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Thinking of getting a dog/puppy ?? The realities.

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by RAINYBOW, Nov 25, 2010.


  1. Manalm2712

    Manalm2712 PetForums Newbie

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    Hey, all! I got a 2 months old Coton de tulear two weeks ago. I live in an upper portion and have no access to a garden yet and she's too young to be taken out for a walk. Everything else is perfect except for her house training! I've tried crate training, I've tried leash training, I've tried positive reinforcement, classical conditioning..nothing seems to work. She's just not relieving herself where she's supposed to. I take her to her litter box every ten minutes and she just stands there and then pees as soon as she's back in her crate. She would also pee anywhere else but the litter box. This can't be normal. She pees every 15 minutes and I'm so close to losing my sanity cleaning her mess all day. Please help!
     
  2. grace88

    grace88 PetForums Junior

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    adding my 2 pence worth...



    new puppy means - you will not sleep for the first 2 weeks. The crying/wee breaks in the middle of the night etc

    They will utterly steal your heart....

    They need tiny little walks 2/3 times a day when they have had their jabs

    They sleep A LOT but then awake a lot every hour or so too...you will be exhausted.

    Its worth it...when you look at the 6 month old puppy, lying at your feet, with the brilliant re-call, who just loves life - its worth every minute of hard work :)

    :D
     
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  3. Lisanot1

    Lisanot1 PetForums Junior

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    Fantastic thread!!
    I trained from day 1 took a week off work, walked 3 times a day now too and now have to get up at no later than 6am!
    I love her and my older girl but boy is it like having another child!
    Worthwhile definitely but be prepared xx
     
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  4. Abby Cox

    Abby Cox PetForums Member

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    Relatable!! OMYGOD :Jawdrop:Jawdrop our household's reality when we got a dog turned 360 degrees :Woot : first is his every day walk. during his early stay, my sister and I take turns on taking Logan (our dog) for a walk. we were really diligent during those times haha but now because the two of us are working already and we don't have much time and energy to walk Logan around, we just let him roam around in front of our house while either of us is looking after him :Smuggrin there are other things like taking him for a bath or letting him stay inside our room (we build a dog house for him because our sofa's a mess after all that biting his done) plus the barking ugh hahahaha but at the end of the day we didn't regret having him. He takes away our worries and stress from work.
     
  5. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Giving this a bump - useful reading for anyone thinking of getting a puppy - beforehand :)
     
  6. SweetJo

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    Thankfully I read every post of this thread before getting our puppy. 11 days in and he's hard work bur adorable. Nights are fine thankfully. Toilet training isn't too bad but I cherish the times when he is asleep!

    People also don't mention how much everything costs. Not just the cost of the actual puppy, but then the crates, beds, toys, vaccinations etc!
     
  7. Abby Cox

    Abby Cox PetForums Member

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    totally agree with this. their vaccinations plus their medicines if every they get sick are quite expensive.
     
  8. PGM

    PGM PetForums Newbie

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    It’s all too easy to get things wrong.

    Our first 2 dogs were rescues from the RSPCA. They ate our stairs, coats, carpets, duvets, mattresses - we knew nothing. Anxiety, biting strangers, running and running and running with no recall. We loved them, but my god!

    Our first puppy was a German Shepherd. I socialised the hell out of him and habituated him to everything until about 8 months when I rested on my laurels and assumed my job was done. Wrong.

    Our yellow lab was a diamond. We rescued him from people who seemed to hate him. He was the greediest dog alive, however, and nearly died when he inhaled a corn in the cob which blocked his intestine. Scary.

    Dogs are as much hard work as they are reward, but the rewards are worth it. I can’t wait for our next arrival!
     
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  9. Lunapup

    Lunapup PetForums Newbie

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    I have our first puppy arriving next week and, after reading this, I am terrified! As she will be 4 months old, I am hoping that she won't be that full on (I think this is wishful thinking!).

    I have 4 children with the youngest being just 2. "What have I done?", I keep asking myself. That said, we are so excited to be adding to our family and I know that after the initial hard work, the benefits and joy of my kids growing up with a dog will more than make up for the hard times.

    Someone mentioned the cost. On top of the usual start up costs of crates, toys etc, we've also had to fence our garden. We have a very big garden with just hedges along all sides so we've had to cut them back and run fencing all along! My poor husband does not know what has hit him! :)
     
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  10. Pardis

    Pardis PetForums Member

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    Only picked our pup up a few days ago and even though I grew up with dogs (never being the main carer, though) and did a lot of research before... it is even more exhausting than I thought. But he also makes me sooooo happy already :)

    Something I've noticed - BF and I seem
    to mainly be talking about our pup's bowel movements since getting him. Oh the romance lol
     
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  11. courtney77

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    old dogs r gr8 I got an old dog and he is so well behaved
     
  12. Blaise in Surrey

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    I’m on week 4 with my (now) five month old rescue puppy and I’m just beginning to think that my life might not be ruined :D

    And I’ve done this twice before (and twice with older rescues) so thought I knew what I was in for...... Oh, how we forget....
     
