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Old 25-11-2010, 12:57 PM
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What a good idea for a thread! I think with so many of us having such a romantic image of what our puppy is going to be the reality of the situation quite often gets overlooked.

Just to add to the posts above, these two down-sides have certainly hit us recently. (Even more so when this morning the other half left the house at five in the morning- Pixel decided that five am was clearly morning and that the whole household should be up. )

Sleep- kiss goodbye to your late morning lie ins. If you are getting a puppy- kiss goodbye to sleep altogether for the first few weeks! Your puppy will (sod's law) want to go to the loo in the middle of the night, he will whimper because he's lonely on his first few nights and in general will make sure you're up with the sun.

If you enjoy a late lie in on a weekend, just remember that the ball of fur at the end of your bed needs a morning walk and his breakfast. He doesn't care if it's Christmas day or a Monday morning, whether it's pouring with rain or if it's snowing- you still need to get outside early in the morning to walk him/her.

Your household items- If you get a puppy/dog, no matter how careful, sooner or later he or she will ruin something precious. Be it your sofa, a wall, or even just a jumper: be prepared to smile sweetly as you find your precious bundle has just torn a hole in your grandmother's hand-knitted blanket, or has decided that your sofa needs a hole right in the middle of it or even perhaps he has even forgotten his toilet-manners for a moment and decided that your favourite armchair looked JUST ripe for pee'ing on.

Despite being extremely careful, I can still easily count on my fingers the amount of things our dogs have ruined over their lifetime!
Take today for instance. Its bloody cold, we are all full of coughs and colds and the kids i normally have on Thursday are off sick. Oooooo a lovely day tucked up on the sofa with my 4 year old and a bit of Wizard of Oz. Mmmmm ((cough cough)) enter Oscar who didn't get a decent walk yesterday because he was at the groomers. It took all my willpower to haul myself off the sofa tuck my 4 year old into her pushchair and trudge round the park for an hour. Counting my blessings it wasn't raining

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DOG POO!

Picking it up I can deal with.
Finger going through the bag whilst picking it up I'm not keen on. Especially while its pouring rain, and I'm trying to carry shopping etc, and hold kids hands!

It was a bit of a surprise to me that dogs dont use toilet paper! It never occurred to me that I may have to wash dog poo from his backside every so often.

The sense of responsibility was also a bit of a shock to me. Kids grow up and are not so dependent on you, but not dogs. They are fully dependant on you for the rest of their lives.

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EWWWwwwww the poo disaster. the other day Oscars lead dragged in the poo he had done so it was all over my hands and trousers and he was doing the "cocker dance" while i tried in vain to tissue and antibac gel my hands (all whilst managing a double buggy and a whinging toddler)
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Re: Thinking of getting a dog/puppy ?? The realities.

i could never bring home a puppy at this time of year, it`s bad enough having to stand outside with jake for a few minutes whilst he does the toilet in this freezing cold weather let alone with a new puppy having to stand out there till your feet and hands go numb just waiting for them to goo pee/poop and having to bare through the pain to congratulate them once they do

i`m quite lucky that i`ve never had a sleepless night with jake and can still have my lie ins but i`ve spoke to friends who look like living zombies with their pups whilst they were younger.

if you have kids also be prepared for a LOT of screaming and temper tantrums when they dog accidently nips them/ steals their sweets out their hand/ chews up their toys they left on the floor.
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i could never bring home a puppy at this time of year, it`s bad enough having to stand outside with jake for a few minutes whilst he does the toilet in this freezing cold weather let alone with a new puppy having to stand out there till your feet and hands go numb just waiting for them to goo pee/poop and having to bare through the pain to congratulate them once they do

i`m quite lucky that i`ve never had a sleepless night with jake and can still have my lie ins but i`ve spoke to friends who look like living zombies with their pups whilst they were younger.

if you have kids also be prepared for a LOT of screaming and temper tantrums when they dog accidently nips them/ steals their sweets out their hand/ chews up their toys they left on the floor.
I suddenly realised the other month i had a whole array of mutilated Little People characters
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Re: Thinking of getting a dog/puppy ?? The realities.

Very good thread. I agree with it all especially the trained bit. Oh you have such a well behaved terrier where do I get one. Erm spend years training them. Grooming is the big one though most of the breeds that take a lot of work at dd the owners were keen to point out you do have to do a lot of grooming
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Re: Thinking of getting a dog/puppy ?? The realities.

[QUOTE=RAINYBOW;1994795]I get it alot with Oscar and people with kids. He looks like "the perfect family dog" and he is NOW(ish ) but it's taken alot to achieve and if i hadn't had the commitment to him and the time to give it would have been very different. Also training is constant, you don't just train them once and then thats it for life, its an ongoing process and very much 2 steps forward 3 back for a fair while.

Did you see my post about what the guy at discover dogs said on the Newfie stand Someone approached him and asked if it was a Newfoundland he had. Then said "oh wow i didnt realise they were THAT big" The guy then sais he has just put a deposit down on one but had clearly never seen an adult one in the flesh Incredible !!!!![/QUOTE]

No, I must have missed that one! I once had an email from someone who thought they wanted a newfie and asked, would you believe, do they take up much room? When I told her Ferdie was 12 stone, she said the same thing: I didn't know they were that big.

The trouble with buying a newfie pup of the male variety is that you really need to see either the father or another adult male dog. It is no use seeing the mother, as the bitches tend to be a lot smaller than the dogs.

My dogs' breeder has one of the biggest newfies I have ever seen, he comes up to my chest. When I asked if the puppy would be that big, I was quite disappointed when he said no. I knew exactly what I wanted and what I was getting.
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I've heard a lot of newfie breeders saying that people have returned puppies at 7/8 months because they don't realise how big they got. You would think the giant breed thing would give them a hint.
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I get it alot with Oscar and people with kids. He looks like "the perfect family dog" and he is NOW(ish ) but it's taken alot to achieve and if i hadn't had the commitment to him and the time to give it would have been very different. Also training is constant, you don't just train them once and then thats it for life, its an ongoing process and very much 2 steps forward 3 back for a fair while.

Did you see my post about what the guy at discover dogs said on the Newfie stand Someone approached him and asked if it was a Newfoundland he had. Then said "oh wow i didnt realise they were THAT big" The guy then sais he has just put a deposit down on one but had clearly never seen an adult one in the flesh Incredible !!!!![/QUOTE]

No, I must have missed that one! I once had an email from someone who thought they wanted a newfie and asked, would you believe, do they take up much room? When I told her Ferdie was 12 stone, she said the same thing: I didn't know they were that big.

The trouble with buying a newfie pup of the male variety is that you really need to see either the father or another adult male dog. It is no use seeing the mother, as the bitches tend to be a lot smaller than the dogs.

My dogs' breeder has one of the biggest newfies I have ever seen, he comes up to my chest. When I asked if the puppy would be that big, I was quite disappointed when he said no. I knew exactly what I wanted and what I was getting.
Yes i noticed the females were much smaller. My hubby tried to tell me once that Bernese (his favourites) "weren't THAT big" Numpty
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LOL i gets really frustrating explaining to kids that if they hadn`t left their things laying about the dog wouldn`t have chewed them, they just don`t seem to understand it. i`ve lost count of the amount of times i need to say it then i`ll turn round and something else will be laying around
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LOL i gets really frustrating explaining to kids that if they hadn`t left their things laying about the dog wouldn`t have chewed them, they just don`t seem to understand it. i`ve lost count of the amount of times i need to say it then i`ll turn round and something else will be laying around
That sounds like my house We have a lot of teddies in the teddy hospital as they have no noses (Oscar loves a teddies nose )
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