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Need puppy advice...

We have just brought home the newest member of our family... a little guy named Rascal.

He's a mix between a Papillon and Bischon Friese. Creme with brown and super full of energy.

Any advice you may have about how to best help him settle in to his new home would be greatly appreciated!

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Crate training worked really well with Blue. He seemed a lot more comfortable knowing where his designated space was in the house. It also made potty training a lot easier.

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Consistency, dogs need to be on a schedule and everyday routine so they begin to figure out feeding time, potty time, and sleeping. Buy chew toys so he doesn’t attack the house.

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Be very carefully what toys you give it. fabric toys tend to teach dogs it's ok to chew on any fabric. Personally I stay away from them and still with nylabones. My dogs love them. I also stay away from pig ears. treats like this have sometime been known to give dogs the taste of blood, meaning, it could spark natural instincts of killing and could change the demeanor of your dog.

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Thanks for the advice.

We bought a crate as well and have started putting it to good use. He slept there last night, but had to be in our room because he seemed scared. As you can imagine, I am working on little sleep today!

I will have better pictures tomorrow, Lord willing, but here he is watching our little one leave for school... he wasn't quite sure why the little person left if she played with him so well. I think he'll get the hang of it soon.

Any good training programs out there? Suggestions appreciated!
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Be very carefully what toys you give it. fabric toys tend to teach dogs it's ok to chew on any fabric. Personally I stay away from them and still with nylabones. My dogs love them. I also stay away from pig ears. treats like this have sometime been known to give dogs the taste of blood, meaning, it could spark natural instincts of killing and could change the demeanor of your dog.
I like your input! Had not thought of those points, but they make sense!

Right now all he has is a small tennis ball... that should be ok, right?

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We took Blue to Sonya's Best Dogs. It was out in Oswego, and I'm not sure where you're located, but it was great! Small class, no bs. I liked her mode of training. There were no treats involved, she believed that dogs needed to behave because you told them to, not because they were being bribed.

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I would recommend 2 books, "How to House Break Your Dog in 7 Days" and the "Art of Raising Puppy"

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There were no treats involved, she believed that dogs needed to behave because you told them to, not because they were being bribed.

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I like your input! Had not thought of those points, but they make sense!

Right now all he has is a small tennis ball... that should be ok, right?

Thanks!
Sure, but I wouldn't leave him unattended with it. Those things can break off pieces that get lodged in his windpipe. Besides, there's nothing like seeing your pet go crazy when you take out a tennis ball and he knows it's time to play.

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My hound gets no treats.
+2 not for obedience. Pets and happy sounding "good dog" 's work just fine.

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Besides, there's nothing like seeing your pet go crazy when you take out a tennis ball and he knows it's time to play.
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He jumps back three feet when he sees me with a tennis ball.
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Thank you all for your advice.

Rascal is doing great. We had a full night of sleep and except for the fact that he is an early riser, he has won us all over!

Our little girl is completely loving the new "sibling" and Rob is actually coming around to being a dog person.

He and the little guy spent most of the day together yesterday and bonded. I guess posting on CLSB, playing XBox, and napping together will do it!!

Again, thanks for the advice and I'll have new pics soon.
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Yeah, don't leave peanut butter in the house when Rob's alone with Rascal.

I already put it away!

Actually, the little guy is doing quite well.
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Check out the books by "The Monks of New Skeet" Good balanced training technique not the new age fad of the month training you see Petco and places like that touting.
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best treat/teething treat...and its the cheapest form....

is ICECUBES....they look at them as a treat as a puppy...nice and cool on the mouth...when they go to the teething mode, it helps eleviate any pain they might have...believe it or not...it works...now my dog takes them when he is hot...or thinks its treat time for doing something really well...i dont have this crap treat shit in my house, cause u dont know who makes it mostly...and i dont want a fat dog...and its free cause its already in your freezer...just make sure you make them for thier size of mouth or larger so they dont choke on them...

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[QUOTE=EndlessRR;1144037]Yeah, don't leave peanut butter in the house when Rob's alone with Rascal.


