Words of Wisdom – Getting Puppies

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
483 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

Suggest reading Cesar Milan. I’m not sure if he talks about getting two puppies at the same time (that is a lot of work) but he definitely can give you tips on puppies in general. 

Post # 5
4072 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Everything I’ve ever read says to never get two puppies at the same time. They will bond with each other and not with you. I could be wrong for all I know, as I am no expert.

Post # 6
4827 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

BtoR:  I’ve had shelter dogs (and cats! and rats actually) for 30 years now. All I can say is EXERCISE them. Cages (aka “crates”) to me are inhumane but I know they work for some people. Dogs need at least 45 minites of exercise a day. If they are stimulated and not left alone too long, generally they will behave. Other things that have worked for me:

  • lots of dog parks and exposure to kids
  • don’t give them jerky treats from China (some have bene contaminated and killed dogs)
  • don’t feed them from the table


Remember, a good dog is a tired dog! 

Post # 10
1451 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Exercise!!!! Most behavior problems are just excess energy, they must be exercised!!! I have a blue heeler/airdale terrier mix and she still chews up stuff after an hour and a half straight of frisbee.

Find a dog park, they are GREAT for socialization and meeting other dog owners. not to mention exercise.

puppy obedience classes are good too, to train YOU how to work with them. 

Did I say exercise already??

Post # 12
6788 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Hmm. This sounds like a bad idea to me. Puppies are VERY destructive and I have a feeling that you might one day come home to missing kitchen cabinet doors. I tried to do the “no crate” thing with my dogs and confined them to the living room when I was gone, and like you, would slip home from work during the day to let them out. It was a disaster. They chewed my coffee table legs and corners off, ruined my couch, ate all the buttons off every single coat I owned, ate an expensive bag, and 1/4 of my AREA RUG! 

Teething puppies are a force to be reckoned with and need to be put in a kennel. Also, puppies are likely to get diahreah from parasites or food changes, and thankfully mine were crated by the time this problem arose. Let me tell you, it’s much easier hosing diahreah out of a crate then scrubbing it off your brand new carpets.

Post # 14
980 posts
Busy bee

Why not 2 older dogs? You can often get siblings or parents and their pups from shelters who really need to be rehomed together! I, and many others, would love to adopt a pair like that but am not in the position to adopt 2. If you are I think it would be great for you and the dogs. Also if they’re older they’re generally already (at least slightly) trained and you already know their personality. 

Post # 15
1583 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’d make sure you get a dog/dogs with the energy level you are prepared to deal with. I know someone who adopted a beagle puppy and was so not prepared to deal with the energy level of a beagle puppy. She ended up giving the dog back to the shelter and it was adopted by someone else. Dogs (and particularly puppies) are a lot of work. You need to not only get them trained to go outside to do their business but also how to behave (ie not jumping on people etc). Another friend has 4 malamutes and they did not get them all at once. They got one and added on from there. I’d suggest getting one dog and go from there.

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