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Post by Nifty staffy on Fri May 26 2017, 17:09

So to set the scene, I've never owned a canine friend before (or been owned by one Wink )
We'll be going to fetch new pup in a couple of week's time, a Saturday afternoon.

Drive will be short of 2 hours, will have her in a pet carrier on towels.
Presuming high probability of travel sickness, what would be the best way to introduce her to new home ?

She'll be installed in lounge in pen with pet carrier as bed (will have pet rug alternative as well as all the towels she wants)
Part of garden will be fenced off for her when she needs to go outside.

On arriving home, do I let her discover home pen quietly and take a drink or take her to garden directly in case she has further toilet needs ? I can install second pen in garden, is it better to offer toilet breaks loose in pen or on a lead (I have a small harness and leather collar alternative if necessary) ?

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Post by I❤dogs on Sat May 27 2017, 01:08

I think everyone will do things slightly different. Our pup had a 2 hour dive aswell, my son's & I took turns cuddling him. Once back my boys kept him in garden for toilet while I got our Jack Russell to introduce them. Then he lay on our knees in the house & explores when he wanted too. I watched him for signs of needing the toilet & went outside regular. He sleeps in bed with me & has done since the first night. I let him free in garden to pee then once he'd settled introduced harness & lead slowly. Rebel has a crate, I've put treats in but never shut him in. It's only now at 14 weeks he will go in for a nap. My way of settling new pups is cuddles, playing & just getting to know them
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Post by Jnestie84 on Sat May 27 2017, 07:57

We crate trained our puppy. We started off with him in his crate next to the bed then gradually moved the crate further away from our bed until the crate was out of the bedroom. He does get to sleep on the bed when my wife gets her own way though.
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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat May 27 2017, 12:23

Thanks for your feedback.
I must look into this crate training Smile
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Post by Paris1990 on Sat May 27 2017, 12:46

We had our crate set up for Hank before we got him home so as soon as we got him in it was there and that has been the norm for him so we don't get any trouble when he sleeps, or when we know he needs a nap Laughing and when we go to work, we have just started leaving his crate open when we go to work now so he can wander in the kitchen but his bed is in the crate and he often just takes himself in there when he wants to chill Smile very glad we decided to get the crate.
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Post by I❤dogs on Sat May 27 2017, 13:10

I've only heard good about crates. I just leave it for choice as I only work part time so can supervise Rebel a lot. As it turns out he is very good in the house, my 6 year old jack Russell is a great influence. The only thing Rebel chews other than his toys is my bed headboard. When in at work he gets run of living room & hall. When you get to know your new pup you will get a routine that's right for her. Some people laugh at me as I say I practise attachment puppy parenting lol. So Rebel is in my bed & getting lots of cuddles & play time
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Post by Jnestie84 on Sat May 27 2017, 13:26

Gus gets the run of the house when we are out. The only thing he chews are the handles on certain cupboard, no idea what's so nice about them Laughing
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Post by I❤dogs on Sat May 27 2017, 15:26

Lol, I don't get what's so nice about my headboard.im just glad it's not a sofa or something haha
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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat May 27 2017, 18:15

Laughing Your staffies do sound like alot of fun (with a touch of mischief) and even breeder told me that I won't be bored when Nifty arrives.

Ooh, I have a crate question, will try to post in appropriate section
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Post by Jnestie84 on Sat May 27 2017, 18:35

Post it here I'm sure it will be fine. If it isn't I will take he blame Surprised
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Post by Nifty staffy on Sat May 27 2017, 18:49

Thanks James but I've just saved you taking the blame, for this one in any case Wink
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