Finally getting my first dog!

If you are wondering what is the right dog for you, this is the place to be. In this introductory forum we talk about topics such as breed vs. mix, size, age, grooming, breeders, shelters, rescues as well as requirements for exercise, space and care. No question is too silly here. This particular forum is for getting and giving helpful, nice advice. It is definitely not a forum for criticizing someone else's opinion, knowledge or advice. This forum is all about tail wagging and learning.


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Barked: Sun Jan 6, '13 9:22pm PST 
I've been lurking and posting here for years now, figuring out what my perfect dog will be. Well, after years of waiting, my breeder's litter was finally born! It may be slightly premature to say, but if all goes well then in about 8-10 weeks I will be bringing home my new pup. I'm happy, terrified, but most of all excited. Even though I've been preparing for this moment for a while I still get the occasional panic where I second think everything I've learned and start thinking 'OMG, how am I going to potty train him? What will I feed? What do I do if he tries eating the cat's poop?' laugh out loud

Well, anyway, I'll probably be posting a lot more in the next few weeks, seeking opinions on everything under the sun. Can't wait to add his profile on here when the time comes!

Whippy- The- Whipador
Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 6:52am PST 
Congrats! What breed is he? big grin

Black dogs rock!
Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 2:36pm PST 
Congratulations!partypartywishessnoopyhappy dance

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Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 4:30pm PST 
Thanks!! He's a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. My preference is a boy, and apparently there are 5 in the litter, so plenty to choose from. I can't wait 'til they get a little older and we're able to see their personalities.
Tiller- (Skansen's- Ira in the M

I DO Exist...To- Drive You Batty
Barked: Mon Jan 7, '13 4:35pm PST 
Here are some preparatory basics smile.....

1) Enjoy the anticipation!

2) Practice patience and take the puppy at TEN weeks, not eight. He will be
far more socially enhanced at that older age. That little bit of extra
patience can make for a lifetime of dividends!

3) Do *not* have a throng of onlookers coming to meet him on his first day,
for that may prove overwhelming.

4) You yourself will likely be way beyond excited when he first arrives, but
give him time and space to feeling settled. What he needs from you when
first there, he will let you know smile

5) If you can avoid accidents entirely, that is the optimum, and yes, it
can be done. Bladders are stimulated every time they wake up, every
time after they eat or drink, and after every vigorous play session.
There also are body language signs to look for....starting to sniff
around more than normal or starting to circle. When you take him out,
*do not go back in* until he does his business. People who say "I had
him outside for so long, but he goes as soon as we are back in" drive me nuts! Stay OUT until he does something, always. Have
enzymatic cleaner at the ready to eat the scent should be have an

6) If not acquainted to a leash when you get him, be aware this is quite a
stressful thing for some puppies. Keep slack in the leash and follow
him when he is first leashed. Don't pull, but gradually acquaint him to
pressure. Calling him when down on your knees, tapping the floor with a
happy voice, accompanied with a slight tug/instant release on the leash
is also excellent.

7) There is *no such thing* as being too silly for a puppy. Be animated
and he will love you for it!

8) If you plan to crate him overnight, you must steel not to bring him out
of the crate his first few nights, no matter how much he cries. This
will only extend things. Never put him in his crate without something
stimulating and distracting, particulary stffie toys such as Kongs.
Word from a veteran....don't waste tons of money getting toys before he
arrives. Let him arrive and either carry him to your pet store or simply
get to know him through a couple of toys and his personality before you
spend your hard earned money on toys that aren't his "thing." wink

9) Give him Acidopholus capsule when he gets there. It helps combat an
upset tummy. Try and get a supply of what he is eating from the breeder
for a good transition.

10) Utilize your breeder for guidance you might need first. They will have
the best insight if you have chosen well.

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Barked: Thu Jan 17, '13 8:03pm PST 
Dogs are the most popular pet in the world, and for good reason. There are few things in life that compare to the joy and pleasure of owning a well-behaved and lovable dog.

Fritz, cats are- fun when they- run
Barked: Mon Jan 21, '13 9:46am PST 
That's nice guest, but given that this is dogster, we all know about the joy of owning or wanting to own a dog. Why are you traveling around the forums posting platitudes that actually have nothing to do with the specific question? shrug