is still my boyfriend and I's first dog on our own (both have had family dogs). I was originally set on an aussie (still kind of sad not go get one lol) but I just worry it would end up being too much dog for me energy wise. Plus they are bigger than a sheltie and I may end up in an apartment in the next 6 monts-a year. Maybe someday in the future..
ANYWAY! I was hoping you guys would have some helpful puppy advice, important books, or anything really you can think of
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Two books often recommended here are the Puppy Primer by Pat McConnel and Before and After Getting Your Puppy by Dr. Ian Dunbar. I'll add Perfect Puppy in 7 days because I love Dr. Sophia Yin's stuff as well. Good luck! Get plenty of sleep now and don't be discouraged when you are running on empty once pup gets there!
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Thanks! I have the puppy primer in my amazon cart already, I'll look for the other two you mention also
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I'm sure the books will tell you this but... don't teach behavior you will not like when the puppy is an adult. For instance, jumping on people. When the puppy puts it's paws on you and pleads with puppy eyes, back up and let it fall to the floor. Teach sit and have him sit nicely before you put dinner on the floor. Sit nicely by the door before you open it. When you bring him outside for potty, bring him over to the place you want him going in, hang out in the area. Have treat ready and treat immedietely. Then, instead of going inside, pat your leg and run around the yard. a) Play begins after potty. b) Learns to follow you to leg pat. c) You know he is really finished with peeing and pooping.
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Hi! Well, I've found a GREAT sheltie breeder, met her and her dogs, and and I'm on a waiting list for (hopefully) a puppy from her current litter. Four weeks old tonight.
I've been researching for a dog for literally like three years now, so I like to think I'm pretty prepared, but this is still my boyfriend and I's first dog on our own (both have had family dogs). I was originally set on an aussie (still kind of sad not go get one lol) but I just worry it would end up being too much dog for me energy wise. Plus they are bigger than a sheltie and I may end up in an apartment in the next 6 monts-a year. Maybe someday in the future..
ANYWAY! I was hoping you guys would have some helpful puppy advice, important books, or anything really you can think of
Hi one of the things people do or say is she is not going to sleep in our bedroom,but because the 1st night can be fraught,you just have to leave her,bring something back from the breeder,a bit of bedding with the smells of her brother and sisters,also I have made this mistake,everyone wants to see the puppy like a new baby and you have lots of visitors,you really should try to keep her quiet so she gets to know you,but after the first week,she should be fine.gemini
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