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Old 07-23-2010, 04:25 PM
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Some questions about a new puppy. Help greatly appreciated. (PLEASE?)

Hi, my family is looking into getting a new puppy for me sometime soon. But I want to be prepared, and for some reason no matter how much I research, it seems it's never enough. I'm so scared!
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I've raised three dogs through my life, and am quite prepared for the older dog's life, though I'd like a puppy and have ABSOLUTELY NO EXPERIENCE with a puppy. I know I can handle it, but I have so many questions first.
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Oh, and if it effects anything, I'm looking into getting a German Shepherd or Australian Shepherd.



  • Will this cause conflict in the puppy's 'pack structure'? Currently, my sister's Pomeranian is feisty and thinks he's the boss of all the animals because he was there first. He knows that his humans are his boss, and is very submissive to us, but if any of our animals come near him or his food he barks at them and chases them away. But he is here TEMPORARILY; [My sister will move out within a year] and I don't want him to dominate my puppy and cause problems later. I don't want a super submissive, timid dog.


  • When is the best time to begin training a puppy?
  • I'm mostly following this: Levels.html
  • When should I start introducing him to the leash?
  • When should I begin the basic training? [Sit, Down, Stay, etc]
  • When should I introduce him to the clicker? [What I've heard is you just click and treat over and over until they learn that a click=treat]
  • When approximately will he learn his name?
  • When should I begin crate training? [This website has crate training in level 2.. but I thought you'd train that early]
  • When can I let him sleep in my bed? [I DO understand that people consider this a huge no-no, but I honestly don't care. I want him sleeping with me at night, and not next to my bed in a crate]
  • When can I expect him to be potty trained?

  • I'll be starting school again soon, will he be OK relatively alone during my school hours?[I will leave at 8AM, return to let him out at lunch, and be home from school at 3:30PM]
Also, my sister WILL be home ALL day, but she lives in the basement. I do NOT want the puppy down there with her, as her kids are young and I don't want them interacting with him without adult supervision and she doesn't always watch them. She will be able to let him out once in a while, but he won't have much interaction during my school hours.
I realize that it's cruel to keep high energy puppies in a crate all day but I have no other choice. I'm not allowed to get one during this summer as my brother is still here with his large dog. And after school I will be working. I have no time for a young dog to be with me all the time but I do NOT want an older dog. [Doesn't everyone agree that if the opportunity is there, everyone should have the chance to raise and bond with a small puppy? I've never had one before. I want to know what it's like to have a little one dependent on you and watch him grow.] I will walk him [When he's old enough] every day in the morning, let him play in our large yard at lunch, and walk him again when I get home and more play time in our yard. He'll have plenty of exercise, I promise.

  • Can spending too much time with him make him needy and develop separation anxiety?
My brother's dog has SA very severely, and I don't want a dog with that. We left him for an hour and he chewed out of his crate and through our floor tile trying to get out of the door after us. :/

But this is a new puppy! I want him to be clingy, but not needy. I want him to follow me around room to room, enjoy my company and greet me happily when I come home. I want him to jump up on the couch beside me when I watch a movie, and I want him to willingly sleep in my bed (as my dog currently won't stay in my bed unless my door is closed. He'll hop down and leave to follow my mom to bed instead)

I also really want to spend all my time with this dog. I'm addicted to the internet, and it's making me very unhealthy. I want this dog to help me get better, and I want a best friend to spend time with. I want to go for walks and play in the park and get out some more. I don't want to have to give him solitary time for hours and leave me

bored and lonely because I don't want him developing SA.
  • How can I get a solid bond with my puppy and become his alpha?
My mom has a tendency to get every animal to love her, and as selfish as it is.. I want my puppy to be MINE. Our last dog wouldn't come near me or anyone else, he always wanted to be with mommy.

I do intend to have everyone in my family train him, so he listens to strangers as well. But I want to be the alpha.

I understand that feeding the dog helps give you that status, but what else?

