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Six days to go!!!

Posted: 01 Mar 2009, 23:39
by Mamalyons
Only 6 days until we pick up Holly Polly Doodles and I cant wait!!! How on earth I'm going to function at work for the next few days I have no idea! I like a little kid with excitement most of the time - then the worry creeps in... I haven't owned a dog before and I'm nervous about the whole toilet training thing, the barking (we live next to an elderly lady), training etc... :roll:

We are all prepared for the hard work so I'm sure it'll all be fine.... please tell me it will!!!!!

Any tips for the 2 hour car journey with Holly and what to do when we first get her home?

Thank goodness for this forum!

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 10:31
by reggypuppy
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Just read your post, Holl Polly will be well established by now! I hope you are enjoying her!!
The only piece of advice I could give you is to get a GOOD training book and stick to it by the letter, doodles can be strong willed (in a nice way of course) and will amusingly try to outsmart you!! They're very intelligent and cheeky you know! Best wishes and good luck!
Lisa

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 10:41
by Mamalyons
No - not got her yet... I only posted this yesterday - we get Holly on Saturday 7th March. Would still appreciate any tips re. the journey! Thanks for the puppy training book advice - I'll certainly do that!

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 11:50
by ralph'smum
Aaah how exciting only afew more sleeps now
Its just like having a new baby
How I remember thoses first sleepless nights, be prepared for crying !
We crated Ralph as a pup and I was determined he would sleep in the kitchen he did settle down after about a week (was using ear plugs at the end of the week and had to buy some for the neighbours too!!To go with the bottle of wine :lol:) But you have to remember they are only babies and having just left their Mum and litter mates it must be so traumatic for them .
Suppose it depends on your ground rules but being consistant is the key.
He now sleeps in our bedroom :roll: :roll:
Its a good idea to have a blanky from Mum with her smell on so she can get some comfort from it.
Wouldn't use it on the journey home just in case she's sick on it.
Good training book and classes will help

You'll get loads of support advice and tips from here
Looking forward to seeing her pics

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 12:47
by wee-doodle
Hi Jo

We picked up our doodle Bailey up on Saturday 21st Feb so we have had him for just over a week. I took 2 weeks off work and so did my husband. I had never owned a dog before and so didn't really know what to expect either. I had done loads of research, read the dog whisperer book and training books etc. I thought I was prepared for everything but it has been harder than I expected.

For the car journey take a cosy blanket, a puppy pad and a wee toy. I also took kitchen roll, baby wipes and a few plastic bags in case of any accidents as the breeder warned us that they could sometimes be sick or do the toilet on the way home - lucky for us he is a great traveller so we didn't need it.

The toilet training was the easy bit, although he still has some accidents he is getting really good at going outside. The worse bit for us was initially the bed time routine, we have him in a crate at night and to start with he cried for about 1 hour before he settled down. This stopped after about 3 days and he now settles down ok, it breaks your heart to start with and I wanted to take him upstairs but I knew that if he was with us all the time it would make leaving him at any time a lot harder. That brings me onto the second challenge, leaving him in the house alone. I have only just left him for the first time this morning, I tried a few days last week but he cried so much and was jumping up at the door that I couldn't leave him.

This all sounds a bit negative so I will leave you on a positive note - despite all the hard work he brings us lots of joy as well. At the moment he is chasing a blanket around the floor and having so much fun, he makes you laugh and there is nothing better than taking him for a good walk and seeing him happy rolling about in the muck - our home will never be the same again!! :D

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 12:58
by Mamalyons
Thanks for the advice and support! I am really worried about leaving Holly - there are times when we will have to. I work and although my husband works from home there will be times when he has to go out to the odd meeting etc. How should we tackle that issue?

Also, wee-doodle, what did you do with Bailey in the car when you brought him home? Did you put him in a crate or have him on your knee or what?

Thanks!!!!!

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 14:56
by wee-doodle
Hi Jo

I sat Bailey on my knee, however we were only 1 hour away so it wasn't too bad. I personally thought that it was better than a crate as he was able to cuddle up beside me. I also bought a dog car seat cover and now he travels in the back seat, he is very good but we did try a seat belt harness which he just hates and pulls off.

All the advice I have had about leaving them advises you to start straight away and build up the time you leave them (easier said than done!!). Last week I was leaving him alone in the kitchen whilst I did some housework or was out at the garage or garden. Leave plenty of toys, I also tried a puppy kong to keep him amused and left the radio on.

Also make the most of the time she sleeps to get anything done, even if it is just to have a nap yourself and she will tire you out.

I also use this site all the time for advice, don't know what I would have done without it.

