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I'm getting my first puppy! Advice please.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by maltesemoo, May 3, 2011.


  1. maltesemoo

    maltesemoo PetForums Junior

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    After years of wanting a puppy of my own I've decided I'm in a stable enough situation to have the time for one.
    I had a few rules and finally, after months of searching, came to the conclusion of getting a Maltese.

    It is, however, my first time owning a puppy so I'd like to ask for some advice about the breed and generally.

    1. How much are they priced (UK) on average as I've seen anything from £100-£1,500
    2. How easy is it to keep their hair in the "puppy cut"? Do you regularly trim it yourself?
    3. When you first bring a puppy home what should you do/ensure you have?
    4. Is it okay to leave puppy (when he/she's older) in a large wired cage for 4 hours whilst I'm at work in the morning? Obviously with food/water etc. Or would it be kinder to leave him/her in the kitchen with the doors shut? Again with food and water etc.
    5. I own guinea pigs so is it a huge problem to have the dog go to the bathroom in the garden, even if it's cleaned up?
    6. Do you find Maltese dogs bark a lot?
    7. Any other information/tips?

    Thank you in advance :)
     
  2. maltesemoo

    maltesemoo PetForums Junior

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    Also what were your experiences with bringing a pup home for the first time? Did they cry during the night?
     
  3. ballybee

    ballybee PetForums VIP

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    I can't answer all of them as i don't have a maltese but some of the questions are pretty generic for pups of all breeds.

    My puppy shopping list is
    collar and lead(with name tag)
    food and water bowl
    Toys(not too many)
    a puppy kong
    Food and some puppy treats(good ones)
    puppy training pads
    a bed(i have a crate with a bed inside)

    Once you have your puppy take them out every 30 mins for the toilet, before and after eating/playing/training and you can gradually expand this. Leave puppy to settle for a week or so before starting proper training ie - sit. Make sure you are booked in for vaccinations/worming and have a good idea of a few different walks suitable for your pup and a list of things to socialise them to.

    If you're confident your pup won't wreck the kitchen then yes, leave them with the crate open and food/water available. Also have a puppy pad by the door just in case. This could be where the kong comes in handy as you could fill and freeze it so pup has something to do while you're out.

    my pup was 11 weeks old when we brought him home and was silent during the night(apart from when he had to go to the loo). He was very curious and spent plenty of time looking around and playing with us.

    Enjoy your puppy, he'll give you the run around for months, then just when you think you've got some control his hormones will kick in and you'll be back to square one :D:D:D Don't worry though, you'll have all of us sympathisers here on PF to moan to :eek:
     
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    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    I don't know anything about Malteses but I can answer the general puppy questions...

     
  5. maltesemoo

    maltesemoo PetForums Junior

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    Thank you for the replies, I'm currently writing up a budget as I'm paying for him/her myself (sense of achievement or terribly stupid idea, I'm not sure yet;))

    My sister's actually a vet nurse so she's lectured me quite a few times about the vaccinations etc, she's more than happy to register the pup under her name so that she can keep an eye on his/her progress at work etc.

    Very exciting for me as I've wanted a puppy since I was about 12 and started helping out at a local kennel to show a commitment to my parents. Now some 8 years later I'm finally ready for one :)

    This may sound absolutely ridiculous to those who have owned dogs for a while but at night when the pup it kept downstairs, is it okay to put them in their crate with the door shut and just with toilet pads, or will I need to take him/her out every so often again?
     
  6. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    You'll need to take the puppy out a few times during the night for a little while until it can hold it's bladder.

    I used puppy pads but if I did it over again, I wouldn't. They make toilet training so much harder and slower. It's best to just go straight to the garden.
     
  7. maltesemoo

    maltesemoo PetForums Junior

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    Does anyone have a Chihuahua?
     
  8. Ducky

    Ducky PetForums VIP

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    with regards to the price of the pup itself, i believe they are one of the more expensive breeds. i wouldnt expect to pay less than £800 i think. and most likely a bit more! do your research into breeders.

    i dont know much about the dogs themselves though.
     
  9. Mumbles

    Mumbles PetForums Senior

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    As others have said, bed, crate, food/water bowl, toys, lead, collar, name tag.

    My little one was absolutely fine coming home in car and stumbling around at home the first week. We never used training paids just ensured we kept an eye on him and every time he looked like he may be interested in going to the toilet we would say 'do you want out' and take him outside, he usually followed us so now he knows it i say do you want out i am asking re toilet.
    He did whine the first week at night, mostly to go toilet but one night he just wouldn't stop so we ended up bring the crate upstairs so that he knew this was his bed but he was able to be near us, only had to do that the once he was then fine after that.

    The initial paying for dog and bits etc is the expensive bit (unless of course you have to pay a lot of vet fees) but once the initial was done i.e first lot of checks etc food/toys bed etc and paying for him i don't find Toodles too expensive at all, just monthly food and insurance then anything i want to spend on him for treats etc.
     
