Any advice for me?

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Frankie Bowie

i'm watching you- with my BLUE- eye!
Barked: Sat Oct 18, '08 10:54am PST 
Hi everyone - I am new here.

Oct. 25th Frankie will be coming home to us - his new family and it's been a while since I've had a puppy. I've also never had a boxer before either! He will be 7 weeks old when his breeder delivers him to me.

If anyone can give me suggestions on raising a boxer pup or a pup in general I would appreciate it.

A little bit about me and my family:
I am a stay-at-home mom and I have a 2 year old. We live in a townhouse and have a small fenced yard. I can take him for walks to the park and on trails whenever I want and whenever the weather is nice.

I want to know how I can socialize him at such a young age when you're not supposed to let them out and about too much in order to avoid exposure to viruses and such?

Boxer Gentleman
Barked: Sat Oct 18, '08 1:27pm PST 
My advice, lots and LOTS of exercise. We ran for hours, and I do mean RUN, plus lots of on leash walks. We were in our dog park at 8 weeks old, but that IS dangerous. (especially in some areas where certain diseases are more common.) The safest way to socialise your pup is puppy class. Most trainers have this offered, and its a pretty safe way to get them out meeting other pups. Also, some pups are skittish about new things and places, as well as people if not socialized well enough young. We believe in taking your pups out as much as possible to lots of places. You can keep them in the basket of the shopping cart until you are safe to walk the floors. We went everywhere with mom, still do. The trick is to make everything fun, and always end on a good note. Also watch your pup for signs of stress, and listen to them. If they are stressed out or not having fun, take them away from the stressful situation, and try again some other time in small incriments.

Hope this helps. Feel free to post any questions or pawmail us, and we can always try to help. There are some pretty smart pups here!

Whens the food- coming????
Barked: Sat Oct 18, '08 7:41pm PST 
Socializing is number one priority! My Mom didn't realize this early enough and I still have some fears of other dogs. Also make sure he gets around alot of people of different age groups and beleive it or not races too. Tobias had this problem for some reason and it was hard to work out.


Somewhere there- is something I- can eat..
Barked: Sun Oct 19, '08 1:31am PST 
Frankie, I know you're anxious to be with your new family, but I am thinking anyway the breeder can keep you an extra week or two? Coming home at 9 or 10 weeks will make your life easier- at 7 weeks Frankie will need to go potty through the night likely several times- not to mention the accidents during the day... the only reason I bring this up is because you mentioned a 2 year old... I am thinking you probably don't get enough sleep as it is!

If it really isn't an option- or you don't want to wait (which I also totally understand), I personally kept our new pups in the crate in our room until they were reliable through the night. Often they don't cry very loud if they need to go- so for me, having them right next to me would wake me up when they woke up- and when they first wake up they will need to go potty pretty quickly.

Also, another great piece of advice I got with Max was that pups usually need to go potty about 30 minutes after eating or drinking- so about 30 minutes after either we would go outside until it was time... and while Frankie's going, give loads of praise and say whatever command you want him to have for his potty command- it is a very simple way to teach a very reliable potty command- my dogs all still come right to me and let me know they went "potty" I can always tell because they come up to me so happy and ready to get praised... Max is 2 1/2, Xena is 15 months, and Sam is 10 months...

And to answer another question you asked about viruses/vaccines, make sure you get any vet records the breeder has about whatever vaccines Frankie's already had, that way you don't have to duplicate any.. Your first item of business will be a vet visit where they'll set you up on a vaccine schedule. Usually, you want to avoid common areas (especially grassy areas like parks) until the pup has finished his basic vaccines- around 16 weeks. Even dogs that seem healthy can be carriers (a dog that has had parvo can become a carrier even though it's no longer infected with the virus). Which is why it's important to only be exposed to other dogs where you know their history. You can still do plenty of socializing, just stay away from areas where other dogs potty a lot- and as someone else already suggested, Puppy Classes are probably the best option. Plus, you'll meet other people with healthy pups and can likely set up play dates that way. Oh- and my vet's adice- stay away from pet stores... they tend to be "hot spots" for viruses like Parvo and distemper, especially in our area.

At any rate- congratulations.. and glad that you are coming home! blue dogsnoopypartyhamster dancedancingcheerblue dog

Edited by author Sun Oct 19, '08 1:38am PST

Frankie Bowie

i'm watching you- with my BLUE- eye!
Barked: Mon Oct 20, '08 12:31pm PST 
Yeah - I was thinking about blowing up one of my air mattresses and sleeping next to his crate for a week or so. I have a small fenced backyard that no other dog has ever been in so I was thinking I can take him out there to go potty.