  • Is getting a young puppy with young kids a bad idea?
My niece and nephew are three and two years old, and they love animals. But my niece isn't.. the gentlest. We have a very old, deteriorating cat and we can't let her near him because when we do she squeezes him and hugs him and lays on top of him and doesn't let him go. She also soaked him with lotion and brings him to her room when we're not looking and locks him there. Honestly, I'm not comfortable with her around any animal. Should I wait until she moves out with her kids to get a puppy? (Could be a year or two)

  • Can I 'crate' him in a room?
Let me explain. A crate is the dog's den, correct? His safe haven, his place to go when he needs time alone, his house. Can you instead make this 'house' larger? Train him to go to my room instead of his crate when he needs time alone? Put him there when we leave to go somewhere? We'd still have a crate, but I'd like him to be comfortable in my room as well and not make a fuss if I'm working on homework and want him to be with me.


  • I know this sounds silly, but can I vacuum my dog?
I've heard of this for shedding dogs and just want to know what you guys advice, hehe.


  • Are excessive baths bad?
I intend to keep my dog looking clean and groomed, and I'll brush him daily. But currently we have to bathe our Pomeranian almost every 2 weeks when my niece pets him with sticky wet hands or drops food on him. We like him to keep clean, and his fur seems healthy regardless of the frequent bathing. Though I've heard that you should only bath dogs once every few months. How true is this for German Shepherds and what do you recommend?


  • Do you recommend dog training classes?
How expensive would this be approximately?

  • Could someone help me find a good one in Edmonton, Alberta?
Just over the internet, I don't know what to google.

  • How old would the dog be to go into these?

  • And would I be able to give him training prior to this? (Teach him sit, down, etc in my own house)

  • How much should I save up to pay for toys and the crate? My mom will pay for the medical and food until I get a job.
I want to spoil my baby and get him lots of things to chew on, a nice leash that will last, etc. We have dog bowls, a heavy, chain, metal leash (D8 Poor puppy), and some basic stuff like dog brushes, etc from our previous dog.

  • Will nicknames complicate things?
For instance, if you spend a month training a dog to come to "Buddy" and want to call him "Bud" for short and still come. Will that confuse the puppy?


  • Anyone have any name ideas? 8)
We're looking for unique names, not a person name, that's smooth and with a nickname. So far we've thought of:

Snickers, (Snick for short)
Kodak (Kody)
Alethea (Aly)

Male or female, as we don't know which we'll get (Though I'd perfer a male)

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Wow that was long.
If you read it all I'll give you a cookie.

Thanks in advance. 8)
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First off I want to commend you on doing your research first. This is awesome and rare honestly.


But secondly, may not be what you want to hear...IMO your lifestyle right now is not really a good one to bring a puppy into...especially the breeds you want...

other dogs in the household with issues, young kids that may be interacting with the dog when your not around, going to school for many hours, also what happens when you move out? Unless you plan on moving directly into a home you own, most apartments do not allow large dogs.

A puppy will need to have som'one at home to potty train him, will the other housemembers be willing to potty train your puppy while you work/school?

Alllll that said, I do think you could pull this off with an older (1year +) dog but tackling this with a puppy, expecially a first puppy of a working breed is not som'thing I'd recommend

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http://www.4pawsu.com/pmdominance.htm

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Thank you for your honest reply.

I've done three years of research, actually :P I've wanted a puppy for a very long time, and my parents refused to get me one until I'd looked into everything. I've volunteered at the local shelter, spent many days with my aunt who is a veterinarian at her clinic, gone to professional breeders to talk to them about the breeds I'm interested in, bought countless books on training, raising, and medical care of dogs, plus books on the individual breeds I was looking in to.

I do realize it'd be difficult and possibly unfair to the dog to bring it into this lifestyle. But, I will be moving out of this house and all it entails within a year to roommate with a family friend where I will stay with her until I get a stable job and enough money to move out into a good house. (I'm looking into the trades, 20+$ an hour to start). That means the kids and the other dog will be gone.

Now seeing as I'd have a better environment in a year, you'd think I'd get one then :P But, my future roommate doesn't want me raising a puppy in her new house. She's OK with a year old dog, one who's potty trained and has manners, but she'll be getting new furniture and doesn't want an unruly puppy. So it's now or never, really.

I'm not interested in getting a year old dog, really. I want the experience of raising a puppy.
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expecially a first puppy of a working breed
I have raised a working dog before. I grew up with two german shepherds and a husky.

