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New puppy hopefully coming soon

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Colliefan, Mar 25, 2011.


  1. Colliefan

    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Hi everyone

    Just coming along to the dog part of the forum (i have a BS cat) so i am normally reading through the cat section :)

    Anyway i am coming over here because we are (fingers crossed) getting a new and first puppy in June. We have done a lot of research on what type of dog we would like, and it was a hard decision as we love most types of dog breeds :) but we finally decided on a rough collie.

    The reason we chose the rough collie was not only because of the research we had done, but when i went to a rough collie show and met them and got to spend time with them, for some strange reason i just felt this connection. It was very strange, i just felt really comfortable around them and they just won me over. Luckily enough after all the research we have done and shows we have attended we are truly in love.

    We have found a wonderful breeder that we are really happy about, we have went and played with all of her dogs, (they have four beautiful females) they range from the age of three (i think it was three) to 13 years old.

    You could see how much the owners loved their dogs and they were truly a part of the family. The nature of them was great they were really friendly and very well behaved with my children (and the children with them :))

    The bitch is health tested and so is the dog (the dog is a stud who i have been given the information on, but have not met) the puppies will be KC registered and the next time i visit the breeder she said she will sit me down and explain all the health tests they have had, and also what they mean etc (i have also seen the tests on KC website, but it is nice to have everything fully explained)

    Anyway sorry i am woffling on. The bitch is pregnant and had a scan and she is showing 6 puppies, and she is due on 18 April.

    I am so exited and just want to read all the information i can on feeding, health, training etc.

    I am really looking forward to teaching, socialising and just loving our new baby when he / she comes home. I even cant wait for all that rough collie hair lol. We went to crufts and helped a breeder with their six rough collies and I found the brushing of the dogs hair very relaxing, so I am looking forward to that as well.
    Training wise I am going to train with clicker / treat so I am keen to read up on peoples experience with clicker training. For food I think I have decided to feed CSJ, but I am still currently researching the different foods (the breeder uses CSJ)
    I have bought a dog clicker training book and a rough collie book, would like to buy some more training books.
    Sorry long post, and hi everyone I look forward to chatting to dog fans and reading all your posts :)
     
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  2. Twiggy

    Twiggy PetForums VIP

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    How exciting. You must post some photos once you get the pup.
    Please to hear you'll be using a clicker for training.
     
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    First off, congratulations on getting a puppy :D a lot of work but very worth it once you see the results!!! I feed my dog CSJ it works very well for me i am hopefully getting a pup later this year and he will also be put on CSJ. Don't let the price fool you, it really is a good food Tummels coat, stools and teeth are really healthy!!! He's also very happy to eat it which was a problem but he's been on CSJ since November and loves it!!!

    I can't imagine how excited you are....the breeder i've gone with for my pup(rhodesian ridgeback)'s bitch isn't even in season yet and i'm dying of excitment!!!
     
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    Congratulations on finding a breeder you are happy with and doing all your research.
    Some books I have enjoyed and found helpful are
    Gwen Bailey - Perfect Puppy, all puppy buyers should have this
    Jean Donaldson - The culture clash . Gives great insight into dog behaviour
    and if its a bitch you are getting The Book of The Bitch is essential for first season/anatomy questions as well as being a very good read.

    I could go on but these are definitely my three faves.
     
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    Beautiful, lovely dogs, enjoy!
    My dogs are both short-haired, and I love brushing - so do they, they compete for it :)
     
  6. Colliefan

    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Yep i am so exited, i cant wait. I also cant wait to post loads of pictures :D
     
  7. Colliefan

    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for the information on CSJ, it does seem a really good food and the price is fantastic. I am also considering changing my cat slowly over to CSJ, but need to look into that a little bit more as i have only read up on the dog food.

    Aww a rhodesian ridgeback, what a beautiful stunning dog. I adore their colouring, oooh bet you cant wait to get told she has been mated. I was so exitited when i found out Misty (bitch) was pregnant, and was told i can partly uncross my fingers (as you never know) ooooh i cant wait.
     
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    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks :) the breeders are so nice and they only live about 10 mins away from myself and they also sent my daughter a home made card for her passing her 11+ which i thought was really thoughtful.

    Thank you so much for the book recommendations, i was really keen to get some opinions on which books to buy. I will be getting them today i think, it will help me pass the time whilst waiting :) we have already bought some bits for the puppy lol.

    The book of the bitch sounds really good, i think we will buy that if we get a bitch.
     
  9. Colliefan

    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you, they are such stunning gentle dogs, and yes there is just something so relaxing about brushing. When we went to crufts to help with the six dogs, we were filmed by More four when the owner was brushing the dog lol. I am sitting next to him grinning away, and you could see us right at the start of the show :eek: lol
     
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    Aww bet you will be beside yourself with excitement until puppy is home now! Do you want a dog or a bitch?

    Personally I would not feed CSJ. Can't access their site right now off my phone but the food is cheap because it has fillers like cereals in the food. Sure its not as bad as pedigree or bakers but I wouldn't feed it. I think on some feeds wheat is like the second listed ingredient meaning it is the second highest ingredient in the food and wheat is a known allergen to dogs, I'd at least want to feed a food with as little of it in as possible. In some I think it goes wheat, meat meal, maize so it's a huge amount of cereal to be giving a dog really...some dogs look amazing on Bakers but doesn't mean it's necessarily a great food :)

    I do prefer cereal free and hypoallergenic feeds but don't mind the rice as it can be tolerated well by most dogs. Fish4Dogs, Orijen, Taste of the Wild, Acana, James Wellbeloved, Burns are decent enough. Arden Grange (excluding their sensitive one which is cereal free) has some maize in which is I think a cereal but is hypoallergenic then you have Wainwrights from Pets At Home too and all the wet foods. All are quite a lot better than CSJ IMO. There is always the raw diet too if you felt like it! :)
     
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    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Yes i just can’t believe we are getting a puppy, still feels unreal :) i think we would like a bitch, but i am not 100 % sure yet. We have said that when we visit the pups at four weeks we are hoping a puppy will pick us (if that makes sense?)

    Thanks for the information on food; it does seem a bit of a mind field. Still lots of research to do before we make the decision, i have read a bit on Arden Grange and i do like the sound of that. I will need lots more reading before I decide. The breeder will give us six weeks of CSJ, so if I do decide to change (still not sure yet?) I will slowly introduce the new food.
     
  12. GoldenShadow

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    I have no patience I'm ao glad I'm not you right now lol..! My dog was way too busy playing kill my siblings to pick me haha hopefully you will have better luck than that :)

    See how your pup goes you might decide you don't want to change til older or you may want to do it sooner or not at all etc. You don't want to change til they are all settled in anyway. Lots I'm here feed dry and wet foods, some just dry, some just wet and some raw so always people able to recommend foods if you need any help :)
     
  13. Colliefan

    Colliefan PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks i am really pleased that i can read up on everything, i will also speak with the breeder about food.

    I am so exited aswell to see what colour dog we end up with, as the puppies are going to be blue merle and tri colour.

    ahhh cant wait and it makes it more exiting talking to like minded people about it. I will ask the breeder if i can post a picture of the bitch and you can all see how beautiful she is :001_wub:
     
  14. GoldenShadow

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    Oooh wow those colours sound lovely :thumbup:

    I guess it will be about mid June time you pick her (or him, never know! :D) up, will be nice having all summer to do toilet training you went get cold stood outside for ages wishing them to go. Keep us updated on how you get on with everything will keep an eye out for a Mum photo :)
     
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