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  13. Handankle

    Handankle PetForums Newbie

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    Remember getting my pup a few years ago too soon after losing my last dog. He was definitely a welcomed distraction but I forgot what having a puppy was actually like compared to my older obedient dog. He was hard work to train and gave me some sleepless nights and some smelly surprises in the morning! Just remember that all puppies are different and are not a replacement for an old dog. They are hard work but definitely worth it.
     
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  14. DoggyWoofWoof

    DoggyWoofWoof PetForums Newbie

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    What are so best places to adopt? We went to Dog's Trust yesterday to look and fill out a form and will be doing the same with the RSPCA. Any other tips would be great :)
     
  15. Abby Cox

    Abby Cox PetForums Member

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    Exactly. They'll be a headache at first but you'll eventually get used to all their silly and warm gestures.
     
  16. Joedabest123

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    we got our pup at 6 weeks old too early i know he had not received the proper socialization at this age he was the bully of the litter always bit and bullied his litter mates even when i first put my hand to to him i received a little nip myself things where even worse when we got him home he was not interested in listening at all and thought he ran the place received many puncture marks and headbutts from him it took us a while to bond to be honest he was a devil in disguise it took loads of patience and positive reinforcement to get him to calm down and also to learn him to walk nicely on a leash first thing he would do was bolt off whenever we let him off the lead, i couldn't tell you how many trainers he had ruined and pieces furniture etc 2 and half years down the line he is an amazing dog and so well mannered it just takes a lot of patience and positive reinforcement to grow them into what you want them to be just doesn't happen overnight
     
  17. ChiweenieMummy

    ChiweenieMummy PetForums Newbie

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    Oh my goodness I wish I had read this thread before we got Darby. I'm getting used to the 5am wake up call (he sleeps through until then so I shouldn't complain) and the smell of the spray we bought for accidents is slowly leaving our house. Any one else have tiny pulls in all their clothes from tiny puppy claws?
    One amazing thing that has come out of having our pup is me and my partner becoming a lot closer. We're a real team now (mainly because at times it has felt like us vs puppy). We take turns doing the 6am walk and picking up poop without any "it's your turn" arguments.
    I wouldn't change a thing (except maybe a lie in at weekends).
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  18. 24Rachy

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    I have just become a first time puppy mummy & boy it is harder than I thought. I always laughed at people that said “having a puppy is like having a baby” in fact...it’s worse! You can’t put a nappy on a baby....stick it in a cot while you have a quick shower/bath. Everything really so far has been great, except the nipping/biting. I know it’s generally their way of playing or because they are in discomfort from there teeth but Millie gives my family and me some serious bites. I’ve tried the shouting out, offering a toy and standing and turning away. She just nips at our ankles. My children are nervous around her. I’m constantly trying to reassure them that it is just a phase and she will grow out of it. Does anyone have any other tactics to help prevent/reduce the biting?
    Thanks
     
  19. ErsatzNihilist

    ErsatzNihilist PetForums Member

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    I think I’d probably highlight the need for eternal vigilance. And I’m not talking about looking over to make sure everything’s okay every 5 minutes - I’m talking proper Homeland Security observation.

    Edgar is pretty good with toilet training - as good as I can expect a 13.5 week old to be. I’d say that 90% of puppy by-product is deposited in the garden or out on walks. Maybe 95%. A lot of the time he’ll head to the back door when he wants out too.

    This morning I got complacent, and took my eyes off him long enough to put some cereal and milk in a bowl and there, waiting for me in the short hallway connecting me to the dining room was a giant poo.

    So yeah. If you’re not Batman, or you don’t have a team of 30-odd special agents working for you, there’s going to be poop in the wrong place.
     
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  20. Sandor Fagyal

    Sandor Fagyal PetForums Newbie

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    I can totally relate to this topic.

    Recently, I published an article based on a true story about how a first time dog owner made the craziest mistake no one could foresee. Then, the more I read about first time dog owner mistakes, I realized she is not alone.

    I want to share my post here as it is very relevant and goes even before caring for your puppy.

    blog.wuuff.dog/the-craziest-mistake-a-new-puppy-owner-can-make/
     
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