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I would like answers to my questions, though. :P

EDIT: And thank you for the link, very insightful.

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Gotcha

your post is quite long for me to answer it all at the moment, so I'll hit on the area Iam most comfortable with, hopefully others will chime in.
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  • When is the best time to begin training a puppy?
  • I'm mostly following this: Levels.html
  • When should I start introducing him to the leash?
  • When should I begin the basic training? [Sit, Down, Stay, etc]
  • When should I introduce him to the clicker? [What I've heard is you just click and treat over and over until they learn that a click=treat]
  • When approximately will he learn his name?
  • When should I begin crate training? [This website has crate training in level 2.. but I thought you'd train that early]
  • When can I let him sleep in my bed? [I DO understand that people consider this a huge no-no, but I honestly don't care. I want him sleeping with me at night, and not next to my bed in a crate]
  • When can I expect him to be potty trained?
the levels link is wonderful, I tend to glance at it occasionally myself. Good find

You can begin basic training whenever, I have seen 4 and 5 week old puppies doing basics and more. They are perfectly mentally capable of those behaviors at young ages, just keep sessions fun/short.

The clicker is a wonderful tool and you can intro it at anytime.

How fast he'll learn his name depends on you the more you work on it, the faster he'll learn it

You can introduce the crate right away, or you can wait. Up to you

The bed thing, same thing...its a personal choice

Potty training speed, will once again, depend on you, the better you supervise him the faster he'll pick it up Som' dogs are trained in days, som' people struggle with it years in still...its the effort on the part of the owner



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  • I'll be starting school again soon, will he be OK relatively alone during my school hours?[I will leave at 8AM, return to let him out at lunch, and be home from school at 3:30PM]
Also, my sister WILL be home ALL day, but she lives in the basement. I do NOT want the puppy down there with her, as her kids are young and I don't want them interacting with him without adult supervision and she doesn't always watch them. She will be able to let him out once in a while, but he won't have much interaction during my school hours.
I realize that it's cruel to keep high energy puppies in a crate all day but I have no other choice. I'm not allowed to get one during this summer as my brother is still here with his large dog. And after school I will be working. I have no time for a young dog to be with me all the time but I do NOT want an older dog. [Doesn't everyone agree that if the opportunity is there, everyone should have the chance to raise and bond with a small puppy? I've never had one before. I want to know what it's like to have a little one dependent on you and watch him grow.] I will walk him [When he's old enough] every day in the morning, let him play in our large yard at lunch, and walk him again when I get home and more play time in our yard. He'll have plenty of exercise, I promise.
You do have a choice and IMO your choice should be to adopt an older dog not a puppy who will have to be locked while you are at school. I do not agree that you have been given the opportunity to properly raise a puppy...people who have someone home constantly during the puppies first few months of being with them are the ones with this opportunity. You say here you have never had a puppy before but you have had sheph's and huskies...just b/c you have had the breed does not mean you know how to raise the puppy properly. It takes a lot to get a breed like that into good habits. I have had boxers and mastiffs growing up but my lab/border collie that I have had as my dog since 6 weeks has turned out to be a challenge and most his siblings have been given up by older people so I can only imagine my guy would not have been kept by a different owner.

The last highlighted part IMO is a bit selfish...its like people who have children but do not have the means to properly care for the child. I am not saying you cannot care for the puppy but you will be gone then come back then leave again (which can really stress a dog out and depress it) so I think during this time you just dont need a puppy, or you need to find someone who can watch the dog while you are at school. Its selfish to the puppy to be in this environment where its locked up all because you want to have a puppy to watch it grow.

I am not trying to be mean, I am trying to be honest.

