The puppy is home and so far is doing good with us. She seems ok with our 3 yo lab but she is hesitant with the 2 yo baby. I am trying to slowly introduce them. As its been 3 yrs since I last did this i had a few questions.
What are the best toys for a puppy?
Should I let her sleep on the floor or bed during the day or put her in the crate? (She will be in crate at night)
Should I worry she isn't really drinking today or is it ok since its her 1st day? (She did eat and eliminate afterward)
Is a puppy socialization class necessary with an adult lab in the house?
Thanks in advance. I will post some pics in next post....
I am happy for you and your new baby! Toys are Kongs and hard rubber toys, nyla bones and toys for extreme chewers. If you are crate training, some people opt to let the pup sleep in the crate during the day with the door open. I wouldn't worry about the drinking at this point. Just keep showing her where the bowl is located. Many people use puppy classes. If you are willing to put in the work, you can train her. With your other dog she will get socialized to him, but it would be nice for her to meet other fully vaccinated dogs. Friends' dogs etc. Good luck... great pictures! She's beautiful!
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
We have a crate for our puppy at night also....he took really well to it at night and during the day he sleeps wherever when we are home. Sometimes he'll go in his crate voluntarily but most of the time he sleeps on the floor. He really loved sleeping next to his food bowl for a couple weeks!
He also didn't drink too much the first few days but he was eliminating fine so I wouldn't be concerned.
We have so many toys for hunter we have the squeaky toys the rope toys balls....his fave was a duck with a ball inside its head and a water bottle inside the body. Lots of chew toys! He loves his nylabones too. I always seem to have a toy with me or close by so if he is chewing on something he shouldn't I correct and give him what he can chew on so I give him the toy.
As far as socialization class I'm not sure but I don't intend on paying to socialize hunter, once he gets all of his immunizations ill take him to the dog park so he can socialize with other dogs. He loves to run back and forth at the fence with my neighbors dog so I'm sure he'll love the dog park!
Best of luck! I've been out of the puppy stage for 8 years! It's rough getting back into it! But worth it!
Missing you every day Summer
I'd check it out without your puppy a few times to get the vibe of the place if you really want to use a dog park. I personally don't use them for my dogs.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
Thanks BigBrownDog! I used to take my Summer to the dog park and it seemed the times that I did go were "off" times so there were rarely more than 3 or 4 dogs there and the owners were great with there dogs, it is a fenced in area that is pretty large for them to run and they have a small dog section and a large dog section. We will see If I do find that there are "bad" dogs there then I leave. I don't want to put up with that. I've done that when I've had Summer there.
Missing you every day Summer
Thanks for the advice so far. She had a good first night. No accidents in the house. Had to take her out 3 times and she eliminated right away each time. She cried for about 5 mins to come out of the crate around 230am but gave up and went back to sleep until about 645am.
Today her and Stoli have been lying together a little and playing. Stoli is sharing her toys with Scout so that is good. She loves bones. lol
yes puppy socialization is ABSOLUTELY important. and much of it should be done with the puppy without the older dog. a puppy needs to learn to be independent (without sibling) and tackle the world. Plus, socialized to one dog does nto a socialized dog make. he needs to meet all kinds of dogs, people, sites, sounds, textures, etc. (with and without the sibling).
dog parks are not a place to socialise a dog - I say this as someone that goes to the park daily. they are a place for SOCIALIZED dogs. it is intense and lots of big dogs and you have no control over who is there to ensure the experience is good. plus I find older pupppies are too rough with younger puppies.
Socialisation should be done in safe environments. puppy classes are a safe environment. with lots of people and teachers to step in if needed.
Lastly, you can only safely go to a dog park a few weeks after the last round of shots (so that's...14 or so weeks?). so lots of actual socialisation time has already past. Puppy classes should be for pups under that age, from 9 weeks until 14 or so weeks. they should properly clean the floor and ensure pups are all at the appropriate level of shots.
Plus puppy classes are not just about dogs socialising to other dogs, but people as well. and training in a new environment with a teacher to help. plus a good class should also introduce other things like a tunnel, different clothes, umbrella, etc. etc. etc.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Thanks so much for the advice about the dog parks! I'm definitely looking into puppy kindergarten now....I didn't even realize they had it for them, I thought they had to have all of their shots before they could be somewhere like that!
Missing you every day Summer
There has been a lot of recent research done on the importance of early socialization and with that more and more puppy kindergarten classes are springing up. I plan to be take my pup to one as well. 11 years ago with Hunter I waited until he was 16 weeks to let him out around other dogs but all the new research indicates that the earlier they get the socialization in the better. I plan to take a puppy kindergarten class this time around myself.
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