Good Luck

Julie :)

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 15:52
by clarey
Mamalyons wrote:Thanks for the advice and support! I am really worried about leaving Holly - there are times when we will have to. I work and although my husband works from home there will be times when he has to go out to the odd meeting etc. How should we tackle that issue?

Also, wee-doodle, what did you do with Bailey in the car when you brought him home? Did you put him in a crate or have him on your knee or what?

Thanks!!!!!

Hi Jo - you've got some exciting times ahead but it is incredibly hard work and unbelievably time consuming at first and you can't really prepare for that :shock: :!: . My Roxy is coming up for 7 months now and I have to say I was very strict from the word go as otherwise I think you can make a rod for your own back. She whimpered for the first 3 nights and has been fine since (though I think we were very lucky :!: ).

Put your ground rules in place from the first day - if you don't want her on the furniture when she's bigger and muddy from a walk, don't let her get on it whilst she's small and clean :lol: !!

As far as leaving them on their own you really have to just do it from the word go and build it up over time. At the end of the day your dog has to fit in with your lifestyle and not the other way round....... :lol: . I left Roxy whilst I did the school run on her 2nd day with us (I picked her up on a Thurs) and then did an hour or so each day for a few days. She's never alone for more than 3 or 4 hours now but it's good to get them used to it, otherwise if you throw them into it one day when you have an emergency or sucklike they won't know what's hit them :shock:.

You have some fantastic and frustrating times to look forward to - best of luck for the 7th. Will look forward to seeing photos and hearing how things are going.

Clare & Roxy

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Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 19:11
by Gill Farmer
I was a first time dog owner too when we got Marley. I also did all the research possible to try and prepare myself. Marley is now 8 months and is a treasure. We were also quite strict when she arrived and tried to adopt some of the dog whisperer techniques. The key is exercise, discepline (making it clear what you want and making it happen) the affection. This was hard with a tiny pup that I loved from the day of concption and wanted to cuddle forever.
We brought her home sitting next to my children on the back seat and she rested her head on one of their laps. When we got her home we allowed her to find her feet and left her to explore in a calm environment.
The house training seemed to go on forever but actually she was relatively reliable after a couple of months - best to get used to the idea that it may take some time and accept it. Generally the accidents were because I had not recognised the signs!
Marley was as quite as a mouse when we first got her home at night for about a week and then we had about 2 weeks of howling every night all night. I did think tht perhaps we had done the wrong thing but we ignored her and as soon as it started it all stopped and she has not woken us up at night since! She was in a crate so I knew she was safe. She still sleeps in her crate and seems happy to go in at night.
My advice:
Decide what you will not allow and stick to it (e.g Marley never gets on the furniture unless invited or upstairs)
Be prepared to get it wrong and don't blame the dog
Remember it will get better
Dogs live "in the now" so if you had a bad day your dog will not really remember as you will and will not see it as a failure as you may.
You are in charge and the dog has to fit into your life
Don't feel guilty when you have to leave your dog - you are in charge remember!
Good luck and I'm really jealous as I did thoroughly enjly the early weeks.

Enjoy it :P

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 19:55
by HILLY
Every good wish for the arrival of your new little dood. I picked up my 2nd dood on 15 Feb. He sat on a cosy blanket on top of a towel on my lap for the journey home and he behaved really well, sleeping most of the time. I had the added responsibilty of introducing him to my 30kg dood waiting at home. We had a few nights of crying in the crate (the dood not me!) but after a few nights it settled down and now he only grizzles for a few minutes. I had no option but to leave him each day while I toook Big Jeff out for a walk. He created when left in his crate but I watched him through the window and he soon gave up and went to sleep. When I got back he was still settled. You have to harden your heart and let them complain otherwise you will never be able to leave them. It is difficult as they are so small and only babies but it will serve you well in the future.

I agree with all the advice others have given and also agree that a bit of stress now will be repaid 100% by your own little dood. Lots of pictures please
Hilly Jeff and Little Ted
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Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 23:12
by Mamalyons
Thanks so much everyone! Fantastic advice - and all your doods are SO SO gorgeous!!!

Only 5 sleeps to go! I feel like a child waiting for Christmas :lol:

Will post pics as soon as I have some. I can't wait to see how much she has changed and grown since we saw her 2.5 weeks ago!

Thanks again,

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 00:54
by CAROL SHAW
You will be surprised how she has changed in 3 weeks now a proper person full of life hope she house trains soon should be within a month but we are here to help. Hope you can post pictures because we are not clever enough sleep well see you saturday

Re: Six days to go!!!

Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 22:45
by Doodledandy
Hi

we were advised to keep Yogi cuddled up and snug for the journey, as if he had a good trip, then it was unlikely that he would suffer from travel sickness in the future.

He has never been sick in the car and loves going for a ride.

Good luck