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  • Can spending too much time with him make him needy and develop separation anxiety?
My brother's dog has SA very severely, and I don't want a dog with that. We left him for an hour and he chewed out of his crate and through our floor tile trying to get out of the door after us. :/

But this is a new puppy! I want him to be clingy, but not needy. I want him to follow me around room to room, enjoy my company and greet me happily when I come home. I want him to jump up on the couch beside me when I watch a movie, and I want him to willingly sleep in my bed (as my dog currently won't stay in my bed unless my door is closed. He'll hop down and leave to follow my mom to bed instead)

I also really want to spend all my time with this dog. I'm addicted to the internet, and it's making me very unhealthy. I want this dog to help me get better, and I want a best friend to spend time with. I want to go for walks and play in the park and get out some more. I don't want to have to give him solitary time for hours and leave me

bored and lonely because I don't want him developing SA.
SA I think is caused by many factors. For example I think your situation of leaving him, coming back and leaving again could possibly lead to SA especially in a breed that needs to be stimulated physically and mentally. Just my opinion tho, I am not an expert.

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  • How can I get a solid bond with my puppy and become his alpha?
My mom has a tendency to get every animal to love her, and as selfish as it is.. I want my puppy to be MINE. Our last dog wouldn't come near me or anyone else, he always wanted to be with mommy.

I do intend to have everyone in my family train him, so he listens to strangers as well. But I want to be the alpha.

I understand that feeding the dog helps give you that status, but what else?
I dont like the alpha idea personally. I feel showing my dogs that I give them everything like food, toys, treats, etc shows them I am the main resource giver. If that makes sense.



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Again, thank you both for your replies. I value honestly, and I'm not offended nor do you sound mean. :P

Criosphynx, thanks for your input. If we do decide to get a puppy, I will be sure to spend a lot of time training it.

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You do have a choice and IMO your choice should be to adopt an older dog not a puppy who will have to be locked while you are at school. I do not agree that you have been given the opportunity to properly raise a puppy...people who have someone home constantly during the puppies first few months of being with them are the ones with this opportunity.
There will be someone home with him constantly for the first year or so. My sister lives with us, and is a stay-at-home mom. I can easily have her watch the dog and keep him with her while they watch tv, draw, or whatever they do during the day, and play with him during the kids' naps. I didn't want to have her doing too much with him because I didn't want the kids torturing him. But if it is a problem, the dog WILL be constantly cared for and looked after.

Please keep in mind that I'm asking these questions so I can decide what to do with the puppy; I'm not asking if you'd advise getting one. :P Though your advice is valued, don't doubt that. Pretty much my question was "Should I keep the dog alone, and safe from my niece during the day, or should I let my sister watch him in their basement (Which is puppy-proof as well as baby proof) and just instruct her to not let the kids play with him unsupervised"

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You say here you have never had a puppy before but you have had sheph's and huskies...just b/c you have had the breed does not mean you know how to raise the puppy properly. It takes a lot to get a breed like that into good habits. I have had boxers and mastiffs growing up but my lab/border collie that I have had as my dog since 6 weeks has turned out to be a challenge and most his siblings have been given up by older people so I can only imagine my guy would not have been kept by a different owner.
My mother has raised 6 dogs from puppies, and HER parents used to breed dogs on their family's farm. Obviously I'm not alone in this, and she can help. It's not as if I'm a first time dog owner, and I do have assistance if I need it from a more experienced owner. I realize I may not have experience raising a GSD puppy, but I don't think it's fair to say that I shouldn't get one because I've never raised one before. Have to start somewhere, right?
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The last highlighted part IMO is a bit selfish...its like people who have children but do not have the means to properly care for the child. I am not saying you cannot care for the puppy but you will be gone then come back then leave again (which can really stress a dog out and depress it) so I think during this time you just dont need a puppy, or you need to find someone who can watch the dog while you are at school. Its selfish to the puppy to be in this environment where its locked up all because you want to have a puppy to watch it grow.
I realize I'm selfish. I really, completely do. But I want this companion very badly. And my therapist recommended I get a puppy for mental healing after I've been through some rough times in the past few years. Again, I will have someone to watch him while I'm at school if I need it, also I would be getting the dog in mid-august. Which gives me three weeks before school to spend time with him.
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I dont like the alpha idea personally. I feel showing my dogs that I give them everything like food, toys, treats, etc shows them I am the main resource giver. If that makes sense.
Alpha is the wrong word, it's just always what I hear it referred to. Provider is a much nicer word. Yes, I'd like the dog to realize that I'M the one who feeds them, I'm the one they look for when they need something, I'm the one who cleans up their mess :P
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Personally I LOVE GSds. That is the breed I grew up with and I would really love to have another in the future. But that said, please think 2x about them until you are able to purchase your own home.
It can be very difficult to find an apartment that allows large dogs! It is much easier to find one that will allow a small dog. Plus GSDs are one of the breeds often banned from apartment complexes (at least in the complexes we lived in before buying our house). I know you may have your heart set on one but it really is something to think about!
I do know you said that you would be moving in with a friend, but there are no guarantees that you and a future dog will be able to live there until you can buy your own home.

