(Closed) Calling All Dog Owners!

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I am a big believer in crate training, and get one with a divider (especially if you end up with a puppy!). Also, rawhides!!! And poop bags lol.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

must have accessories? one thing – especially depending on the size and age of the dog – BONES – seriously as many chew bones as possible…one of our babies is only 1 year and 3 months old – so pretty much still a puppy – while her chewing has gotten a little bit under control – we still try to make sure she has as many bones and chew bones as possible to keep her “occupied” so that she doesn’t destroy our stuff…which yeah – won’t go there, but she’s destroyed enough things as it is…

our pug – 25 pounds and 7 years old doesn’t (can’t really) chew on anything – but our golden lab/retreiver mix chews on EVERYTHING – she’s 75 pounds now and if she can get her teeth around it, she does!

good luck! what kind of dog are you thinking of rescuing?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

The best thing I found in bonding a dog to you was with my little boy. I kept him tied to me, literally for the first week or so. Also, pet beds are very helpful in creating a “me” space for the dog. Definitely have a dedicated collar for each dog you own. That way it’s the correct size everytime you need it.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee

Cheese.  We foster puppies and most of them come in scared and unsure.  A couple of cheese treats and their little tails start heading north and they will follow me anywhere.

Also agree with the rawhides, those tiny teeth need something productive to chew on. 

Carve out a little niche for them, whether it’s in a crate or under a desk or something, but a comfy bed in a safe little space is a great haven for them to turn to when they get sleepy.  For the bed just touch it and what you would like they’ll like.  All the pups have been extreme creatures of comfort and just wanted super soft places to sleep.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I would pick up a variety of toys, you never know what your dog will like.  My dog only likes edible toys (rawhide, edible treats) and plush squeaky toys.  She won’t touch a rubber toy or a rope.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I prefer stainless steel bowls b/c of germ issues.  They are easy to clean, too.  As for collars and leads, I am a *HUGE* fan of Lupine.  The company guarantees their product.  If you dog chews up the collar or leash, just send it back and Lupine will mail you another.

Other must haves:

*chew toys and/or kongs

*appropriate sized crate

*poop bags!!!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Besides for supplies also do some puppy proofing making sure wires are tucked away and nothing easily knocked down is in rumble reach – puppies aren’t so coordinated so if it can be knocked down it often will be.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

you need a crate. we train our puppy with create . it was great . he is close to be a year old and he is used to his create. he sleep in his create and stay in his create while we are out of the house. the training was easier. also buy a lot of toys but dont give all the toys at once. i think my dog is half goat because he eats anything. so we buy a lot of toys when they are on sale and keeps them. when is time to replace one he destroy we already have one in stock. our puppy is a rescue and it wasnt easy but he has been a great company for my daughter 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

She’s adorable!! About the crate, my puppy freaks out if we leave him in the kitchen alone, if he’s in his crate he’s fine. I think you’ll have to wait and see, but sometimes yeah, they do feel really safe in there. We put a blanket in there with him so he’s all cozy ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

she looks sooo cute!!  i think that if she already used to create she will feel safer in the create..

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

yay!! so exciting and SO glad you’re getting from rescue! I have a corgi, which is similar to aussies in size and herding instincts. I’m not sure how they are on chewing, but my corgi is a TURBO chewer. He can bust most toys in 2 seconds flat. My must have stuff: 

1) LEATHER leash. Its more durable and if he runs unexpectedly you won’t get rope burn

2) poop bags that stay on the leash all the time. you can’t ever forget them ๐Ÿ™‚

3) kongs. kong everything

4) knuckle bones. i get him the unflavored ones and he looooooves them. He’s almost obsessed. plus they’re cheap (like $4) and they last for-ever. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

A gentle leader, a “stuff sack,” a Kong, tennis balls, compressed rawhide bones, and a crate (we got ours used on Craigslist–huge savings and just needed a scrubbing).

p.s. Congrats on your pending adoption–our rescue lights up our lives every day ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

My dog LOOVES bully sticks.  I’m a little grossed out by them (they’re made from bull testicles) and they smell awful, but he cannot get enough of them.

They’re suppose to be more gentle than rawhide on the tummy. 

My dog also loves Cheerios. 

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