(Closed) I love my new puppy…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
238 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I have had many, many puppies. We raised Seeing Eye dogs in my house. The little puppy stage is exhausting. It’s like raising a kid! They don’t know what’s right and wrong yet. Stick with it. You sound like you’re doing an awesome job, and once they come out of the puppy stage, it’s alot easier. You are getting a great, life-long friend. Good Luck! 

P.S. If you have any puppy questions, feel free to PM me. 

Post # 4
51 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

puppies are so hard! I love my dog to death but when he was a pup he was such a handful! He is 2 years old now and I still watch him constantly. We love him for than words can say he is our baby!!! but he is a lot of work and 100% worth it

Post # 5
3170 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Oh yes! We have a pit puppy and he is 100% insane but he is about the cutest thing i’ve ever seen. So, we deal with it but he has chewed up almost every dish rag I hang on our drawer pulls. Ugh. good luck!

Post # 6
7769 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is so much work!  Just be strong, it will get better.  My dog was a mess and I was “known” for it :/ and everyone was hard on me and terrible to us.  That was the end of roommates!  Now she is freaky-trained.  They are just naughty for the first year.  I had a lot of things ruined…

Post # 7
1100 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My black lab puppy is so energetic (duh he’s a lab) that no matter how much we play, he can still keep going. I get frustrated with his ability to never want to just chill. My other lab just stares at the pup like is he insane?! But no matter what, that puppy is a huge peice of my heart and is my baby ( 1 of them;).  He follows me everywhere, stares at me til I wake up, greets me when I come home, and when I’m sad (ie: cry when watching movies) he just sits right infront of me and puts his paw on my leg and I just melt. Then I remember that even though he can drive me crazy, he is worth it. Oh, and it won’t last forever! Just stick with major ground rules and inforce them.

Post # 9
198 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I totally has post-puppy depression after we first got my dog last year. A lack of sleep combined with a pretty bad allergic reaction on the part of my husband had us at our wits end. It did get better, of course, and all the time and energy put in at the beginning has paid off. It sounds like you are doing a great job and know that you will see the benefits of your hard work 🙂

Post # 10
813 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Aw your pup sounds cute! and I know what you mean! Now my dog is 5 and literally sleeps ALL day and night unless we want her to be up and play, etc. We never have to worry about her.. it is awesome and she is the best companion! You will have that soon 🙂

Post # 12
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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@newenglandgirl:  He is an Aussie so they are known for being very good companions and smart. When I was at my parents house I lived with a 11 year old dog that was like your, calm unless you started to play with him. Very different from this puppy! lol.

Just as an FYI, (in case you didn’t already know!), Aussies are extremely smart, but they are also extemely high energy pretty much throughout their lives, (it’s why they are such good herders, flyball, agility, and frisbee dogs!).  Make sure he receives losts of physical and most importantly, mental stimulation!  

Also, pictures would be awesome!  (hint, hint!)

Post # 15
2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I LOVE the tri-colors!  I love Aussies, but the tris are my very favorite.  *I die*  Really hope to have one some day, but right now I don’t have the ability to deal with all that energy!  LOL!  Also, THANK YOU for researching the breed before you got one!  

Many places (at least in my area, not sure where you’re from), offer puppy kindergarden classes.  Once they’ve had their shots, they are able to go.  Those classes are MOSTLY puppy play-time (for socialization), but they also start basic obedience commands (like “sit”) and help you deal with common puppy issues like chewing, house-training, etc.  I think you said in your OP though that you were looking for something like this, so sorry if I’m repeating what you already know!  LOL!  Also, not sure if he’s potty-trained, but Aussie’s intelligence can sometimes backfire in this area.  MAKE SURE you put a command to the action of peeing and pooping, because if you’re only praising, you may get an unpleasant surprise on your rug when you tell your dog, “Good boy!” Tongue Out

They make lots of games/toys that are geared toward making dogs exersise their brains, (toys like these, for example, make the dog work for their food/treats http://helpingudders.com/cat-TOYS+-+TREAT+DISPENSING-28.aspx).  This is especially imporant for highly intelligenct breeds like Aussies and BCs.  Also, since “forced exercise” (I hate that term, since it sounds like you are chasing after the dog with a whip!  Hehe!), is not a good idea until the growth plates have closed, you’ll want to find activities that wear him out mentally, and/or phsycially but without the demand of say, running on leash.  Running in the yard is fine, especially on soft grass, just avoid the on-leash stuff until later, (a year is the recomendation I see most often, though your vet can tell you more, or can even do x-rays to find out when his growth plates have closed).  A “job” to an Aussie can be something as simple a training and performing tricks.  Also, (and again, I’m not sure where you live), but there are groups that offer herding training…great fun for your dog, and physical and mental excersise!

Check in to flyball, frisbee, and/or agility, (they even have puppy agility classes, of course with no jumps) and see if any of those activites interest you.  I soooo want to do agility!

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