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Old 08-05-2013, 11:06 PM
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Be prepared for the fact that the pup may not show it's true colors for a few days/weeks!!
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My puppy when I brought him home was looking for a place to hide that was low (like under the couch or a corner) because it was comforting. When I placed him in the crate he hid in the back and looked sad. I had to bring the food to him. After 2 days he came out and began staying with me because he was attached and safe with me. Then after four days he was exploring the house and peeing and pooping pretty good. He cried a lot if I left him alone so be prepared for that. Give him/her lots of love when you get them and pet them so they know you. I gave mine a blankie to sleep on and some toys to keep him company.
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Old 08-06-2013, 07:45 AM
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If you enjoy long lies in... forget it
Your socks are now chew toys. If you want to keep them in good shape, go barefoot or wear trainers around the house!
I had the puppy blues big time. I look back now and feel horrified at some of the thoughts I had (ie 'I wish we'd never got him', 'i hate him', 'why won't he just be quiet?')
As for your school schedule, that's unavoidable... but you also need to arrange your schedule outside of school around the pup. They need a good routine and you need to be prepared to get up in the middle of the night if pup needs a pee!

Some puppies will take a few days to get used to their surroundings, and if you're providing food different to what they got from the breeder, prepare for some upset tum action!!! They get stressed just like we do and it's a massive adjustment for a baby to be away from their Mummy.

Patience is key.
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Basically your free time is puppy's time. Your best bet is to start a routine from the get go. Also beware potty training takes A LOT of patience. Oh and resign your self to the fact that you will get bit, it's how puppies explore their world and no it's not their fault! you just need to manage it!

It is all well worth it, especially when they come to you for comfort or doing something silly, I hope and the others and I aren't scaring you too bad
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Originally Posted by HouseIsaZoo View Post
Be prepared for the fact that the pup may not show it's true colors for a few days/weeks!!
This is so true! So many people I know (and even myself) ooh and ahh over their "calm" puppy and talk about how "lucky" they are. A week or two later once they make themselves at home is a whole 'nother story!
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Thanks everyone, for your advice! (:

My main hobbies are really staying on the computer, (lmao) it's great the puppy will change that. lol And yeah, I'll try my best in the housebreaking!
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Puppies have potty accidents, it's up to you to prevent that as much as possible. When he has an accident calmly clean it up with an enzyme cleaner made for cleaning pet accidents, don't scold the puppy.

Puppies bite, you're going to have to teach him to bite on his toys and not your body. Never let him use your hands as a toy, when he tries give him a toy and play with him with that.

Puppies chew, puppy proof the house. If you don't want him chewing on something don't leave it on the floor, if you can't pick it up then try spraying it with a biter apple spray made to deter puppies from chewing on stuff. Make sure to keep all wires out of his reach.

Be prepared for sleepless nights, young puppies usually get up once or twice during the night to potty. If you don't take them out they will have an accident. When a puppy first comes home it will whine for the first night or two because it misses it's mom and siblings.

Puppies don't automatically love a crate, you will have to teach him to like it.

Puppies usually don't like to go on walks, it's normal. Instinct tells them that it's safest to stay close to home, as they get older they'll want to explore more and more on walks.

If a puppy has watery diarrhea and/or vomiting for more then a day it's time to take it to the vet. Puppies dehydrate very quickly and it's better to be safe then sorry.
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Good advice, Rain.

Everyone helped me so much, thanks again DF.
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The more structure the little guy has in the beginning the better. It depends on the age of your puppy how long you can keep them in a crate with no breaks. Thankfully they do sleep a lot, but when they are young their bladders are not very big so watch out for that. I would be sure to get your puppy nice and tired out before crating and leaving for class.

The biting in the beginning is more about mouthing and nipping, basically playing with you and exploring the world with their mouths. If you dont like that sort of play, just don't initiate using hands as toys and they will get the idea. My pup was EXTREMELY mouthy, ugh it drove me crazy-- talk about serious teething! But with some attention and redirection of the mouthing we now have a very "soft mouthed" puppy who never goes for the hand as a plaything.

I would suggest you rent or buy a copy of Dr. Ian Dunbars SIRIUS puppy training. The video is dated from the 80s so its pretty funny to watch but i cannot tell you how much it has helped us teach our puppy good manners. Its just an excellent video all around with wonderful tips for new puppy owners. I know it saved my life a few times with the information it gives!!!
Best of luck and don't forget to be SUPER PATIENT with your pup!!!!!!
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Here's a good "letter" that I like about puppies:

I Am Your Puppy

I am your puppy, and I will love you until the end of the Earth, but please*know a few things about me:

I am a puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are*the same as an 8-month-old child. I am a puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can*get my teeth on—this is how I explore and learn about the world. Even*HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It's up to*you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.

I am a puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than one to two hours. I*cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come*out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot*have "bladder and bowel control" until 6-9 months. Do not punish me if*you have not let me out for three hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a*puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after: eating,*sleeping, playing, drinking, and around every two to three hours in addition. If*you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 8*p.m. A crate will help me learn to*housebreak easier, and will prevent your being mad at me.

I am a puppy, accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I*will learn.

I am a puppy, I like to play. I will run around, chase imaginary*monsters, chase your feet and your toes and “attack” you, chase*fuzzballs, other pets and small kids. It is play; it's what I do. Do not*be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high*energy level is too much for you, take me for a walk or maybe you could consider an*older rescue from a shelter or rescue group. My play is beneficial; use*your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities*like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for*me. If I nip you too hard , talk to me in " dog talk " by giving a loud YELP;*I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs*communicate with one another. If I get too rough, firmly but gently tell me 'no' and/or give me an appropriate chew toy.

I am a puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a*6-month-old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am*delicate, and also very impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will*grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please*guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance,*if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN*chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get*into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock,*or an old sneaker and your $200 Nikes.

I am a puppy and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your*own, but yet also very different. Although I am NOT a human in a*dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every*whim. I truly DO want to please you and be a part of your family and your*life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion,*so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me*harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and*guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be. Take the time to understand me as a canine animal. Learn what instincts I have and help me satisfy them.

I am a puppy and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I*love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, puppy*behaviors and caring for me from your veterinarian,*books on dog care and even through researching on the computer!

Learn about my*particular breed and it's "characteristics", as this will give you understanding*and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please*teach me with love and patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with*training in a puppy class or obedience class; we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.

I am a puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and*to please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work? We are*the same, you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort,*fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one*another's language, body signals, wants and*needs. Someday I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of*and one that you will love as much as I love you.

Love, Your Puppy

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