1. When bringing her home, should she be in a kennel for safety, or on my lap for comfort?
2. In her crate at home, should there be a towel or blanket to lay on, or nothing at first in case she chews or pees on it?
3. ok, really dumb question-has anybody seen those things that you are supposed to stick in the ground and they entice a dog to go potty there? Do these things really work, or is that just a money-making scheme?!!!
1. I let mine sit in the back seat with me while my father drove us home. The crate he came in was full of pee so I couldn't leaev him in there (he came on an airplane)
2. You should only give her enough room in her crate to lay down, stand up and turn around. She will not (should not) soil the crate if she only has that much room because nobody wants to soil their bed. Mine always had a blanket or pad and he has never soiled it.
#1.) I would say whichever place she feels more comfortable. Depending on the breed, some take more time to warm up to a new family. If she is happy in your lap then I think it is always good to establish your self as her safe person right away.
#2.) A towel or old T-shirt is always a good thing to have in a kennel for a new pup - but here is the key - make sure if has your scent on it. Carry it around for a day before she comes home. Dogs place a good deal of importance on smell and having your smell be a sense of comfort is a good thing. Expect her to possibly pee on anything and everything she can. :) That is the joys of a new puppy. :) So have a "back up". But don't take comfortable things away from her just because you are wary of her peeing on things. Make sure that whatever you give her is something you are not super attached to as you won't be getting it back. :) I always recommend that you allow your puppy to have something that smells like you with them whenever you kennel or crate them as it lets them know they are NOT being punished and that this is their special place and they get to have a piece of you with them all the time. This also helps reduce seperation anxiety.
Both posters are right. If you allow the pup to ride on your lap, it will allow you bonding time.
Abby hit the nail on the head with the scent. I always left an old tee shirt that I had worn around the house the day before. Since I have a plethora of them, no loss when they got nibbled or chewed. Never did get peed on though!
As for the lure in the yard, no idea iof they work or not. I always found that taking them to the same spot in the yard, encouring them in a "go potty", happy voice, with praise worked.
That is, except for Beau, the dog from outter space! He ALWAYS saved "a little something special" for mom! Ah well...I was right in saying to myself, "this too shall pass"!
Oh, I can't wait! I want to go get her right now! We already have her crate in the kitchen ready for her. I think the cats know what is going on, though, because one of them peed right beside the crate this morning!
My cats slept in Riley's crate before I got him. I had to give his mat a good wash before he came home and I put a big t-shirt of mine in there. He still likes my clothes in there when I have to leave him to go to work.
We drove to Ct to pick Pipey up,4 hour drive.On the way home Pipey sat in lap wrapped in a blanket.The bond I have with her now,she's 18 months is unbelievable. She's my velcro doggy.The ride home on your lap creates trust for the little puppy.
A kennel would be a great idea, just in case. Bring a towel with you and rub down the mother or the other pups, so the smell comes home with you in the crate. The smell in the crate will make the pup secure.
You're not going to believe this...tomorrow is the 1st day of spring turkey, so we have to wait till AFTER dh gets home from turkey hunting to get her! Fortunately, he doesn't go out all day for turkey like he does for deer, so we'll probably get her tomorrow around lunch time!