Been reading these forums for the past couple of weeks researching the pros and cons of just about everything you can think of!
So my new pup was born on the 21/08/2012 and will be ready to be picked up on the 16/08/12 so just over 5 weeks to wait! The wait is going to be so damn tough. All i seem to think about is the new pup!
His name is Zeus, His a purebred Black Labrador (Mum was chocolate and dad was yellow). I got the pick of the litter so when i meet with the breeder to choose ill post some pictures up of him.
I have pretty much puppy proofed the house as much as i can. Made the family laugh quite a bit as i pretended to be a dog crawling around the house seeing what was enticing haha. All i really have left is to get his crate and a couple more toys.
Attached is a picture of a dog from the previous litter.
Anyway it's nice to meet you all and i must say it's very entertaining reading some of the stories on these forums!
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Welcome Adam! there are other members from your neck of the woods on here.... I remember the loooooong wait....I remember counting the days to pick up our girl! It seems to just crawl by!
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Welcome!! Myself and our two boys are from Oz land too :-)
Charlie and Beau... Brotherly Love
So i'm a bit worried.
I have been explaining to a few friends and family that i am going to be crate training zeus when i get him (only 4 weeks to go!) And they have been really really against it, Saying how cruel it is to the dogs and that they can't believe i am going to be doing that. No matter what i say or how many sites and links and videos i send them they just can't seem to sway from their standpoint of thinking "omg you are going to put your dog in a cage, thats like putting a human in jail, how would you like to be locked up in a cage"
Anyway im not backing down on my decision because from alot of different things i have read it seems like a really beneficial way of house breaking and making a secure enjoyable place for the pup to be in when relaxing / sleeping. Of course the key is that you have to do it right.
Have any of you had this issue before with family and friends judging you on crateing your beautiful dogs?
Also, Update Pic! this was taken at 3 weeks. Should have more to share with you all on the weekend as i get to go meet all the pups then.
Yes and it is natural for people to have that initial reaction until you educate them about it. Stick to your guns. Tell them it is for puppies house training, for the safety of puppy and that in the future when more grown and more responsible puppy may not need the crate as much. The thing that usually sells people on the crate is if puppy/young dog like their crate and will go in it on their own.
Hi, I'm new here, too. Just wanted to say thanks for sharing the puppy pile pic!
My 9 year old dog still wanted his crate, I couldn't take it away from him he loved it. The door was off for years and he went in and out as he pleased but it was "his" space. My puppy spends a lot of time in his, he doesn't whine or bark or try to escape. If people use it as punishment then it could be like "jail" but if the puppy is properly introduced to it and crate trained most come to like them I think.
Welcome! Enjoy your baby and do what works for you!