Post # 1
Hello fellow bees. On Friday we are picking up a puppy we reserved at the pound (he had to get neutered). FI and I are moving into a new apt next Monday and they allow pets. FI decided he wanted to go to the pound “just to look” for the future but we fell in love with a 6 mo old boy who is half chihuahua and hald jack russel. I have never had a dog before but have always wanted one. We currently have a bunny and have had her for a year but she is in a cage and easy to take care of. Will having a dog hinder our relationship? (As in, will we pay more attention to the dog than eachother?)
Post # 3
Oh no. My guess is, if anything, you guys will bond over the dog. Taking walks and stuff will become a “family” activity. 🙂
Post # 4
It’s what you make of it. For us, it made us become more of a family. We both treated our dog like a daughter which made us feel more like parents. We had to work together to train her, to feed her, to bathe her, and to pick up after her. It’s a lot of work but my dog brings us an unimaginable amount of joy.
Post # 5
Our dog is like our baby. I can’t imaginelife without her.
It’s a lot like having a child as far as discipline. You need to be on the same page with things like, is the dog allowed on the furniture? Are you going to give her scraps? Stuff like that.
A puppy is a lot of work initially. They chew EVERYTHING and you have to let them out at least every few hours, including during the night, and that lasts about 4-5 months, depending on the size of the dog and how quickly they learn.
You will love being a dog mom!
Post # 6
The biggest thing to remember is to train the dog. It will be hard not to treat it like your “baby” but just like kids, puppies turn into dogs and if you don’t train them well, it can be a disaster.
The better you train a dog the less stress it will be as well. If you have a nice loveable pet, yes its something you can easily bond over. However, if you don’t train the dog well, the dog can become a stress and like any stress, can cause fighting, etc.
Do you know if the dog is house trained already? I would think that at 6 months he should be close. If he’s not, you and your FI will have to decide who will take him out and how often. The more frequently you take him out the less likely he is to pee in the house. Also, getting puppies out of the house for walks gives them stimulation which can help with their high energy.
Look into local puppy classes that maybe you guys can take him to? PetsMart has some basic ones that are pretty cheap. If not, go online and read about how to train your dog basic commands (sit, stay, etc). It really can be very basic, but if you don’t know what your doing, you should take a class or learn online.
Best wishes, post pictures of the little guy soon!
Post # 7
Agreed w/ pp. Biggest thing you can do for your home, your stuff, your relationship, and your new dog? Get it into puppy classes ASAP. A trained dog is a happy dog.
Post # 8
and a trained dog is happy owners…We dont have the money for dog training lessons but we can’t wait to get some. we have a corgi and he’s only now turning a year old – and BE AWARE IF YOUR NEIGHBOR HAS A DOG.
especially one that acts bad – our neighbors dog barks all the time even if a d*mn blade of grass moves the wrong way and it makes our dog a whiny barky puppy and he never was before, it’s the biggest annoyance we have.
Post # 9
Another vote for “training classes” here. Training is key; and training classes both help train the dog and help a first-time dog owner know how to handle the dog. And it helps with socializing the dog.
And I have to add a plug about food. I’m a bit crazy over pet food (my dogs eat a home prepared raw prey-model diet). As far as dry dog foods though, I recommend the website DogFoodAnalysis.com and checking out the “Reviews” section. (Don’t buy a food just because it’s advertised on TV or because your vet sells/recommends it; neither of those are necessarily an indication of quality.)
Post # 10
I am sure you have already factored the high costs of getting a dog; apartment deposits and fees, vet bills, basic vaccinations, food, toys and grooming will all be out of pocket expenses. We don’t feed our dog raw diet or do anything really out of the ordinary, but I’d say that between those things (minus the apartment stuff because we have a house) we easily dropped $2k that first year, year and a half or so. Our dog is also a breed that chews/eats things, so we had a few ingestion scares which racked up our bills. You really never know what your pooch can and will get into until you learn your lesson! In my opinion, it’s incredibly important to include training in that amount. You will thank yourself ten times over when your fur baby is older!
Keep in mind that at 6 months, you dog probably doesn’t need the ‘puppy’ branded class (which is usually more about playing nice with others and socialization) but really he will need a training class. I’m a big advocate for class-based training – mostly because it teaches YOU the owner HOW to train your pet, which is really important. With this being your first ever dog, all the more reason to enroll for both of you sake and for a happier, healthier life for the entire family.
Basic obedience classes are also a great way for the two of you to bond over the dog. When we got our puppy taking him once a week to ‘school’ was almost a built in date night for us (we would take him to class and usually grab an ice cream on the way home). Make it into something fun!