Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

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Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by o4d » 15 Feb 2016, 21:36

Hey everyone! So I saw a posting for miniature labradoodles (father is a miniature poodle, mother is a labrador). I went to see the puppies and instantly fell in love with them, they reminded me of my family labrador who saddly passed away almost exactly one year ago at the age of 11, a few days before I turned 21. One in particular caught my eye because he reminded me of Dixie (my labrador) and I instantly put a reserve on him! Both of his parents are KC registered and have a good pedigree, his father was PRA tested but mother was not tested. I got the chance to meet both parents and they were both lovely! I am excited but also anxious about picking him up in about 10 days time. While I have grown up with dogs he will be the first dog that is solely my responsibility, I have tried my best to be as well prepared as I can and have spent weeks reading up on everything I need to know and get, but as an anxious person the anxiety doesn't go away because of the level of responsibility I have now. He is the cutest thing ever, and I am so excited to have him as my companion for this big chapter in my life. I have felt as though something has been missing in my life without a dog and now I am beginning to feel more complete. I live in a spacious apartment with a garden, but the fact that the father was a miniature poodle was a selling point for me as they probably will not be very large as some labradoodles I've seen are! I also have a "borderline" (not clinically significant) allergy to dog hair, so far I have had no real reaction to visiting the pups, had was a bit itchy but I played with the mum as well! I hope the tiny bit of itchiness and runny eyes I would get when my lab slept in my room will be reduced, but it's something I am always willing to live with! Here for advice and support on my journey with my new best friend, looking forward to getting to know all of you.
I was wondering if anyone may have a rough idea of what size he may grow to based on the fact that the father is a miniature poodle and the mother is a labrador? I am also kind of torn on whether or not to crate train, I haven't crate trained before my last dogs just kind of toilet trained themselves somehow, but in a carpeted flat I am slightly more concerned about this...also deciding about puppy pads or trying to train him to go outside! Anyway, there is a lot for me to learn and from browsing this forum a lot of you seem like worthy mentors. All the best!

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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by We5Kings » 16 Feb 2016, 12:02

Welcome to a huge adventure! Our Dude is 2and a half and our lives have certainly changed since we got him!
I grew up in a family that always had dogs but it wasn't til my children had reached their 20s that I got one of my own( I had "my"dogs as a teenager, but it goes without saying that my Mum did all the real work! And NO dogs don't housetrain themselves, Mums/women do that! :lol: )
I really hope you have set aside time to be at home with your pup because he will need to be taken out every hour at first. You will be tired. Most pups need to wee at night and you will need to get up if you want them to learn not to wee in the house. We have never used a crate. But you will need a little playpen/ safe area to keep pup out of mischief.
Both my daughter( who visits regularly) and I have mild asthma/allergies and neither of us have any reactions to Dudes fur( tight poodly curls)
I couldn't say how big your pup will be but I would guess middle sized( vague, sorry!) Our Dude is 26kg( his parents are Labradoodles)
Generally pups need to stay with their mothers til 8weeks. Good luck, keep in touch,people on this forum are very helpful. Anny and Dude x

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Post by o4d » 16 Feb 2016, 18:23