  10. maltesemoo

    maltesemoo PetForums Junior

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    The only problem I'm now having is that I can't find any Maltese that's near to me (Oxford) literally can't find any within a 20 mile radius :(
     
  11. Ducky

    Ducky PetForums VIP

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    i dont think its a breed you will find easily. you will need to travel and most likely be on a waiting list for a good pup.
     
  12. Honey Bee

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    Hi, I've been a member of the Maltese Club for over twenty years now, although I don't have Maltese at present, so I hope I can help with some of your breed specific questions.

    Maltese are lovely companion dogs. They tend to crave human company and love to sit with you and be near you. They are sweet natured but can also be quite protective and can become very attached to their owners. Mine would bark when someone knocked at the door but otherwise they were quiet. They can be trained and are very intelligent.

    As already said I would now expect to pay anything upwards of £800.00. It will be considerably more if you want a show quality dog. I would look at the Maltese Club website and contact members of the club to enquire about puppies. We travelled over 200 miles for 2 of ours so you may need to go further afield to get what would suit you. All the members of the Maltese Club will abide by the Code of Ethics set out by the Club. They will provided you with more detailed information and usually a puppy pack.

    I showed all four of my Maltese so had their hair long. When they retired I trimmed them myself with clippers to around 1 inch all over except their ears and tails. After about 6 months I let their hair grow again and eventually had all four in longer coats again to just below their elbows, even in their twilight years. They require gentle daily grooming and attention to any staining around their eyes and their teeth cleaned daily. They are known to suffer from dental problems so teeth cleaning is a must. To groom them I used a soft pure bristle brush and combs of various widths. I would never use a pin brush as this is too harsh for their coats. Their hair is very fine and they only have one coat with no undercoat. It is very similar to human hair, so we used baby shampoo and a good conditioner, which is essential. When showing they were bathed weekly, otherwise when needed. Some tend to get dirtier than others! I would be prepared to spend some time each day grooming as this cannot be rushed. They hated having their coats pulled at all. If you groom regularly it will actually take less time overall than if you only do it every few days, as there will be less knots to deal with. The hair between their pads needs to be carefully trimmed to avoid them slipping and their nails will need regular trimming as well.

    I tended not to put mine in any kind of cage as this can damage their coats and knot them more if they rub themselves, except for when travelling when they were in airline quality plastic pet carriers. Keeping your Maltese in the kitchen with a decent warm bed is a better idea. Mine refused to play with toys but did have soft toys to cuddle up to. Make sure they are pet quality toys that are suitable for puppies.

    I trained mine to go on newspaper indoors when they were older for when it was very cold, again because of the single coat and I was concerned they would get chilled but they went in the garden when the weather was ok. They can get cold very quickly so I had two coats for each, an undercoat and a quilted outer coat. Carefully attention needs to be paid to their grooming when wearing a coat, as this can knot the fur particularly around their front legs and chest. They may appear delicate but they are robust dogs and enjoy a good walk, although I tended to avoid mud when possible!

    Mine sometimes suffered from upset tummies so finding a good diet that suits them and keeping to it is essential. I tended not to feed too many treats or any human leftovers for this reason. They are generally long lived. I lost mine at over 18, 2 at fifteen and at the other at 11 but she wasn't well.

    Having said all this I hope I haven't put you off! They are the most wonderful dogs with brilliant temperaments and are generally great characters. I would definitely have another one.

    I would also suggest that you go along to the Maltese Fun Day at Baginton Village Hall near Coventry in mid July as many of the breeders and committee members will be there and will be happy to help you. They are a friendly bunch. Again the details are on the website.

    I hope all goes well for you and if I can help further please let me know.
     
  13. Leah84

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    don`t really know anything about the breed but noticed you said your sister would register him/her under her name at the vets - as innocent an possibly helpful as it may seem i`d advise against it. i`ve heard of a few disputes over dog ownership in the past and a lot of the time they take the owner as being the person registered as responsible for them at the vets. not saying it would come to that but it`s summit i`d defo never risk
     
  14. Buttons mum

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    I have a Maltese puppy, he's 10 months old now. He didn't cry at all at night unless he needed the toilet. Alot of people say they are hard to toilet train, but gizmo was really easy to train.

    To keep him in the puppy cut I take him to the groomers every 6-8 weeks, costs £30, but that's my choice as I wouldn't cut it myself, poor wee thing would end up bald!

    He sleeps in a plastic airline crate, he's in my bedroom but again that's coz of me worrying about him, when's he stays at my parents he's fine downstairs by himself.

    Yes he can be yappy, not in the house, but when were out walking. He used to bark at everything outside but with training it's getting better and he only barks at dogs now, but it's getting better now.

    I had a problem finding a breeder as well, I ended up contacting Maltese owners through champ dogs and found a fantastic breeder that didn't charge me a fortune and really loved and looked after her puppies.

    Hope I haven't put you off, coz I love him to bits.
     
  15. cinnamontoast

    cinnamontoast Sois pas chiant, chéri.

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    20 miles? Crikey, I drove four hours for my first puppies! get on Champdogs and be prepared to wait for that breed. Chis are very different to a Maltese. The first thing to do is to research for hours and hours and decide what breed you really want.

    (And the second most important thing is to research food-tons of good advice on the health section;))
     
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