Perhaps you could look at a few different breeds, but ones that are easier to keep in apartments. What about shelties? They are still a herding breed, but they are smaller and it would definitely be much easier to find an apartment that allowed one.
And if you are really set on an Aussie or GSD I would go with the Aussie since they would be the easier of the two to find an apartment for.

I also understand that you want a puppy. They are a ton of fun, but also a lot of work. Maybe you could look into adopting an older puppy (6 months-1 year)? You would still be able to experience much of the puppy fun, but by that age they can hold it longer so they don't need to go out to go potty so often!

And I also just want to say that I have rescued several dogs as adults (one was even a senior) and they have all bonded with me and my husband with no problems. So don't rule out an adult just because you think you won't have a strong relationship with them!
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As for your questions, I'll try and hit some of the things that have not already been answered!

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Is getting a young puppy with young kids a bad idea?
It depends on many things! But for the safety of the puppy, I would not get one unless I was able to supervise it with children 100% of the time. Too much can happen if you are not there. Plus children and dogs of any age should always be supervised when to together!

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Can I 'crate' him in a room?
Let me explain. A crate is the dog's den, correct? His safe haven, his place to go when he needs time alone, his house. Can you instead make this 'house' larger? Train him to go to my room instead of his crate when he needs time alone? Put him there when we leave to go somewhere? We'd still have a crate, but I'd like him to be comfortable in my room as well and not make a fuss if I'm working on homework and want him to be with me.
Absolutely. If you decide to go that route, I would place an open crate with a bed inside for the puppy to sleep in inside of a closed room. Though at first I would use an x-pen to only give enough space for a puppy pad or two along with a water bowl and crate. Then as the pup became more relaible with house training, I would start slowly increase the amount of space it had access to.
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I know this sounds silly, but can I vacuum my dog?
I've heard of this for shedding dogs and just want to know what you guys advice, hehe.
You can. My mom vacuums one of her pugs. But unless you had a strange dog like her pug that just walked over a pretty much demanded it, you are most likely going to need to desensitize your pup slowly to the vacuum cleaner first.

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Do you recommend dog training classes?
How expensive would this be approximately?


Could someone help me find a good one in Edmonton, Alberta?
Just over the internet, I don't know what to google.
How old would the dog be to go into these?
And would I be able to give him training prior to this?(Teach him sit, down, etc in my own house)
I absolutely reccommend training classes!
The ones I have taken have ranged in price from $60-$100 per class. Of couse prices vary from location to location, so I have no idea what they would cost in your area.
Ask around and see which trainers peple recommend. Ask the trainers you are considering if you can sit in on a class. It is the best way to see what the setting is like and also what types of methods are used! I would look spefically for trainers that use mostly positive training methods.
And you certainly can train at home. I really don't need to take classes to train things like sit, down, stay, etc. Infact my dogs generally know the basics before they even go to a class. I instead use the classes for socialization and to work on training with distractions since it is a controlled environment. So even if your have taught your puppy certain things, going to an obedience class can be still be highly beneficial.

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How much should I save up to pay for toys and the crate? My mom will pay for the medical and food until I get a job.
Be ready to spend a lot of money. Why not start to buy certain things like crates and toys now? That way you won't need to do that right before you get your puppy.
But to give you an idea, I easily spend around $50-$60 a month on food, dental chews, and training treats each month. And that doesn't even include new toys, beds, Heartworm, Flea and Tick preventative, etc. It really adds up quickly!
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Will nicknames complicate things?
For instance, if you spend a month training a dog to come to "Buddy" and want to call him "Bud" for short and still come. Will that confuse the puppy?
Nicknames are fine. They eventually learn them just like they do their a call name. Each of my dogs have multiple nicknames. They respond not only to their real name but also to their own nicknames.

