(Closed) We Just Became Parents Tonight!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

Awh!!!  No tips – but a HUGE congratulations!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Awe! I still remember the night I got my first pet EVER. A Yorkshire Terrier. Watching her sleep next to her little brother-also yorkie brings tears to my eyes. My advice- it’s okay to be nervous! I was nervous both times. With my first, she didn’t bark. at all. I thought I had been scammed (even though I used a show breeder straight off AKC website). But, eventually when I took a shower the next day she immediately ran to the bathroom door and I heard this little bark! With the boy I was worried how she (being the alpha diva she is) would respond to a new little brother. She picked up his leash off the floor, put it in her mouth and started taking him around the house showing him the different rooms. Now, the breeder said she would do this and I thought she was crazy, but it happened before my brother and I’s own eyes! Whew, that’s a novel. Savior the time as it never gets old and will always be great.

 

Oh, and take a potty pad outside that is scented to attract pets so the dog can begin to learn to pee outside. Ours are indoor/outdoor trained. Give plenty of time to use bathroom too. Puppy is just as nervous as you!

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

ETA: If you want more like useful advice- show the dog it’s food and water bowls early in addition to where it will use restroom. Don’t take the dog into rooms they won’t be allowed in. Show the dog to it’s bed/sleeping quarters, and allow them to just explore their new environment. Mine waited until I was in bed and that’s how I learned she could jump from the floor ALL the way up to my bed (and it’s really high.) If she had those kind of ups I thought she deserved to sleep in the bed with me. Now little man….had to buy him some of those pet stairs as he acts like a helpless little old man. If you have ANY questions at all let me know. I’ll be glad to try to help. I’ve had my dogs for 5 1/2 years now in apartments and a house.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

Aww, congrats!  No real advice, just try to gauge what he wants and needs and try to make him feel comfortable.  He will love you in no time!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What a cutie!!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

More pics please 🙂 Congratulations!!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Congratulations!! He is so cute and seems so loving! If you’re crate training him (which I highly recommend), I would put a shirt or something that smells like you and/or your Fiance so he feels comforted while you guys are sleeping or working.  Thats what I did for my dogs and it seems to help any anxiety new pets might have. Good luck and have fun!!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

@Mrs_Amanda:  I definitely see pit in him but I’m sure you can pass him off as something else too. Youre lucky he is on the smaller side because anything 40+ lbs and I feel like apt complexes start becoming more suspicious. I’m sure you will be fine! He is so cute!!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

Awww congrats, what a cutie. It warms my heart when people adopt ‘older’ animals. Zues is super cute and he’s lucky to have you guys in his life! Are you crating him or will he sleep with you?? I honestly cant remember what happened when we got our pups that first night lol some whimpering but nothing too crazy.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Oh my goodness, what a cutie!  Well you made it through the first night but my advice in general is to expect your dog’s behavior to change as your bond continues to change and grow.  We thought we had the most chill dog every for the first few weeks until she started to come out of her shell in her new home and display what a confident dog she is!  Maybe this is rare for a shelter dog but boy, were we shocked!

The crying will probably ease up as your dog realizes that you can leave his sight and it doesn’t mean you’re leaving forever.  For sleeping, we started out great on the floor in our room but it didn’t last, so we switched over to the crate and that’s going really well.  Expect changes and don’t be afraid to try new things to find what works!  He is so adorable!

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