We5Kings wrote:Welcome to a huge adventure! Our Dude is 2and a half and our lives have certainly changed since we got him!
I grew up in a family that always had dogs but it wasn't til my children had reached their 20s that I got one of my own( I had "my"dogs as a teenager, but it goes without saying that my Mum did all the real work! And NO dogs don't housetrain themselves, Mums/women do that! :lol: )
I really hope you have set aside time to be at home with your pup because he will need to be taken out every hour at first. You will be tired. Most pups need to wee at night and you will need to get up if you want them to learn not to wee in the house. We have never used a crate. But you will need a little playpen/ safe area to keep pup out of mischief.
Both my daughter( who visits regularly) and I have mild asthma/allergies and neither of us have any reactions to Dudes fur( tight poodly curls)
I couldn't say how big your pup will be but I would guess middle sized( vague, sorry!) Our Dude is 26kg( his parents are Labradoodles)
Generally pups need to stay with their mothers til 8weeks. Good luck, keep in touch,people on this forum are very helpful. Anny and Dude x
Hi thanks for your reply! I have tried to time this well (hope my logic isn't flawed here). My sister is staying with me indefinitely while looking for jobs, she has agreed to help with the initial training. I am a 3rd year university student and do most of my work from home as it is project based, generally I'm at university 4 hours a day but the spacing is odd meaning I tend to have gaps between each our or at least after every two hours where I am able to go home. I have also arranged to have most of my university work for the next month planned in a way which allows me to do most of it from home for the next month. After this, I will have easter break followed by exams (which will be a couple of hours here and there) and then summer break when I'll be working at home on my startup, essentially giving me April, May, June, July and August at home. I know it probably would have made more sense to wait until April but I pounced on Harvey because he was too perfect! Luckily my sister being at home all day and being more than willing to help will be a huge benefit. Harvey will be about 8 months old by September and as I am on a 5 year university course (MEng) my schedule will remain very similar to what it is like now meaning I will be out of the house about 4 hours on the week days and able to come back during gaps. After I graduate, hopefully I will be able to spend the summer prior to beginning work finding the best arrangements to facilitate my work and have time for Harvey. My girlfriend of 5 years will be training to become a teacher so will hopefully have a lot of time to spend at home with Harvey as well. I figured if I waited until after I graduated and had a job I would not have a lot of time during the crucial puppy stages. I currently only go to university for 4 hours a day and essentially have 6 months of the year off for the next two and a half years.

Apologies for the long reply, this is something I thought long and hard about so I felt the need to explain my reasons for my own sanity!

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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by We5Kings » 16 Feb 2016, 21:10

Fantastic! Really good to hear you have the time for your lovely new pup. Don't forget to post some photos( there's a post on General discussions about how to do this)it would be great to see him :D
I'm sure you will get lots of help on here as you go along. The first weeks are tiring and exciting in equal measure! Anny

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Post by Bid » 17 Feb 2016, 09:15

Good luck with your pup! It sound as though you as as prepared as you could be. Being a first cross it is hard to predict the size - he could take after the Dad and be small, or after the mum and be lab sized, or anything in between! By the time he gets to full size you will be besotted anyway so it won't matter. :D Re the allergies - being OK with the pups doesn't mean a lot, as puppies go through a coat change at around a year old. Your reaction to the parents would have more indication as to how you will be around him.
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Post by Coco and Annie » 17 Feb 2016, 16:55

Congratulations and welcome!

I'm sure you're counting the sleeps away until pick up!

Our Coco is a mini F1 labradoodle. Small lab mum and mini poodle dad. She measures about 17.5 inches and weighs about 17 kg. A perfect size really.

She only sheds a little but as she has a hair coat, I wouldn't say she was particularly allergy-friendly.

Enjoy your pup and pictures please!! X

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Post by o4d » 19 Feb 2016, 13:55

Thanks everyone for your replies! Went to visit Harvey on Wednesday, here is the first picture of the little guy I am posting:

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I was also wondering if anyone could make crate suggestions? Looking for a good one, preferably with a divider so I can increase the size as Harvey gets bigger?

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Post by We5Kings » 19 Feb 2016, 18:22

Aw, he's lovely! A little golden teddy bear! Bet you can't wait!
I can't help, re crates, but there are lots of people who can. Recently there have been several new comers to the forum with puppy questions and you will find lots of useful threads on General discussions.
Make sure you get lots of sleep, pre pup! :lol:

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Post by Coco and Annie » 19 Feb 2016, 18:33

Awwww! Super cute!
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Post by o4d » 19 Feb 2016, 20:31

Thanks for your replies guys! Pic' number 2:
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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by Ianto! » 20 Feb 2016, 02:58

Hi o4d,
Welcome to the forum! I'm sorry to hear that you lost Dixie, that must have been very painful as the pair of you grew up together... And you are right, after a while you realise that there is a 'dog-shaped' hole in your life. Your new pup is super-cute!

