Post # 1
I can barely contain myself right now! Our adoption application was approved, and this adorable little floof is going to be OUR PUPPY!!! Squeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!
His name is Pan (short for Pantalaimon, to go with our cat Lyra) 🙂
I already love him so much, it is ridiculous 😀
We’ve both had dogs before, but this is our first puppy. We wanted to get a little guy so he can grow up with our cat and be used to her.
Of course we are going to read puppy books and everything too, but I would LOVE to hear your prep checklists and must haves, and any tips.
Post # 3
WHAT AN ADORABLE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!
Crate, nature’s miracle spray, EZ walk harness.
And lots of patience.
Post # 4
Wait- I just realized it’s you! Now I love him even more!!!
Post # 5
Love the name! Those books are amazing!
I second reading lots of puppy books and what to expect, but if you’re adopting him, also check in with the shelter about any problem behaviours he might have so you can be prepared. Good luck, and congratulations!!
Post # 6
Oh. My. God.
When I adopted my dog, I was given a checklist. Did they give you anything or could you ask?
I agree with patience. And treats. Positive reinforcement goes a long way.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
Crate, harness, and toys. I prefer a harness because you have more control and it has to be better than crushing the puppy’s throat with a collar. When he’s old enough for a proper walk get a gentle-leader. Best walking tool out there!
Try not to go too overboard on the toys at first. We ended up saving and introducing toys one by one so that he had a new toy each week. It helped keep him busy and definitely cut down on him getting bored with his toys and going after off-limits things like shoes.
Can you take some time off from work or does one of your work from home? I was off from school for a week or two and that allowed me to better supervise our puppy. It also allowed me to get used to his pee/poo face and hurried bathroom behavior which cut down on accidents in the house. Until he is fully housetrained, don’t leave him alone outside of his crate. My puppy even followed me to the bathroom and I let him because when he was left alone he was more likely to have an accident.
We were able to train with his regular dog food as treats rather than dog buscuits. As a result we have a lot less issues with weight gain now that he’s an older dog.
Post # 8
AWWWW! Congratulations!!! I was hoping that would work out for you guys
My first suggestion would be to decide whether or not you want to let him in your bedroom/ on the bed.. and stick with it!
Once the first night comes, he might get sad and keeping yourself from comforting a crying puppy is truly one of the most heartrending ordeals, so you need to really have thought out your decision beforehand, because you’ll need all your resolve.
Good luck, and congratulations again!!
PS: Love the Pullman reference!
Post # 9
I’m so slow, I just realized that was a Dark Materials reference. I thought the names sounded familiar!
Post # 10
Carpet clearner (PP mentioned Nature’s Miracle, a great brand) and lots of paper towels. Housetraining is much easier when these things are on hand.
My dog was 8 months when we got him and still very much in puppy mode. He is much more of a chewer than my previous dogs so I didn’t expect all the trouble he got into. Make sure cords are secure or hidden, watch out for anything with tassels or fringe (like rugs), and secure anything at his level that might have a sent (candles, houseplants, baskets made of natural fibers, etc.)
They’re so inquisitive at that age…I’m sure no matter how you prep he’ll still get into all kinds of adorable trouble 😉
Post # 11
OMG so darling!!!!
Clear the floor and make sure nothing you like a lot is touching it. My puppy decided to chew up the leg of our table!! I mean, it was kind of stick like… Also the potty clean up products are a must have. A crate is great and if you have to be gone, an old tshirt that smells like you was great for keeping our puppy from whining so much.
Post # 12
Oh my gosh! I am so glad you got him!!! I love his white face 🙂 It looks like he got into some white cream and it stuck to his nose 🙂
I definitely recommend getting him a little dog bed – my dog loves hers SO much. Also, get really high quality dog food, it is worth it!
Post # 13
Yayy! When do you get him??
Post # 14
@mamadingdong: Lol, thanks dear 🙂 Our neighbor just got a (VERY hyper) puppy, so it is a good reminder of what’s to come for us. But we feel like we are ready!
@LadyElva: We’ve talked with the rescue a few times, and it seems like he is relatively laid back little guy 🙂 And thanks!
@DeadlyNightshade: I think they might. We just got the email that we are approved, and she said she’ll be sending three more emails over the course of the day, so it might come later. I am just too excited to wait lol. Thank you for the tips! What type of treats does your pup like?
@beachbride1216: Thank you for the advice! He will actually arrive the weekend before Christmas, which is great because I will have 5 straigh days with him before I got back to work 🙂 The timing is perfect!
@mousewife-in-training: Thanks girl! It is a good thing I hadn;t found out yet at the meetup last night – I don’t think I would have been able to shut up about it lol. I think he’ll prob end up sleeping on the bed. Our cats does, and we aren’t getting him for protection – plus we’ll just want to cuddle him!
@Kit_Kath: Great advice! I didn’t think about cords. We actually don’t have any carpet or rugs, so hopefully that makes things a bit easier 🙂
@chasesgirl: Awww, the t-shirt tip is sweet, and makes sense! We will be getting a crate for him. Any particular type you recommend?
@cbee: Oh, such a perfect (and adorable) description! Any particular brand of food you recommend?
@Ms.Dachshund: December 22nd! He will be our Christmas pup (and you better beliee I am putting him in a stocking at some point lol)
Post # 15
Congratulations!! He is adorable!!
Will you be crate training him? Its much easier to house break dogs with crate training and not using pee pads. Even though you don’t have carpets or rugs, I definitely suggest using Nature’s Miracle to clean up after him since it removes the smell. If he continues to smell where he had an accident, he will do it again in the same place.
I second the easy walker harness – its completely changed the way our pup walks on a leash.
Post # 16
@AmyFarrahFowler: Thank you! Yep, we will be crate training him. Do you recommend any particlar type?