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A bit of help with puppies!

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Baby Bordie, Aug 17, 2009.


  1. Baby Bordie

    Baby Bordie PetForums VIP

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    Hi all, Im sure you all know that im due to get a shetland sheepdog at christmas time, and just would like to ask a few questions, because the last time i onwed a pup, i didnt really look after it, was to young, so the rest of my family did the work! So here i go....

    1) When i get my pup, how long should i wait until i start walking it?
    2) How long should i wait until i start training it
    3) In your opinion, should i crate train him/her?
    4) How long should i wait until i start feeding him/her?

    Thanks, and any other helpful imformation would help!
     
  2. LostGirl

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    1) When i get my pup, how long should i wait until i start walking it? after jabs, but we carried zeb for after he had his first one up to school and back so he could see the world2)
    How long should i wait until i start training it. we started pretty much straight away even just sit e.t.c
    3) In your opinion, should i crate train him/her? i wish we did sometimes as zeb doesnt half get in the way at times and now with bear its double tripping over/following me around like a shadow
    4) How long should i wait until i start feeding him/her? we gave zeb a small meal when we got him just a few biscuits and then waited till he the next morning
     
  3. Baby Bordie

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    Thanks for all the help, would the dog be fine if i went to the park, and played fetch? Like at 10 weeks old?
     
  4. Baby Bordie

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    any one else?
     
  5. Jazzy

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    Only if it had had both jabs and usually 7 days after the last jab.:) You could play fetch in your garden though.:)

    Pups need 4 meals a day at 10 weeks old although at 12 weeks you could probably reduce this to three.:)

    I haven't crate trained our puppy but we have a baby gate between the living room and the kitchen so it's somewhere I can safely leave her if I had to. You could try crate training if you wanted to though there is no harm in it.:)

    Some breeders won't sell puppies at Christmas time because of the amount of people that buy a puppy for someone for Christmas and then throw it out at New year and also for the fact that Christmas is a bit noisy for puppies due to people having parties and relatives round so they hold off selling their puppies until new year so check this out if you are going to be getting a puppy close to Christmas.
     
  6. HighPr00

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    One week after their jabs are complete is the official line, I don't bother though, after their first jab they are out and about. Socialisation at a young age is very important.

    Teach the basics (essentials) asap, start with no, leave, come, sit, stay.

    Yes definately, crates are a godsend sometimes and make toilet training much quicker and easier in my experience.

    When he's hungry. :001_tt2:

    Whenever you want him to eat, get him into a routine as soon as possible.
     
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    Thanks for all the info, very helpful! :D I have heard about this Christmas thing, so it wont be any harm to get in january! :D

    Thanks for this info! Im not to sure if i will crate train my puppy, as we have a room especially designated for him/her! :D
     
  8. xxwelshcrazyxx

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    I bet you cant wait.
    As soon as you get your puppy home, dont be tempted to take it visiting all your mates etc, you need to get the puppy settled into your home and for it to get used to its surroundings and you.
    Phone your vet and book your puppy in for its first injections and worming and flea treatment.
    First injection done at 8 weeks, the again 10 weeks, then a week later you can take the puppy out and start socializing it. walks in the park to get used to other dogs and people.
    Get insurance,,,,,,,,VET BILLS ARE MASSIVE.
    A GOOD STRONG lead and collar with ID tag.
    Lots of newpaper for toilet training at home.
    Puppies feeding should be for yours 4 times a day.
    Water left down all day.
    when puppy wakes up form its sleep put it out into your garden and wait for it to pee/poo. PRAISE IT WHEN IT GOES. Do the same after each feed.
    Crateing is up to you. But start as soon as you get baby home, it will feel like it have a safe den to cuddle up into.
    I would get a stair gate to put on the stairs if you dont want it going upstairs.
    I always leave a radio on while I pop to the shops.
    Dont make too much of a fuss with the puppy when you go out.. just put puppy safely in a place where you want it to sleep or stay, keep water down and close the door and walk away, then when you come back home make a huge fuss over him/her. They will get to know you are always coming back home.

