(Closed) New Puppy Questions!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 4
14657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Aww, what a cutie!  We’re waiting 3 weeks to pick up our pup too so I’m interested in hearing some answers.  I was going to buy a large crate and section it off so he has room to grow into it and we dont have to buy multiple crates.  I’ve read articles that you should find out what kind of food he’s eating now so you can feed him the same when he gets home, and to try to get a toy with the scent of his littermates to comfort him his first few nights home. 

Post # 5
801 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

In regard to the crate, I would suggest you get a crate that is sized for him as an adult.  Many of them come with a divider panel that you can use for puppyhood so you can make the crate smaller and increase it as he grows but so you don’t have to buy more than one crate. 

In regard to ring worm, speak to your vet.  He/she will have the best advice for you on what to look for and concerns you may have.

Such a cute puppy by the way.  I am always amazed at people that can/will abuse animals.

Post # 6
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

He is SO cute!! Makes me want another puppy 🙂

Definitely get a crate that fits him now. The training won’t be effective if he has too much room to move around in there. They are supposed to be able to stand up and turn around in it, but not actually walk around.

That’s really all you need for a while – maybe some training treats to help with training other things – sit, stay, etc.


Post # 7
2422 posts
Buzzing bee

OMG, he’s adorable! 

If he hasn’t shown signs of ringworm by the time you get him I’m sure he’ll be fine. As for the crate, I’d suggest either the divided ones or picking up a small one for now. I’m sure you could get one from Craigslist for pretty cheap. 

Post # 8
5670 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010


That seems to be very common in new puppies especially shelter puppies. In the first couple of month that you have him you will be going to the vet quite often. If he doesn’t test positive when he leaves the shelter then he most likely will not develop it but since you will go to the very often over the first couple of months if anything arises then they will find it.

In regards to the crate. I know most people will disagree but both of my dogs were in a large dog crate as puppies. Neither one had an accident in their crate. I did this since they were in the crate for a couple of hours a day it at least gave them time to stretch and if you have ever seen the larger crates it isn’t like they can go to the bathroom far away from where they lay. Even in a larger crate they would still have to be right next to their mess and smell it, not to be gross. Just make sure he goes out every couple of hours and in the beginning his accidents are your fault and not his.

Make sure you have bowls, bones, and plenty of toys. If you do not want your dog to chew things he isn’t supposed to then he has to have things he is allowed to chew. I also recommend a dog bed (a cheap one because they don’t last too long in the beginning) or some type of blanket that is dedicated to him. This way he can have a place to lay during quiet time when he is out of the crate.

Rescue dogs are the best!


Post # 9
13096 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Aww – what a cutie!

Definitely get a crate that fits him now.  Crate training will be a bit worthless if he has too much space (because then he can just pee/poop in one corner and have plenty of space to be away from it).  Some large crates come with a divider so you could make it smaller for him now and then move the divider to increase the crate size as he grows.  That is probably a good bet for you.

I don’t know much about ringworm other than the fact it can be difficult to treat and the dogs can pass it to humans or other pets.

Post # 10
1239 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

You can get the wire crate from PetCo or PetSmart or any place like that. And they have a divider so you don’t have to KEEP buying crates. Just make it small at first. 

Cover it up with a blanket so its more like a den to them. And put an old shirt in there that you can sleep with some nights and trade them out every few nights.

Post # 11
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’d say that if he doesn’t show any signs of ringworm by the time you get him, you’re good to go. I’d ask your vet for the exact incubation period… I do know that its a fungus and not a parasite. I second the other PPs idea about getting a large crate you can section off a little at a time so you don’t have to keep buying crates! And congratulations! Rescue dogs are the BEST!!!

Post # 12
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I love him!!!!  My advice is to get alot of different toys and rawhides so when he starts trying to bite you or an object, you can throw a toy or a chewie into his mouth and teach him no biting right away.

Post # 13
258 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Get a bigger crate with a divider and save youself some money in the long run. If you have a Petco near you, take in your adoption papers and they’ll give you a booklet with a ton of coupons. One is for dog training classes, which will be super helpful with potty training.

Post # 14
709 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

our puppy loved the rubber bones to chew on. if its an abuse case, snuggle him as much as you can. lol. ours was left in a sealed cardboard box outside a shelter at 4 weeks. dogs subconsciously remember these things and at 8 months, we’re still working on attention issues due to abandonment at such a young age.

he won’t get very big so just get a medium size crate. and put a small stuffed animal in there. lol.

Post # 15
3041 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Ringworm! HIGHLY contageous. Basically like a horrible poison oak that attacks the skin & makes fur fall out & its super hard to get rid of. Its not an internal parasite, but its from the athletes foot family.

Ringworm consumed my life for about 3 months. My rescue kittens had it, I had to wash them in smelly sulfer/ egg smelling shampoo every other day. I had to wear gloves, I had to mop daily, I had to lysol everything daily. I had to wash my hands every time I touched them & wash my shoes. I had to wear a shower cap while being around the kittens so that I wouldn’t get it in my hair. I had to give them meds every day. I prayed they wouldn’t die (but mine had a very severe case & the vet didn’t think one of my 2 kittens would make it).

Generally kids & old people & young puppies/kittens are the most prone to getting them. I’m a healthy adult & I got it, but it was at a time when I worked 2 jobs & was stressed out because my 2nd job was horrible.

Ringworm takes about 2 weeks to see. The hair will fall out, generally around the tail, lower legs/feet & face/nose area. 

Did you handle the pups or just look at them?

If you have ANY questions about ringworm, I consider myself a pro. lol.

See this post (its like 7 pages, but has lots of info, I was clueless to ringworm when I first had to deal with it as well): http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/20-kittens-in-a-box/page/7

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