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What do you wish someone would have told you about a new Puppy?

what advice would you give to a new puppy owner. What is the one thing that you wish you knew or would be helpful those 1st few months or year. I have read books and websites but any words of wisdom.  :)

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Comment by Harrison, Brodie & Kris on May 25, 2014 at 3:50pm

never expect anything but the unexpected... Also get ready for a huge commitment for many years of your life. Ensure you are ready to travel with your pup, or have a great place for them to go when you are away. Best thing we did was make sure that we had a ton of toys all shapes sizes, soft, hard, squeak , balls etc. We bought a lot of the stuffed ones at the thrift shop, they are a lot cheaper so the investment is not that much when the puppy chews them up. Keep a steady routine, feed, wait a few, potty. Praise praise praise, puppies need to know when they have done what you want them to do.  Best of all be prepared to love your new family member for a long time...

Comment by Paige and Leo on May 17, 2014 at 9:36pm

Great advice! Thank you so much! 

Comment by Lois - Izzi on May 17, 2014 at 8:23pm

ok, patience and love a given  ==   the puppy should come home with HARD bones to chew.  Then your patience will not be challenged as much.  The sense of humor is a must, because eventhough you are taking the puppy out every two hours the puppy is going to piddle on the nearest carpet.  So along with the must have bones to chew buy as large bottle of peroxide at a $1.20 instead of carpet cleaner at $5 to 10.00 SSS and you have a good shot at staying in love..  

As far as the nipping goes, that is a learned experience from his mom and litter mates.  I would simply use the word no... progressing to the snap of a finger to a tooth, then immediately playing with a rolling ball..  They should learn quickly IF your are consistent.   Decide what is going to be allowed and stick with it.  

The companionship within a few months will be worth all the training time you spend with the puppy.  Remember 'training' is fun with lots of rewards as he/she turns two.   

PS  NO wire leashes or ties.  Puppies run, fall and tumble. I used a cotton cloths line teaching the return/come when she would reach the end of the line.  Always with a small treat in hand.  Returning to me happily was my goal.   Start on day two.    lol  

Comment by Beverly and Eli on May 17, 2014 at 7:39am

And a sense of humor!

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on May 16, 2014 at 5:19pm

Paige, I think I said the same thing earlier lot's of patience and love.  Believe me they will make you fall in love with them immediately!  You really have to watch them because they try to eat everything. That's the one thing that always scared me.   The rest of it is basically the typical puppy stage, the nipping and stuff like that, but you just wait they will give you "The Look".  This is something they master immediately and it will melt you heart.   You'll know it when they do it.  LOL  But #1 as everyone has said "Love & Patience".    Has puppy been born yet?  See if the breeder will send you some puppy pictures.  Will you beable to go visit?  Are you close enough?  Keep us in the loop, we love going through the new puppy thing with out new members.  We are here to help.

Comment by Paige and Leo on May 16, 2014 at 9:34am

Good Advice!  Patience :)  We do have a trainer set up and also the same trainer has puppy classes.  I will need to get my camera ready for puppy pictures. 

Comment by gdoodlevt Brandi - Bea on May 16, 2014 at 8:32am

I was going to answer the same - patience.   Signing up for a puppy/obedience class helped us with communicating and being on the same page with Brandi.   Although Brandi is but 48lbs (at 14 months) she grew quickly in the beginning.  We were so concerned with her puppy behavior (biting mostly) that we wish we could go back and just cuddle with her.   The puppy behavior passes as quickly as she/he grows. 

Now she is harder to pick up - but so loving and loves to cuddle.   Reading is good and classes are great as goldendoodles are extremely smart.   But love your puppy - for indeed it is a small time that they stay that small.

Comment by Laurie, Nug & Puk on May 16, 2014 at 7:24am
I Agree with Jan. Patience and Love. It all goes by so fast enjoy every moment! Especially when they are little and you can pick them up.
Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on May 16, 2014 at 3:54am

Wow, that's a tough question!

Guess I did a lot of research, read a lot of forums and groups, and felt pretty ready for my first puppy (in a long while)...  Perhaps instead of answering what I wish I knew, I'll answer what piece of advice served us best - Patience and love (sounds so contrite, but it really does make for a great start in the long relationship we build with our pups ;)

Hope this helps, even if I dodged the question, lol ;)

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