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It can be very difficult to find an apartment that allows large dogs! It is much easier to find one that will allow a small dog. Plus GSDs are one of the breeds often banned from apartment complexes (at least in the complexes we lived in before buying our house). I know you may have your heart set on one but it really is something to think about!
I do know you said that you would be moving in with a friend, but there are no guarantees that you and a future dog will be able to live there until you can buy your own home.
I realize this, sadly. My mom has told me that if I cannot find an apartment, that she can look after him until I do. Which I know isn't completely fair for the dog, but I'm not moving out of this house anytime soon anyways :P And my friend has payed for the house, she makes a lot of money and it won't be a problem keeping it, and she won't withdraw her offer :P She wants me to babysit her daughter, as she works night shifts. We grew up together, and call each other sisters. There shouldn't be a problem. Sure, it's never 100%- but nothing is. Anyone who gets a dog has a chance of not being able to look after it eventually. :P

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Perhaps you could look at a few different breeds, but ones that are easier to keep in apartments. What about shelties? They are still a herding breed, but they are smaller and it would definitely be much easier to find an apartment that allowed one.
And if you are really set on an Aussie or GSD I would go with the Aussie since they would be the easier of the two to find an apartment for.
My mom doesn't want an Aussie, she doesn't agree that they're nice dogs. (My sister was bit by one when she was little and needed serious stitches on her face) Though it wasn't the dog's fault! The owner took her to a park and there were tons of kids crowding and harassing it, and it just decided to jump up and retaliate on my sister. But it IS my dog, I can get one if I want, but my mom won't look after it for me if I ever need her to.

I'm not really a fan of Shelties. I don't like their long snouts. And I'm not looking for specifically a herding breed, I just want an intelligent dog who can keep up with my active lifestyle, can be trusted off leash with supervision, (I go to my brother's cabin every weekend with our dogs and would like it to not run away), and who will still wind down after a long day with me. I want an active outdoors, less active indoor kind of dog. So my veterinarian suggested the Shepherd.

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I also understand that you want a puppy. They are a ton of fun, but also a lot of work. Maybe you could look into adopting an older puppy (6 months-1 year)? You would still be able to experience much of the puppy fun, but by that age they can hold it longer so they don't need to go out to go potty so often!

Potty isn't a problem, my sister knows how to potty train a dog, and she can let the dog out when he needs it. The problem is more that a young puppy shouldn't be left alone all the time. But I'll do my very best to not let that happen. If I have to, I can have my neighbour (Who's retired, widowed and LOVES dogs) watch him during the day.

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Absolutely. If you decide to go that route, I would place an open crate with a bed inside for the puppy to sleep in inside of a closed room. Though at first I would use an x-pen to only give enough space for a puppy pad or two along with a water bowl and crate. Then as the pup became more relaible with house training, I would start slowly increase the amount of space it had access to.
What is an x-pen? -google-
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You can. My mom vacuums one of her pugs. But unless you had a strange dog like her pug that just walked over a pretty much demanded it, you are most likely going to need to desensitize your pup slowly to the vacuum cleaner first.
Haha, how weird.

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Nicknames are fine. They eventually learn them just like they do their a call name. Each of my dogs have multiple nicknames. They respond not only to their real name but also to their own nicknames.
Would it confuse them as a puppy, though? Should I stick with teaching him his name BEFORE I get to nicknames? I'd think so. But idk.

Another question I just stumbled across.

A blog I read suggested Close Tethering for new puppies to bond to you and accept you as their owner. Just walking around for a few weeks with their leash attatched to your belt so the puppy learns that you choose where to go, etc. It sounds kind of.. weird. Is this recommended?

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A blog I read suggested Close Tethering for new puppies to bond to you and accept you as their owner. Just walking around for a few weeks with their leash attatched to your belt so the puppy learns that you choose where to go, etc. It sounds kind of.. weird. Is this recommended?
Tethering for potty training is common...tho I think you have stumbled across another method I have seen around the internet to make the dog "bond" or "respect" you more...this is som'thing I think had a high potential to backfire...so I don't recommend having a dog tethered to a person for large chunks of time... no



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