I want to take him to a puppy class - but I was going to try the one at Petsmart, is that not a good idea because that's obviously IN a pet store? lol

I'm not sure how those classes work - picked up a schedule for it but I would have to ask someone b/c from the calendar it doesnt seem like it's consistently on the same day of the week all the time which won't work for me I need some kind of schedule! I also have the option of going to our local kennel club.

I was thinking I have one of those radio flyer wagons - maybe I can take him around in that so he's not touching the ground. Does that sound completely insane? LOL

Barked: Mon Oct 20, '08 7:12pm PST 
Why is the poor little guy getting taken away from mom and the littermates so early?
That worries me. There is no good reason for a breeder to send him home at the very young age of 7 weeks. That's like bare minimum legally. frown

Nosey Lilly
Barked: Tue Oct 21, '08 2:40am PST 
When I was little my mom took me everywhere with her and my sister Apple. But we live in a small town and they allow dogs in some of the stores. I was also 8 weeks when i came home with mom.
And dont worry about being loud enough to hear us. Mom says i sounded like a car alarm when i needed to go out.
The best advise I can give you is that boxers get borded easy without human interaction or nice toy to play withpuppy And when we get borded there go your nice house plants. applauseAnd we will chew everything that will sit still. I personally like the toilet paper.
Rotate toys often and get a varity, i like toys that move and shake and i love my kong mom stuffs it full of goodies.
Frankie Bowie

i'm watching you- with my BLUE- eye!
Barked: Wed Oct 22, '08 5:49am PST 
To be honest I'm not sure why he's letting them go to their homes so early. He says usually between 7-8 weeks depending. I thought it was kinda young myself, but we will see what happens of course.

I am lucky in that I have plenty of time to put into the puppy and I've already begun recruiting people and fully vaccinated pup pals to come over and help me socialize him.
Petra Star

We Do Not Gnaw- On Our Kitty
Barked: Sun Nov 9, '08 3:47pm PST 
I came to my new home at 7 weeks and am none the worse for wear. Mom would have probably taken me earlier, but Grammy Shan (my breeder) talked her out of it. BUT I was spoiled rotten. I slept between my new mom and dad in the people bed from the start and have ever since. Mom was able to devote every spare minute, when not working, to helping me adjust and making sure I never felt lonely or sad.

As for socializing, Mom recommends limiting exposure to strange surfaces (floors, shopping carts, sidewalks, grass) and strange dogs until you have received the first 3 DHLPPC vaccines, 1 Bordetella (kennel cough), and your first 1-year rabies vaccine (usually given at 16 weeks). After that, if you're what the vet calls "BAR" (bright, alert, and responsive), eating well, and presenting no symptoms or reactions to the vax, you're good to go.

Mom would take me out for brief visitations before I was 16 weeks to meet people, but she always carried me and never set me down on anything. I have no idea why she stopped doing that -- I only weigh 87 pounds. Sheesh! It's not like she doesn't have backache meds. BOL!

Previous posters have given some great advice. Exercise rules! Mom made the mistake (early on and briefly) of treating me like just another cat. I quickly taught her a lesson she'll never forget: An ignored Boxer has the destructive force of a category 5 hurricane!

Since you do have a little human too, and I don't see that anyone has mentioned it yet, you will want to be sure that ALL interaction between the two is supervised. Boxers are well known for being great with kids, but puppy teeth are very pointy and little humans don't know the difference between poking a stuffed dog in the eye and poking a live dog in the eye... until they get nipped by those pointy puppy teeth and the screaming starts.

Also, if your little human is used to mobile snacking (like walking around the house with a baggie of Cheerios in one hand and half a banana in the other) expect that your pupster is going to take, or get given, at least half of what you give your child. While those items won't harm your dog, you will need to be prepared for soupy-poopies for the next day or two.

Be sure your wormings are up to date. Discuss regular fecal exams with your vet just to be on the safe side. There are some types of worms and other parasites that can be passed between human and canine, generally through exposure to infected soil (backyard dirt)or feces. But they are generally avoidable and very treatable if discovered.

That's all I can think of at the moment. Feel free to post again with questions and good luck!

~Petra, et al~

Somewhere there- is something I- can eat..
Barked: Sun Nov 9, '08 9:35pm PST 
You asked a question about PetsMart training, for puppy classes, that's a personal choice. Personally, I would not do it- I don't like taking a puppy to somewhere like that where so many people bring in their dogs- at least a a training facility the trainers usually require all dogs to be current on vaccines and healthy to attend classes. But, again, I believe Petsmart does require proof of vaccines, but my problem is not with the other puppies, it's with the environment of Petsmart... Plus, there are some trainers that offer lifetime dog training, it is more expensive to start, but the advantage is your trainer will know you and the dog and your trainings will change as the dog grows, and can also work if specific problem behaviors arise.