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My name's Eevee, and I may be getting a Toy Poodle girl. I thought that it would be great to learn how to take care of one from people who have experience with them. :)
 

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Thanks. This weekend. I heard that they're very smart and easy to train, and this will be my first dog.
 

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Welcome! Can't wait to see pics of your new baby! Try to remember to take a camera when you go...that way you can get pictures of mom and dad and any siblings that are still there! I wish I would have remembered to take mine to lots of places!
 

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Thanks. This weekend. I heard that they're very smart and easy to train, and this will be my first dog.
Yes they are.
They can also be somewhat difficult because of their intelligence.
They will challenge you and try to outsmart you.
My neighbour says,that he would not want a dog that can beat him in chess.
But I am sure,that you looked into it and learned about the breed,the grooming requirements etc.
make sure that you show us pictures once you get your pup.
Is it a boy or girl?
How old?
 

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Yes they are.
They can also be somewhat difficult because of their intelligence.
They will challenge you and try to outsmart you.
My neighbour says,that he would not want a dog that can beat him in chess.
But I am sure,that you looked into it and learned about the breed,the grooming requirements etc.
make sure that you show us pictures once you get your pup.
Is it a boy or girl?
How old?
Yeah, I've read about the breed and that you need to trim their hair a lot. The one that I want is an 8-week old female, white.
 

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8 week old white toy poodle.
I can hardly wait to see the pictures.
Are you not sure yet,if you are getting this pup?
 

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Thanks! A Poodle is certainly the breed that I want to get, just have to choose a puppy. I may name it Nelly, still deciding, lol.
 

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Don't be afraid to ask LOTS of questions...where is it used to sleeping, eating, when does it eat, does it come with a health guarantee and shot records, OR ANYTHING you can think of!

I am sure the owner won't mind you asking questions! If they do or the answers seem odd to you...don't be afraid to tell them you want to think about it! We are always glad to explain anything that may seem odd to you!

If its a great puppy, and the owner has great answers to all your questions...then don't be afraid to bring it right home! LOL
 

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Hi evee! I am excited for you getting a new poodle. Good luck, & we will answer any questions we can to help you!
 

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Grats in advance!

There are several websites which have "puppy temperament" tests. You might want to check those out if you haven't already. They usually include things like turning the puppy on her back and seeing how long/if she struggles with you before settling down, etc. The basic gist is that you don't want a really aggressive puppy or a really passive puppy.

But, believe me, it is easy to get distracted by the adorable ball of fluff! I didn't ask half the questions I probably should have :p

One thing to watch for once you get her home (I think I may have to write an FAQ about parvo) is any signs of "listlessness" (and yes, puppies sleep a lot..so it's hard to tell); and any diarrhea or throw up (even clear)...if she does either of those call the vet immediately.

I don't mean to scare you and poodles are not any more prone to parvo than any other puppy. It's just that I just got my first dog and she did have parvo...it's the number one killer of puppies and puppies die of dehydration very quickly within 24-72 hours...so it's important to know the signs. We took my girl to the vet right away and she pulled through without a hitch. :)

Another thing re: illness that your breeder should tell you, but might forget, is don't take the puppy to anyplace where other dogs have been (like a rest area on the way home) until she gets all her shots. We pottied our girl at a construction site...hehe.

And, of course, as I am sure you know, you will want to get your supplies ready and puppy proof your home...your breeder should send her home with a big ziploc of food, but you may need to get her a collar, leash, water and food bowl, crate, etc....ask your breeder before you go to pick her up what she will come with to save yourself the hassle. Some breeders send home a favorite toy or blankie with the litter/mom's smell on it...mine didn't.

So exciting to get a your first dog! I've had mine now for two months and it's been a blast. (But sometimes scary too; so much to watch out for!) You did the right thing by joining a forum....I was sure my vet thought I had Munchausens by proxy because of all my phone calls the first month!

Can't wait to see pictures of Nelly! Do you have any other pets and/or children at home?
 

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Welcome to the forum. Good luck this weekend. I hope she turns out to be 'your' dog! Looking forward to seeing pictures.
 

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I live in Sacramento. :)

Thank you all for the advice that I will gladly use to see the right puppy! I won't forget to ask the breeder questions, and will be watching out for Parvo.

How do puppies get Parvo? And I don't have any children, just a cat, lol.
 

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I live in Sacramento. :)

Thank you all for the advice that I will gladly use to see the right puppy! I won't forget to ask the breeder questions, and will be watching out for Parvo.

How do puppies get Parvo? And I don't have any children, just a cat, lol.
Parvo is passed out into an infected dog's feces where it lives for several months (if not cleaned up with bleach)...usually it is passed from yard to yard by critters, birds, flies, people's shoes, etc....when an adult dog gets it, sometimes they don't show any symptoms, since it thrives on rapidly dividing cells (like those in a growing puppies tummy!) so sometimes there is a source of contamination that noone knows about.

Luckily it isn't the same kind of parvovirus that people or cats get either, so there is no worry that your cat might be a carrier.
 
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