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Get some books nd read a lot; whatever schedule or program you use, stick to it.
And do not make your puppy wait around all morning for you to take him to pee. The first few months suck, but get up early to let him out. It drives me nuts when people are like "well I sleep in until 9 and I hold my bladder so he has to learn to as well"
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Get some books nd read a lot; whatever schedule or program you use, stick to it.
And do not make your puppy wait around all morning for you to take him to pee. The first few months suck, but get up early to let him out. It drives me nuts when people are like "well I sleep in until 9 and I hold my bladder so he has to learn to as well"
And yet again... we agree. I have been getting up between 5 and 6 every morning to take him out. Today I took him twice and the last included a morning jog to work off some of his energy. I love the one on one time we get to spend and it might just help me back into my size 2 jeans! LOL


People that expect a pet to work around their schedule are just selfish. It's a big commitment and should not be taken lightly... Lord knows Rob and I spent the past 6 months researching breeds, needs, and finally making sure we could give him the love and attention he deserves.

Rob and I are even spending more time having conversations and not just "talking" because our late night walks are perfect for couple time.

What little ones are you working with in your neck of the woods?
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Yeah, don't leave peanut butter in the house when Rob's alone with Rascal.

mmm.... peanut butter

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It's a big commitment and should not be taken lightly...
I think that if you put in the effort when they are young, it pays off immensely when they are older. There is nothing better than having your well-behaved adult dog hang out with you on the beach and not get snippy at other dogs or run away or anything. Just nice and peaceful, like two buddies should be
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Crate training worked really well with Blue. He seemed a lot more comfortable knowing where his designated space was in the house. It also made potty training a lot easier.

Good luck and Congrats!

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Good job on getting a crate. It helps a ton with potty training, and it provides the dog with it's own personal space.

When I worked at Petland, people would always start arguements saying that crates were cruel. I'd just ask if the person had a bedroom in their house. I'd get a stupid look with an answer of 'of course!'. I'd ask why they have a bedroom and they'd say they use it to sleep, relax, and to get away from everyone for a while. So I ask why don't you give your dog a place where it can sleep, relax, get away from everyone, and feel comfortable?
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Good job on getting a crate. It helps a ton with potty training, and it provides the dog with it's own personal space.

When I worked at Petland, people would always start arguements saying that crates were cruel. I'd just ask if the person had a bedroom in their house. I'd get a stupid look with an answer of 'of course!'. I'd ask why they have a bedroom and they'd say they use it to sleep, relax, and to get away from everyone for a while. So I ask why don't you give your dog a place where it can sleep, relax, get away from everyone, and feel comfortable?

people need to understand that dogs are natural cave animals...they know its thier home...and they wont crap or pee where their home is at...specially if they have to be left with it...the 1st few months are gonna be a bitch...but with SOLID training...it should go quickly and easily...i got a 128lbs akita dog...and he learned pretty damn quick...he stopped chewing up stuff at about 3 months and has full roam of the house...i can even keep him locked up for up to 12 hours (only in an emergency, like when my dad had heart surgery) and he still wont make a mess in the house...greatest dog breed EVAR!!!!

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We took Blue to Sonya's Best Dogs. It was out in Oswego, and I'm not sure where you're located, but it was great! Small class, no bs. I liked her mode of training. There were no treats involved, she believed that dogs needed to behave because you told them to, not because they were being bribed.

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I actually disagree with this.

As far as potty training its simple any time you feed the dog right after he finish take him out to the bathroom that puts him into the habbit of taking care of his duty right after eating and then it will become second nature to him/her. wont have to worry about bathroom break that are all across the board

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Get that little guy out and exercise his butt off! He will need to burn the energy of sitting in the crate all day. Once he is a little tired, he will be easier to train. It's a lot of work. I am still working with my puppy (puggle) he has a lot of energy and will cause trouble if he doesn't run around for about an hour!

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Get some books nd read a lot; whatever schedule or program you use, stick to it.
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I agree! +1000 My puppy (10 months) sleeps in bed with us and when he jumps off the bed I know he has to go outside. He is not asking yet...but he will do his business and come back in the house and get back to sleep. I don't really mind waking up in the middle of the night because I using have to go as well (ok...TMI)

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