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Old 11-10-2015, 12:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Puppies can be crazy! I have a friend that has a baby less than 1 that is a handful and is actively searching for a German Shepard puppy. I've been trying to talk her out of it.
Ah - the craving for the oxytocin burst of a baby while not yet ready for another child! Try pointing out to her that her one year old will be happily crawling through pee puddles and worse while she struggles to housetrain the puppy (ever tried getting a toddler ready to go out in the less than 5 seconds window of opportunity before the puppy runs out of control?), and competing with the puppy for food and water bowl. Free feeding takes on a whole new meaning with a crawling baby...
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This is an excellent point.

I'm already getting "my puppies were perfect" memories, when really Jasper was a nasty little ankle-biting monster and Piper is only just now becoming reliably housebroken.

It's human nature to focus on the good memories, so it's no surprise that when we are thinking of getting a new puppy (or thinking about our dogs as puppies) that we remember the positives rather than the negatives. Those selective memories are great for our mental health, I'm sure, but can obviously result in a too-rosey picture of those first few months with a new pup.
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Oh, they can be trying at times for sure. But I guess I'm so enthralled with dogs and puppies that I just sort of take things in stride pretty well. I've raised a lot of puppies, trained a lot of dogs and horses too. I'm just fascinated with them and crazy about them. So, it's not that big a deal to me.

It was a little more work raising two puppies but again, not that big a deal. I often wonder what everyone is talking about...all these problems raising two puppies and how they're going to be all screwed up. A few things took a little longer for them to achieve in the way of training but they all get there eventually. I can't see doing it if I were working or if I had a lot of little children to raise at the same time. But the way it's been, it's been worth the extra work. They've turned into lovely, well mannered, happy, affectionate and outgoing young adults. There were a couple times where I had a fleeting thought, but I was even joking actually to myself, "OMG...what have I done?" But then I'd laugh at the toilet paper strewn all over the floor or the slipper that was all soggy wet. I often just grabbed my camera. You have to have a sense of humor and let some of the annoyances go with animals or you'd go crazy with worry. Things usually seem to right themselves in time. I think people often take it all too seriously and forget to enjoy their puppies.




I believe that if I make the commitment after much thought to get a puppy or two puppies in this case, then by golly I'm going to do my duty to raise them right. I am not the type to throw my hands up or send a puppy back when the going gets rough. And it has always paid off.

If someone has real trouble, then be prepared to pay for professional help. That's some money that should be set aside. I wish too, that people would study up on puppy raising before they get their puppy so maybe they wouldn't be so shocked.
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the myth of the Perfect Puppy: the one who sleeps happily in a crate all night from the start, is housetrained in a week of easy lessons, never chews anything except puppy toys, loves everyone, plays nicely with the cat and the children, trots beside you on a lead after just a couple of lessons...

Were there times you thought "OMG, what have I done?!" And what helped you make it through?
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I have mentioned this before, but as a poodle rescuer, having a foster dog come into our home is LIKE having a puppy. Nearly every time a needy foster dog arrives, I think 'what have I done? Can I rehabilitate this dog?" I have no idea what the personality is going to be. Will he/she play? Is he/she aggressive, especially on groom table? How much effort is it going to be to potty train this dog? Is he/she going to eat? Kennel training, here we go again! Sleepless nights (just a few), spay/neuter surgery risks, compatibility to our dogs, Leash training...

I can honestly say we have fostered over 40 dogs and all were wonderful house pets when it was their time to go to permanent homes. All kennel trained, leash trained, properly fed (pounds gained, pounds lost), on a strict schedule, accustomed to grooming and socialized. This comes at a complete loss of sleep, time invested and hours of rehabilitation. They were all worth it, every one.

How did we make it through over 40 times? The families who graciously went thru the adoption process, who came out on the other side smiling, the first meeting of their new pet. The photographs I took of that very first introduction, THAT is what keeps me going.

PS. TO those of you who have adopted a rescue dog, PLEASE keep your foster/rescue apprised of your new pet. A short email, a photo, an update means so much to us who loved your pet first! It's those words of a dog's new life that really keep rescue going. It means a LOT to us.
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Since this is a puppy thread I will put in another plug for pet insurance! I just saw on Facebook that one of our members (Delilah)'s brother was diagnosed with Addison's disease. There is a gofundme for him.

There are a couple young dogs on this forum that were recently diagnosed with Addison's. This is a problem in our breed and it can take thousands of dollars to even establish a diagnosis. The treatment is lifelong. For the price to eat out once a month, you can be covered for unexpected illness and injuries.

Many of you know I accidentally injured Naira's eye on Sunday. Thankfully she was OK, but I can't tell you how comfortable I felt knowing I was backed up by pet insurance. That if it had been really bad, I could afford to take every measure possible. I never had pet insurance on my previous two dogs...and I got lucky.