I used a puppy play pen for both my doods - but I guess it depends on whether you have room in your apartment. It gave the pups room for a bed but also room to wander about a little - which was handy when I wanted to go out and leave them. (There was also room in case they needed to toilet without soiling their bedding - accidents do happen!)

I had a crate which I had used for a previous dog - it did have a special insert which meant it could be divided into a smaller space, but I didn't bother with it. The crate is a Savic (I got it from Pets at Home). I saw a post on FB this week about a dood who managed to get their face hooked up on a carrying handle on top of its crate, so if you do get one you'll need to be careful which one you buy. Oh, and remember always to remove his collar before putting him in...

My first doodle is a multi-gen, a medium about 20/21" to the shoulder who weighs in at around 3 stone... sorry, too late at night for metric conversions! :oops: My second is a miniature, he weighs about 2 stone and I haven't been able to get him to stand still long enough to measure him properly yet!

Get lots of sleep banked before your new pal arrives, just in case... (I was lucky with one of my doods - he slept through from the second night - but I well-remember the zombified state I was reduced to with the other one! Even if I couldn't actually remember my name, or why I wanted a dog... :shock: ) :lol:

Another thing I would strongly advise you to do is to take out the best insurance policy you can afford before you take your pup for his first check up with the vet. (A Covered for Life policy is the best option as it covers on-going conditions.) I did this with mine with the intention of lowering the level of cover once they proved to be healthy... sadly, my first dood turned out to have HD but the insurance cover has been more than worth it. If you wait until after the vet check, any illness or condition they find won't be covered.

Good Luck! Looking forward to hearing more about your little dood soon -
Anne, Ianto & Wyre x

I did have a little chuckle about your other dog 'teaching itself' toilet training...! I guess at 10 years old we none of us truly appreciate what our parents actually do... :wink:

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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by o4d » 20 Feb 2016, 23:40

Coco and Annie wrote:Congratulations and welcome!

I'm sure you're counting the sleeps away until pick up!

Our Coco is a mini F1 labradoodle. Small lab mum and mini poodle dad. She measures about 17.5 inches and weighs about 17 kg. A perfect size really.

She only sheds a little but as she has a hair coat, I wouldn't say she was particularly allergy-friendly.

Enjoy your pup and pictures please!! X

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I forgot to say in my previous post Coco is so beautiful!

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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by Debby » 21 Feb 2016, 13:30

Welcome to you and Harvey he looks adorable
Willow is now 6 months and her coat is changing
She had looked more like a Labrador with a beard but has now developed a coarser wave Mohican style along her back and looks more wavy than curly
She does shed more so recently but I think that had to do with her coat changing
I use a crate for her only at night but wedged it in the doorway between kitchen/utility do she could toilet in the utility area if she needed to as it upset her if she soiled where she slept
Yes she cried a few times originally but soon settled
During the day I took her out regularly and rarely had accidents (but they do happen)
She got used to being left in the house and I gradually extended the time and always after some exercise/ playtime and would give her a long to distract her
I have been lucky that she has never chewed the furniture or done any damage
Given her things to chew on such as the Bulls pizzle helped
She is very much a Velcro dog and follows me everywhere but I love her company
From a young age I have taken her also to doggy day care initially for a half day which has helped with socialising and she loves it! also puppy class
Putting in the training definitely pays of
Good luck with Harvey and I'm sure he will bring you a lot of joy
Debby

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Post by o4d » 21 Feb 2016, 14:04

Thanks for your replies! I have decided to get a pen with a floor attachment. I got him a cushion/bed which essentially takes up half of the pen and will put puppy pads on the other side so hopefully it'll teach him to go on the puppy pads if he has to. Will also try to just take him out regularly! Eventually I'll give him more freedom first within the room and then allow access to additional rooms slowly hoping the "den" evolves from his bed in the pen to the rest of the flat eventually.

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Re: Soon to be new owner - anxious and excited!

Post by o4d » 27 Feb 2016, 09:37

Harvey arrived yesterday! I have never felt this tired :twisted:

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