    If puppy howls in the night which it prob will, make sure it have been to toilet and had food and water, make sure its bed is ok, then put puppy in and walk away and leave it cry, puppies are like toddlers "they cry you come running" and that is the same as a puppyl. It have to know that crying wont bring you back but always always praise it in the morning. While it is crying in the room let it cry for about 15 mins and then go and check but dont let the pup see you. (spy on it). If you have made sure food pee poo and water then you know it is ok, so let it cry. eventually it will stop and go to sleep.
    Dont make a rod for your own back and give in and bring it up on your bed, you will never get out of that habit and that dog will be growing into a big dog soon, so will be still want it on your bed then loolol

    If you use Rawhide chews then keep an eye on them as they go soft and a puppy can choke on it. stock up on them and when they have gone all soggy and tatty throw it out and put a new one down.

    If it chews furniture, say "No" in a stern manner and take the pup away from that item. also,,,,,,, watch out for loose wires and cables keep them away safely, your pup WILL CHEW ON ANYTHING IT WANTS TO
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    GOOD LUCK WITH PUPPY AND HAVE FUN. XXXXXXXXXX
     
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    Hi all, Im sure you all know that im due to get a shetland sheepdog at christmas time, and just would like to ask a few questions, because the last time i onwed a pup, i didnt really look after it, was to young, so the rest of my family did the work! So here i go....

    1) When i get my pup, how long should i wait until i start walking it?

    You cant walk it or put it on the ground outside until after its 2nd jab. However you can carry the pup out with you, this is really good for socialising and will help your puppy adjust.


    2) How long should i wait until i start training it

    Training starts day 1. Housetraining, manners, routine, even lead training in the home.

    3) In your opinion, should i crate train him/her?

    Personally, yes initially, it certainly helps with housetraining, however crates need to be used with caution and shouldnt be abused.

    4) How long should i wait until i start feeding him/her?

    Stick to the breeders reccomendation and time scale for feedings the first couple of days, then slowly change to your routine. Remember pups need to be fed 3-4 times a day. You can start to switch onto your preferred food after 2 weeks - but do it gradually.

    Thanks, and any other helpful imformation would help!

    Get a longline lead for recall training. I saw you mention about fetch in the park - well you cant do that until the pup knows whenever you call it must return to you. Recall is one of the most important lessons your pup must learn. I dont know much about shelties so take the advice of the breeder as to how much excercise is suitable for your pup while its still growing.

    Other handy hints:

    Be consistant - is he or isnt he to be allowed on the sofa, what time are walks, what time are meals.

    Praise is a better training tool than scolding. You pup will respond better and learn faster to positive reinforcement than scolding when he does something wrong. When he does something right praise praise and praise again.
     
  10. Baby Bordie

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    Thanks, this is great imformation! I will put this all into action. Well we have a little room for the dog, with his bed and stuff.. Also in the door we will have a dog flap, so it can go outside into our SECURE garden whenever it wants, no is this a good idea, or not? Obviously we would lock it at night and only open it at certain times.... But is it a good idea or not, thanks!
     
  11. Bobbie

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    If you get her/him from a good breeder they will advise you on when and what to feed to begin with. I have owned 2 shelties in the passed so I know they are very quick to learn but first get the pup settled in to your home and then build up their confidence. In my opinion they learn as fast as any collie.
     
  12. Baby Bordie

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    Thanks for the great info, i Know all about the breed, but just wanted some 1st hand experiance! They are very active dogs, so will be walked about 3 times a day!
    :D Thanks again for the info.....
     
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  13. Excellent news

    Just check with the breeder what the appropriate levels of excercise are for pups when still growing. Some breeds are reccomended for limited excercise in the first 12 months while the skeleton is growing and developing. I dont know if shelties fall into this or not - but defo worth checking so you can avoid health trouble in the future xxx
     
  14. Baby Bordie

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    :D will do, and thanks again! Now i have the mission of finding a god breeder! :rolleyes:
     
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