- So I've bought a puppy….
Had the idea of getting one sometime in the future but wanted to make sure we are prepared well in advance done all the research etc… but then I got convinced to go have a look at this little chap and now he is mine.
He will be coming home in a few days, vet stuff arranged and getting home his crate,bowls tag etc.
Any tips or anything I have probably forgotten I need?
I already know that I will be doing all the walking once the kids are bored and the missus doesn’t want to go out when it is winter again.Posted 3 years ago
He’s a collie
There were 2 to choose from, I really liked his bigger brother as he was a bit more live but he was a bit full on with the kids all and wouldn’t calm down and this little fella was a lot calmer and controlled so was the sensible option I hope. He’s still a collie puppy so he’s going to be nuts whatever happens.
Oldnpastit- i’ve got loads of spare shoes and my car interior can’t get much worse so that’s a start.Posted 3 years agowrightysonMember
Insurance as above. Mine broke a toe at 9 months old and after 6 weeks of **** around still had it removed. 2k later I was very glad of the insurance. Be ready to be knocked down the household importance order another spot. Dog quite often makes top spot in our house to be fair. Make sure you pick an appropriate name as you will have to tell people it and also shout it in public.Posted 3 years ago
Dog Vader says hi btw…
As above. My border collie was brilliantly nuts. So smart (a little too smart) and full of energy.Posted 3 years ago
How about getting signed up for agility training. I have taken my border and rough collies to it from around a year old and they loved it and so did I. You and the dog get to run around a lot, they get to socialise with other dogs and they get super obedient, so you can be the really smug owner in the park.
The reason it’s worth thinking about now is, in my experience, there is generally a 6-9 months waiting list and some will have a programme for younger dogs where they learn some of the basics before the step up to the main class.HandsomedogMember
He is super cute.
Make sure you make good progress on the crate training early – sister in law didn’t bother with hers and she now has a dog with serious attachment problems. We started straight away and our two go into their crates on command and just settle down until we let them out. The big lad goes in their to get some rest from the little one on occasion!
To train the crate we were recommended to stuff hollow bones with wet dog food (or soaked dry if you’re feeding dry) and freeze them; they get them only when they go in the crate as a special treat. Keeps our two going for hours and they barely notice that they’re in their crates or that you’ve gone out.Posted 3 years agofranksinatraMember
Cracking mutt, well done!
We got our pup about 5 weeks ago so this is what I have learnt (obviously every dog is different)
– Name, get it right as everyone has an opinion.
– Buy more poo backs than you think you would use in a lifetime, they will be gone within a couple of weeks!
– Try and encourage it to fetch a ball. It will be a few weeks before you can get it vacinated and out walking, the dogs will have bags of energy and there are not too many ways to use up this energy in the garden, hence fetch being good.
– Crate training is well worth it, read up on it and persevere if necessary
– Get it used to the car. Our dog has a crate at home and one in the car, loves both of them and is quite happy in the car for extended periods, either on a journey or if left alone.
– Most puppy books same the same things about training. Pretty simple stuff, reward based training, put time aside for this
– Petplan insurance seems to be the go to provider, recommended by my friend who is a vet and says they reliably pay out. Get lifetime cover and just tick it off as once of those expenses that you have little choice over (like car insurance)
– If you think you garden is secure, then you are wrong. Keep a close eye on the pup until they have exposed all points of weakness
– 8-14 weeks is generally accepted as being really important times for socialising and normalising for pups. Collies are known to be a bit neurotic sometimes so it is doubly important for you to expose him to as much as you can during this time. Our dog has come everywhere with us from Day 1. A bit difficult when she was not vaccinated but, I think, well worth it for her experience.
Most of all though, ignore me and work it out for yourself once you get to know the pup. Like having kids, you are surrounded by experts but you know best as he is your dog.
Have fun! Dogs are awesome and already I can’t imaging being without ours. I like her more than I like my kids.Posted 3 years agosurroundedbyhillsSubscriber
Defo set aside the time for recall and response training – reward based, natch.
Resist the initial whining it does eventually stop.
If he turns out to be a “jumper” then arm visitors with water pistols to deter the behaviour.
Crates are good and they get quite comfy in the end.
Good luck with the energy levels and the puppy poo.
Train it to dump in the long grass if you can.
EDIT – more pics please…Posted 3 years agosandwicheaterSubscriber
Puppies!!!! Can we start the day with a puppy thread every week? Please mods, pppplllleeeeaaaassseeee!! Just post a puppy to a different user every day and await the post, win.
They grow up so fast.Posted 3 years agoGolfChickMember
I would second what people say about crate training, it does help dogs learn that being alone is okay and waking up alone is okay. Every time Ziva fell asleep on us we would go and put her in her crate so she would wake up and be settled there.
I would say for me though, lead training was massively important and extremely time consuming. My first dog was a boxer and although I loved her to bits she would pull the entire way on a lead so it was a huge priority for me because it meant that at times like town trips etc I wouldn’t take her because it was just unrealistic to manage. At on average 38kg with Ziva it was important that this was done better and although it took months of really slow walks with stops every few meters she now walks both impeccably for me and for family etc. I can easily eat a bag of chips while balancing a can and still hold ziva because she walks beautiful at my side without instruction. If she starts to get cheeky and rush me because she thinks its dinner time (which clearly is anytime when I walk towards home) I only need to stop slightly and she will leap back to my side like her life depends upon it because she knows that unless she is there with eye contact that I wont budge and her dinner is clearly the most urgent thing ever!Posted 3 years ago
Awesome pictures guys. Some great tips too, thanks.
Looking to set up insurancewith petplan as there is vets on our street and they have said they are the one they deal with the most.
Already got a crate ready for him, so will try and make sure that is used from day one. I think the name has been decided as Indy.Posted 3 years ago
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