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I have a 8 week old Goldendoodle called "Millie".  I took her to the vets yesterday for her first inoculaton.  I was discussing a few matters with my Vet - the most important being how much exercise she should have as puppy. (I believe G.D's can get hip dyplasia)  I read that you should not exercise a G.D. too much as there bones are soft etc etc.  My Vet said to me that that was not the case and exercise was good for them as the more exercise they took the better for their bones as it built up muscle around the bones and helped to protect the bones.  My Vet is very knowlegeable and I trust him completely.  Other Vets might have other views - I dont know.  I certainly will try not to let her jump too much as I read on the blog about another G.D. that suffered a bad injury from jumping.  

While I will trust completely what my Vet said - each individual should check with their own vet for their views.

Millie cannot go out into the "Big World" until she is 12 weeks old - cannot wait to take her nice walkies.  She has been so easy (so far) to train - she sits and gives a paw - next will be lead training in the garden.  She sleeps in a crate at night (in our bedroom) and now does not cry to get out to the toilet during the night.  She has been awake and ready for a "carry on"  at 5.00 a.m. every morning since I brought her home - this morning she woke at 6.00 a.m. -  yipeeeeee a long lie for me!!!!!!!

Hope I have not bored anyone with this.

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Comment by Christine Murray on July 28, 2011 at 8:14am
Carol - my Doodle will be nearly five months old.  When we first got her she did jump up at us and was biting - really it was her claws what were worse - we had scratches all over our legs.   She does not do that any more.  She is a menace though but suppose all pups go through stages.   She gets too excited when she meets people or people come to my house but I just put her on her leash for a while and eventually she calms down.  She loves children but does try to jump up at them.  Hoping that all these things will get better once she is a bit older.  I agree with you that puppies are very entertaining - she makes us laugh a lot.
Comment by Carol A. Cook on July 28, 2011 at 7:23am
Just noticed you are in the UK; so much for being sisters.  :) But, it is fun to share their progress!  I'm in Pennsylvania-USA.
Comment by Carol A. Cook on July 28, 2011 at 7:22am
Molly is good about going outside to do her business; but if we miss her cues, she'll find a place to relieve herself.  I think she thinks the dining room is her place since we hardly go in there.  :(  So, I keep a lead on her all day; even when she wanders, so that I can catch her easily when she gets into her "puppy devil" stage.  We find that our most devilish stage is at night....then she collapses to go to sleep.
Comment by Carol A. Cook on July 28, 2011 at 7:20am
Actually; I'm right with you!  Molly is my sixth dog (as an adult).  I've had dogs all my life and puppies can be a handful, but they are also so entertaining!  Molly is 10 weeks old and not ready for the outside world yet either.  She gets up anywhere between 4:30 and 6:30 am.  I find that if she sleeps alot during the day I can count on her getting up early the next day.  As far as jumping; I think the Vet probably means keeping them from jumping down stairs; furniture, etc.  Molly just learned how to come down the stairs by herself; a great feat since we have a large winding staircase. She tries to jump from the second step but I keep her on a lead and pull her back when she tries to jump.  She also tries to jump off our lap; I hold onto her and put her down.  Shes a little imp; but we love her.  Lots to do for training. She comes and sits (I give her a treat then).  Nipping is always a challenge; we can keep up with our progress!  Where did you get your doodle?  Maybe they are sisters!
Comment by Lois - Izzi on June 5, 2011 at 7:29pm

bored??????????   not at all   we love individual stories 

in purchasing two 12 week old puppies at the same time... neither cried in the night... on the other hand neither one thinks I'm speaking directly to them about any particular correction..     

Comment by Bruce Anderson and Ginger on May 8, 2011 at 9:56pm

Ginger is 3 now, and way past her puppy stage, so this might not be relevant.  But when she runs with her Sheepdog friends, she RUNS 90 miles an hour.  Then, when it's too much, she just plops down and rests for awhile.  So do the Sheepdogs.

My point is the same as has already been said....forced marches BAD.  Play all you want GOOD.  They know when to stop.  Don't worry...let them be dogs...

Comment by Christine Murray on May 6, 2011 at 4:09pm
Iain, Lily and Nessy - thanks very much, will look at that now
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 6, 2011 at 3:37pm
Comment by Christine Murray on May 6, 2011 at 1:42pm
Mark and Grace - thanks so much for the red ribbon
Comment by Christine Murray on May 6, 2011 at 12:36pm
LINDA - poor you having to lift 60 lbs into the car!!!!  What a lovely dog Charlie is.

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