However, I am really glad I have it now. A couple months ago I wondered if I really needed it and thought about cancelling it. Sure glad I didn't.
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Ahh, I could go on and on about puppy OMG moments with Lily and Peeves (but honestly mostly Lily).

She is a very high drive dog and showed it all very abundantly when she was 5/6 weeks old. We both went all in for her though. Early on (even before Peeves came home) she was wild in her greetings when I got home. Since BF was at home for a while with them when they were little she was often loose in the house when I got home from work. I got to a point where I dreaded what I was going to be greeted by so of course she read my external happy hellos and my internal dread as very confusing!

She would jump all over me. I had teeth on my hands, teeth on my clothes. She ripped jackets, sweaters shirts, shredded my hands. Land shark doesn't even begin to describe it! The turn around came when I decided I needed to adjust my attitudes. I took a walk down the street before I went in the house the day I had my "revelation." I did some calming breathing and made myself believe that it would all be good when I walked through the door. Lily came charging over to me and just as she was about to jump up I said sit and she did. We had a lovely hello, just the first of many! It was very hard for me to do, but vital for our family that I did.
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I came from a large, noisy, always in chaos Italian family with lots of puppies and kittens and other various animals so it has never been a big deal to me to cope with all the things a puppy does to disrupt your peace and destroy your home. I learned tolerance at an early age .....You simply clean up after them, repair what they damaged, and put away what you don't want destroyed while teaching them to be a 'good dog'.....not much different than raising a toddler.
I guess I've been really lucky and have never owned a dog with any serious behavior problems bad enough to make me want to tear my hair out or want to get rid of them! I loved them all way too much!
I sat here and really thought hard about any bad puppy things Molly has done and the only thing she ever destroyed was the corner of a decorator pillow when she was teething.......... an extraordinarily good puppy, she has been my easiest dog EVER!!! (Except when we go to my son's house and she finds the tootsie rolls in the cat's litter box...Oh well.....LOL!)
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Great thread!!

I need to say again that it's been a long time since I've had puppies. Trina was a puppy in 1999, and Kaydee in 2000. But I have to say, I never thought of, " OMG, what have I gotten myself into", or anything like that. I don't remember EVER thinking about it. Perhaps it's because I was a Poodle puppy owner long before Trina and Kaydee, or maybe it's because I just took it all in stride, and never allowed myself to even think about how much work it really went into to raising a baby. For me, I LOVED taking care of a puppy. I've always wanted a puppy, not older than 13 or 14 weeks of age. I looked forward to learning and growing with my baby, and that, to me, is all part of dog ownership. Learning, growing, and making mistakes as we went along.

I remember always taking a few days off of work right after bringing the puppy home, and I remember all of the precious things my babies did throughout their puppy years, but other than that, I never really had any problems----or let me correct that---- I never had any HUGE problems. I don't know, maybe it was because I just didn't let it get to me. That's pretty much the way my personality is anyway. Just going with the flow of things, and not allowing stuff to get to me too much.

I'm sure this post is not what anyone wants to hear, but it's the truth. If you have the mindset of just not letting things get to you, and you take it all in stride, maybe it won't be so bad. Just know that things WILL get better between you and your puppy. In the end you will be so proud of yourself and your baby of how wonderful he/she has turned out to be. And then, you'll want to do it all over again! :-)
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Since this is a puppy thread I will put in another plug for pet insurance! I just saw on Facebook that one of our members (Delilah)'s brother was diagnosed with Addison's disease. There is a gofundme for him.

There are a couple young dogs on this forum that were recently diagnosed with Addison's. This is a problem in our breed and it can take thousands of dollars to even establish a diagnosis. The treatment is lifelong. For the price to eat out once a month, you can be covered for unexpected illness and injuries.

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However, I am really glad I have it now. A couple months ago I wondered if I really needed it and thought about cancelling it. Sure glad I didn't.

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I came from a large, noisy, always in chaos Italian family with lots of puppies and kittens and other various animals so it has never been a big deal to me to cope with all the things a puppy does to disrupt your peace and destroy your home. I learned tolerance at an early age .....You simply clean up after them, repair what they damaged, and put away what you don't want destroyed while teaching them to be a 'good dog'.....not much different than raising a toddler.
I guess I've been really lucky and have never owned a dog with any serious behavior problems bad enough to make me want to tear my hair out or want to get rid of them! I loved them all way too much!
I sat here and really thought hard about any bad puppy things Molly has done and the only thing she ever destroyed was the corner of a decorator pillow when she was teething.......... an extraordinarily good puppy, she has been my easiest dog EVER!!! (Except when we go to my son's house and she finds the tootsie rolls in the cat's litter box...Oh well.....LOL!)

I'm STILL smiling! Good mindset to have!!
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